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End-of-the-Year Roundup: 7 Wins in '17

Successes include constituent services, pro-growth tax reform, Great Lakes health, 21st Century Cures & more

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Washington, December 22, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released a list of the top seven wins for constituents this year. Below is the list along with comments from Upton on why each is important to folks in Michigan.

Win #1: Top-notch constituent services. Upton on its importance: “My top priority as a Member of Congress is helping folks in Southwest Michigan solve problems big and small. With nearly 500 meetings and events directly with constituents we were able to productively discuss important issues and I’m able to get valuable feedback on the issues of the day. My office was also able to assist more than 1,200 Southwest Michigan residents with casework issues. We also focused on common-sense policy solutions that achieve real results for folks here at home.”

Win #2: Implementation of 21st Century Cures Act. Upton on its importance: “When we started crafting 21st Century Cures we began with one goal in mind: helping patients and their families. Throughout this year we saw that is exactly what our landmark bill is doing. By providing more resources to the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration, as well as reforming our mental health system and providing funding for the opioids fight, we are delivering on our promise. Cures will continue to play an important role in the national health care conversation in the years ahead. Count on it.”

Win #3: Pro-growth tax reform for the first time since 1986. Upton on its importance: “This legislation, soon to be signed into law, will deliver historic tax relief for Michigan workers, families, and job creators. By overhauling our tax code for the first time in 31 years we will deliver more jobs, increase paychecks, and make the tax code simpler and fairer for all Americans.” 

Win #4: Help on the way in opioids fight. Upton on its importance: “Federal grants to fight the opioids epidemic, made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act, will directly help those in need here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. We fought hard to include these resources and now, we’re delivering. To those in the midst of this fight: Help is on the way.”

Win #5: Signed into law: Bipartisan bill to reauthorize Food and Drug Administration. Upton on its importance: “Workers, job creators, and patients here in Southwest Michigan depend on this critical public health legislation and we came through. It’s a win-win for our economy and for patients across the country.”

Win #6: Great news for the Great Lakes. Upton on its importance: “Our Great Lakes face many challenges and it’s more important than ever to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure the health and beauty of these natural resources can be enjoyed by all for generations to come. That’s exactly what we did in 2017 and that focus will continue into the New Year.”

Win #7: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) signed into law. Upton on its importance: “America faces grave threats from terrorist organizations and rogue nations alike. Specifically, this year’s NDAA boosts investment in our military cybersecurity capabilities, which will help our Battle Creek Cyber Command. We should always looks for ways to work together to bolster our national security, modernize our military, and make our country more safe and secure.”

See even more legislative wins from the past year here.

Stay tuned for more end-of-the-year content from Upton’s office.  

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