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End-of-the-Year Roundup: Top 16 Success Stories

From the desk of Congressman Fred Upton

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Washington, December 21, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released a list of his top 16 success stories of 2016.

“We had a busy year, and despite the odds, we were able to accomplish big things in 2016,” said Upton. “From top-notch constituent service operations, to legislative accomplishments such as a national defense bill that aims to provide the largest pay-raise to our troops in six years, water infrastructure improvements and updates that specifically helped Flint residents, meaningful mental health reforms, and, of course, the groundbreaking 21st Century Cures Act that will bring faster cures to patients in need, Congress worked together in 2016 to accomplish tremendous things for the American people.”

Below are 16 examples of that bipartisan success from 2016:

1.     Game-changing medical innovation bill, 21st Century Cures, now law

2.     Unmatched constituent services  

3.     Federal aid for Flint

4.     Sweeping, bipartisan opioid abuse package signed into law

5.     Landmark, bipartisan mental health reform legislation signed into law

6.     President Obama signs bipartisan pipeline safety legislation into law

7.     The most meaningful chemical safety reforms in a quarter century signed into law

8.     Upton/Peters defense legislation signed into law

9.     Bipartisan legislation to protect sexual assault survivors signed into law

10.  A significant victory for Ibrahim Parlak to stay in the United States

11.  Critical defense bill aims to give our troops their biggest pay-raise in six years

12.  Michigan delegation continues bipartisan fight for Fort Custer

13.  Funding to fight the Zika virus

14.  Local FIRST Robotics teams take center stage in Washington, D.C.

15.  Advancing bipartisan legislation to support the health of our Great Lakes

16.  Bipartisan, bicameral legislation to honor South Haven Vietnam War veteran with Medal of Honor moves forward

 BONUS: The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series


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