WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced H.R. 5050, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation contains spending authorizations for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and targeted mandates to increase transparency and accountability, complete overdue regulations, and improve safety. The legislation also tightens provisions allowing PHMSA to issue emergency orders, brings transparency and interagency reviews to the regulatory process, and increases inspections for some underwater oil pipelines, including the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.
“Pipeline safety is something that we should all take seriously and it’s been a priority of mine since I became chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee following the spill in Southwest Michigan that impacted the Kalamazoo River,” said Upton. “While an accident can happen in an instant, the damage takes years to fix, underscoring the need for strong safety laws. We promised action, and we passed a bill that goes a long way in strengthening pipeline safety.”
The Pipeline Safety Act of 2016 is the culmination of months of bipartisan work to identify weaknesses in our pipeline safety laws. The legislation has followed “regular order” in the House of Representatives where it received a legislative hearing in March, and was then advanced by the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
NOTE: In 2011, Upton teamed up with former Michigan Rep. John Dingell to get pipeline safety legislation, the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, signed into law by President Obama in the wake of the Kalamazoo River oil spill.Read More
Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced 22 pieces of legislation that will address the ongoing opioid epidemic, improve the safety and security of energy pipelines, improve aspects of public health and safety, and increase transparency at the Federal Communications Commission.
“Individually, each of these bills is important. Collectively, they speak to the hard work of our members on both sides of the aisle to enact meaningful solutions that truly make a difference for folks in Southwest Michigan and across the country,” said Upton.
Upton has chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee since 2011. In that time, he has helped usher 133 pieces of legislation or provisions into law with 42 bills and provisions being signed into law this Congress alone.
Among the pieces of legislation advanced included:
H.R. 5050, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016, which would modernize our pipeline safety laws by directing targeted mandates for Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to increase transparency and accountability, complete overdue regulations, and improve safety.
H.R. 1818, the Veteran Emergency Technician Support Act of 2015, which would create a demonstration program to streamline emergency medical technician state requirements and procedures for veterans who have already completed military emergency medical technician training.
H.R. 3250, the DXM Abuse Prevention Act of 2015, which would prohibit the sale of a drug containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to an individual under the age of 18, unless the individual has a prescription or is actively enrolled in the military and place restrictions on distribution of bulk DXM.
H.R. 3680, the Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2015, which would create a grant program for co-prescribing opioid reversal drugs for patients who are at a high risk of overdose.
H.R. 3691, the Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2015, which would reauthorize a residential treatment program that currently provides numerous services to aid pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.
H.R. 4586, Lali’s Law, which would amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to states for developing standing orders for naloxone prescriptions and educating health care professionals regarding the dispensing of opioid overdose reversal medications without person-specific prescriptions.
H.R. 4876, the Opioid Review Modernization Act, which would require the FDA to work closely with expert advisory committees before making critical product approval and labeling decisions, and to make recommendations regarding education programs for prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioids.
H.R. 4978, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act, which would require the Comptroller General of the United States to issue a report one year after enactment on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
H.R. 4981, the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, while ensuring that patients receive the full array of quality evidence-based services and minimizing the potential for drug diversion.
H.R. 2031, the Anti-Swatting Act of 2015, which would create enhanced penalties for those who use false or misleading caller ID information to trigger a response by law enforcement agencies, known as “swatters.”
H.R. 4111, the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015, which would allow skilled nursing facilities to apply for Universal Service Funding for communications services used to provide health care in rural communities.
H.R. 4190, the Spectrum Challenge Prize of 2015, which would create a prize program through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to award up to $5 million to participants who develop groundbreaking solutions to maximize spectrum efficiency.
H.R. 4889, the Kelsey Smith Act, which would require telecommunications carriers to share location data if law enforcement believes that someone is in danger of death or serious harm.
To see a full list of legislation advanced, please click here.Read More
True or false: Congress is stalled by a volatile, partisan, polarized climate that prevents any significant work from getting done for American citizens.
