Upton issues statement after opposing House Res. 660
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) issued the following statement after opposing House Res. 660:
“After closely reviewing the text of House Resolution 660 and listening to my constituents, I voted no on today’s resolution. The resolution itself is a little inside baseball, but as I view it, the Democrats appear to be trying to put the genie back in the bottle after they already started this investigation which has only featured closed-door hearings and testimonies available to a select number of members.
“I have been absolutely clear that from the beginning I wanted to see an open, transparent, and fact-based process because I have been troubled by what has come out. Legitimate questions remain to be answered. But I have been frustrated by how closed-off the process has been so far. This is not how this is supposed to work in any committee, and I believe the resolution we voted on today would fail to put an end to the lack of transparency we have seen throughout this investigation.
“Today’s vote also only serves as further distraction from working on important, bipartisan issues. This week was wasted talking all about this vote – even though it simply reaffirms the current broken process - and now there are only 16 legislative days scheduled for the remainder of the year, leaving little time to do the nation’s business. I believe that it is possible to walk and chew gum at the same time, and I will continue to fight for solutions that address the biggest issues facing the folks of southwest Michigan, including lowering prescription drug costs, funding our national defense, and strengthening our economy.”