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  • Upton: Tariff Reversal a ‘Victory for Local Journalism’
    Posted in Press Releases on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today reacted to the news that tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated ground wood paper had been reversed by a unanimous 5 to 0 vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission. “These misguided tariffs were harmful to local journalism – the lifeblood of our communities,” said Upton. “They were already significantly raising costs for local newspapers, threatening jobs and the delivery of the news. We worked hard to remove them and must remain vigilant they don... Read more

  • Upton Announces New Community Development Block Grant for Portage
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced a new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Portage, Michigan. The grant, allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is worth $237,119 and is to be used for housing assistance programs, homebuyer down payment assistance programs, neighborhood improvements, human/public services, and administration. “This community development block grant will improve lives right here in Portage,” said Upton. “Affordable housing ... Read more

  • Upton Announces Great Lakes Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on August 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that the Allegan Conservation District has been awarded an $180,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant by the Great Lakes Commission (GLC). The Allegan Conservation District Project will encourage the implementation of best management practices to reduce sedimentation in the Gun River Watershed through a performance-based incentive program. “This is a significant recognition of the Allegan Conservation District’s work to protect th... Read more

  • Upton on Recent Rural Development Grants in Southwest Michigan
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two new investments in the Village of Baroda and Van Buren County totaling $136,000: “These new rural development investments will have a positive impact on Southwest Michigan. They will directly help boost our local economy and create local jobs. We’re excited to see these projects and investments move forward for the betterment of all in our communities.... Read more

  • Upton Champions Bipartisan “Break the Gridlock” Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus in introducing a package of changes to the House Rules to make Congress work better for the American people. The proposed rule changes reward transparency, encourage a willingness to reach across the aisle, create debate on divisive issues, and empower lawmakers to find real solutions concerning our nation’s most pressing matters. “It’s time to make Washington more accountable to the A... Read more

  • Upton Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Career and Technical Education Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today applauded the passage of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for approval. “This bipartisan bill is all about preparing Southwest Michigan students for the workforce and good-paying jobs,” said Upton. “Local career and technical education, or CTE, programs help high school and community college students obtain hands-on experience necessary... Read more

  • Upton on Pfizer Investment in Kalamazoo County
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Pfizer announced a major expansion in Kalamazoo County that is to include the creation of hundreds of good-paying jobs and nearly $500 million in new investments: “This is huge news for our community. Having met directly with Pfizer leadership and other local folks about this a year ago, today truly is a great day. We’re all very excited to see this community partnership prosper. “As CEO Ian Read said himself, this ... Read more

  • Upton Champions Repeal of Medical Device Tax
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy & Jobs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation repeals the Medical Device Tax and was passed by a 283 to 132 vote. “Protecting Michigan jobs is a top priority of mine and getting rid of the medical device tax once and for all is critical to Southwest Michigan’s med-tech industry,” said Upton. “As I’ve heard directly, the medical device tax has c... Read more

  • Upton Votes to Fully Fund GLRI
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Environment & Great Lakes, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 6147, the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019. This bill includes full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Upton released the following statement: “This is more great news for our Great Lakes. This legislation fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – a critical program that helps us strengthe... Read more

  • Upton, Kildee Call on EPA to Strengthen Drinking Water Protections for Dangerous PFAS Chemicals
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy & Jobs, Veterans Affairs, Results for Southwest Michigan

    U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, today sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler pushing the agency to strengthen drinking water safeguards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS). The bipartisan call from lawmakers comes after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report showing PFAS chemicals, increasingly being found in drinking water across the nation, are more dang... Read more

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