False, say three members of Michigan’s delegation, at least on several issues.
The idea that Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t work together is a myth, say three members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), and Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) speak with Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson on a special edition of Detroit Today, broadcast from NPR headquarters in Washington D.C.
The cooperation between Michigan’s politicians from different parties is necessary to serve the state, they say, and it’s happening in the nation’s Capitol.
“It is very important to have those relationships particularly within a state delegation. That’s the bread and butter of getting things done,” Upton says. Serving in Congress since 1986, Upton remembers the several decades when theU.S. House of Representatives was dominated by Democrats. “I made a pledge then that I would work on both sides of the aisle,” Upton says.
As chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Upton says he’s proven bills can move. “For me as chairman, I’ve got to say there’s only really been one bill, less than a handful of bills over my tenure as chairman that have been partisan,” Upton says.
Preventing and treating opioid abuse, Asian carp and other Great Lakes legislation are places Republicans and Democrats find common group, Upton says, because people “just want the job done.”
Dingell says her and Upton’s friendship continues what her husband, former Rep. John Dingell, started during his decades in Congress. “When John Dingell was in the Congress he thought of Fred Upton as his best friend,” she says. “And Fred’s been my friend for a very long time. We don’t look at issues as being Republican or Democrat. We look at what’s right for the state of Michigan.”
Still, they say, Michigan’s delegation could hold more meetings and do even more talking, especially as it relates to the Great Lakes. When that happens, legislation gets passed, with the legislation outlawing microbeads as an example.
“They’re polluting the Great Lakes and everywhere else. This has been a Democrat bill. It had been languishing for a long time,” Upton says. “We passed it on a voice and now it’s signed into law. Our delegation has really worked together on a host of issues.”
Asian carp could use the same attention, the trio agrees. “It’s a threat against the Great Lakes so it’s a threat against Michigan. If you’re about water, you don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, you don’t want the Asian carp there,” Miller says.
Other remaining work includes providing federal funding for Flint in the wake of the lead poisoning crisis. “I don’t want people to say they listened to us and say we were so idealistic,” Dingell says. “We need to help the people of Flint. That’s something the three of us want… We need to stop politicizing it on all fronts and move to get things done.”
“There’s culpability for the federal government, which is why the federal government has to step up and help,” says Miller. “These are American babies.”
To hear the full conversation, click on the audio link above.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives today in advancing H.R. 223, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (GLRI). The GLRI will help protect the Great Lakes ecosystem by authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration for Fiscal Year 2016-Fiscal Year 2020 at $300 million annually. The initiative focuses on projects for Great Lakes restoration, including the remediation of toxic substances, the prevention and control of invasive species like Asian Carp, protecting the restoration of near-shore health and prevention of nonpoint source water pollution such as pollution from runoff, and restoring habitat and wildlife. No funds from this legislation can be used for any other initiative.
“Supporting and improving our Great Lakes ecosystem and environment remains one of my top-priorities,” said Upton. “I was pleased to be able to co-sponsor and help advance this vital bipartisan legislation, which focuses on improving the environmental quality of our Great Lakes. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday on the lake with family, fishing with friends, or any number of activities – Michiganders all have a deep, personal connection to our lakes – and we’re working to preserve them for the next generation to enjoy.”
The legislation was supported by groups including the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, the National Wildlife Foundation, and the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition.
For more information on Upton’s work to protect and preserve the Great Lakes, please click here.Read More
Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sent a letter of support to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on behalf of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s application for federal grant funding for the I-94 Kalamazoo Interstate Modernization and Capacity Improvement Project. The federal funding grant is available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE Program. FASTLANE grants were created under last year’s FAST Act, of which Upton was a conferee, which reauthorized federal surface transportation programs and fully funded efforts to support the National Significant Freight and Highway Projects (NSFHP).
“Our goal here is simple: Improving our local infrastructure and economy,” said Upton. “I’ve worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation throughout my tenure in Congress to evaluate potential solutions to transportation issues in Southwest Michigan and within the state. Together, we have made significant progress in identifying innovative projects to solve transportation challenges throughout Michigan that have helped connect my constituents with the larger Midwest region. I remain supportive of the Department’s efforts to improve I-94 and modernize our Michigan highways for all to enjoy.”
The project grant area is a portion of I-94 from West of US-131 to Sprinkle Road, located in Kalamazoo. The project is located within the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study’s (KATS) Transportation Management Area (TMA). The $215.5 million project is approximately four miles long and received a Findings of No Significant Impact on the Environment (FONSI) designation on February, 21, 2003.
The project is expected to improve traffic flow and safety in an area that is heavily traveled, often seen as a bottleneck for freight traffic traveling from Canada. Along this particular section of I-94, the Commercial Average Daily Traffic (CADT) is approximately 9,300 which is 12-14 percent of all traffic. Two thirds of the project has already been completed at a $145.5 million cost. The cost to complete this project is estimated at approximately $70 million. MDOT is seeking $42 million from the FASTLANE Grant Program towards the final $70 million.
A long-time supporter of Southwest Michigan’s infrastructure, economic development, and safety needs, Upton was one of the champions of the U.S. 31 expansion which was completed in 2003.
To view a copy of the letter, please click here.Read More
Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today led a congressional hearing on the Flint Water Crisis, and how we can move forward. The hearing, “Flint Water Crisis: Impacts and Lessons Learned,” was held before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and the Subcommittee on Health.
“The tragic situation in Flint has captured the attention of the nation. The events that unfolded are unacceptable, and sadly there were missteps at all levels of government,” said Upton. “Long after the media leaves Flint and the dust settles there will be real Michigan families grappling with this tragedy for decades, indeed lifetimes. That’s why today’s hearing was forward looking. I’ve said before and will say again: I’m not interested in finger pointing. There has been much of that done already. The focus needs to be on the folks who were impacted – especially the children, and what we can do to ensure this never happens again, anywhere. We cannot and we will not forget those in Flint who have been impacted by this tragedy. No amount of regrets or words can actually fix what’s broken – we need concrete action.”
Committee timeline of action on Flint Water Crisis:
· January 15, 2016: Bipartisan committee leaders request urgent EPA briefing on drinking water in Flint, Michigan;
· February 3, 2016: Upton and Congressman Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, demand further information from EPA and state of Michigan on Flint Water Crisis;
· February 10, 2016: The U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation, H.R. 4470, the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, sponsored by Upton and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Michigan.
· February 19, 2016: EPA responds to February 3 letter;
· February 29, 2016: MDEQ responds to February 3 letter; and,
· March 22, 2016: Upton questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on drinking water infrastructure issues during EPA budget hearing.Read More
VAI scientists advocate for biomedical research improvements
Congressman visits GR in support of 21st Century Cures Act.
The National Institutes of Health could get an injection of $2 billion per year for the next five years if the 21st Century Cures Act makes it to President Barack Obama’s desk in the coming months.
U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was in Grand Rapids recently meeting with researchers at Van Andel Institute to build support for the bill, which has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a 344-77 vote and is now before the U.S. Senate.
The current timeline for the bill has it reaching the president’s desk as early as the beginning of June.
Upton, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, said since 2013, he and his colleagues have met with stakeholders across the country on listening tours to craft a bill they believe will better enable biomedical researchers to do their jobs and make breakthroughs in their fields.
The bill’s overarching goal is to accelerate the “discovery, development and delivery” of life-saving and life-improving therapies.
“It’s going to streamline the process,” Upton said of the 21st Century Cures Act.
To achieve this, the bill focuses on removing barriers to collaboration between researchers, incorporating patients into the drug development process, advancements in personalized medicine, modernizing clinical trials, providing greater certainty for medical app developers regarding the regulatory path, providing new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases, increasing opportunities for young scientists, and improvements to the entire biomedical research ecosystem.
Upton said the bill includes an innovation fund, which is a dedicated and offset funding stream of $1.75 billion per year for five years for the NIH and $110 million per year for five years for the FDA that will allow congressional appropriators to invest additional resources without impacting current budget caps.
Upton has a history of garnering funds for the NIH. He pointed out that, in the 1990s, he helped nearly double its funding, from approximately $15 billion to $30 billion. He noted since that time, however, growth has been mostly flat.
Upton said the bill does not dictate how the NIH is to direct the additional funding it will receive annually. He did say the funding will help ensure younger scientists have an enhanced opportunity to receive grants for their research projects.
Upton acknowledged the average age for a first time grant award for biomedical researchers from the NIH is 42, which can prove a deterrent for many young scientists.
During his visit to the VAI, Upton met with Dr. Peter Jones, VAI research director and chief scientific officer, and three of the institute’s junior scientists, Dr. Hui Shen, 30, Dr. Scott Rothbart, 33, and Dr. Viviane Labrie, 35, to discuss the bill and their experiences as early career scientists.
All three junior scientists acknowledged the difficulties many in their fields face due to not being able to receive grants early on in their careers and the importance of changing that.
“In the latter part of my postdoctoral (work), I wrote and received a K99 Pathway to Independence Award through the National Cancer Institute, and it really, I think, put my résumé on the top of stacks and was a door-opener to the assistant professor position (at VAI),” Rothbart said. “It also provides three years of grant funding as an independent scientist to help you ramp your lab up — get things going and bring personnel into the lab.
“I am certainly a huge advocate for these career development programs and hope the NIH can inject more funds into these kinds of programs that bring talented postdoctoral fellows into independent academic type positions.”
Labrie, who is from Canada and completed her studies at the University of Toronto and joined VAI in March, said being a recipient of similar young investigator grant programs in Canada helped her advance in her career. She noted increasing those opportunities in the United States is important to the future of biomedical research.
As an example of how things have changed, Jones highlighted the path his career took in comparison to what is typical today.
“I became the associate director for basic research in the Cancer Center when I was 37,” he said. “I was a full professor at 38, and I was running the research program at the Cancer Center. Today, there are people still struggling to get a grant at that age, so I think it is a big push, nationally, to try and sort this out.”
Jones said it is important to VAI to have a balance of researchers in different stages of their careers.
Research institutions are seeing the impact the lack of early career development opportunities is having on recruitment; many would-be researchers are choosing to enter fields where they can advance more quickly. There are concerns about how this could impact biomedical research in the future.
“We are losing people to the temptations of other industries like technology and finance,” Labrie said.
Shen is experiencing the challenge firsthand. She said she is having difficulty recruiting researchers to work in her lab at VAI conducting ovarian cancer research.
In addition to providing ways to help young scientists advance more quickly in their careers, Upton said his bill also puts an emphasis on providing funding for rare disease research.
In fact, part of what inspired the 21st Century Cures Act was a rare disease. Upton said he became familiar with a young family with two daughters, both of whom suffer from spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic disorder that results in a lack of control over muscle movement.
Upton said someone with a rare disease deserves a chance at a cure just as much as someone with a more common disease.
Read online, via the Grand Rapids Business Journal, here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced a photography contest focused on Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. The first of its kind contest asks participants to submit their favorite spring themed photo taken in the Sixth District for consideration. The winning photo will be displayed as Upton’s Facebook cover photo and in his two district offices. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 25, 2016.
“This is an opportunity for shutterbugs across Southwest Michigan to show off their work,” said Upton. “Although the weather is not cooperating at the moment, before long it will be spring and we all know that Southwest Michigan in springtime is one of the most picturesque places in the country. I’m excited to see what folks come up with.”
How to enter:
· Please email your photo submissions using the following address using the subject line “Fred’s Facebook Cover Photo Contest”: Upton.Press@mail.house.gov
· Images should be in standard format (jpg., png., tiff)
· Please include your full name, contact information, and a brief description of the photo.
· The deadline to submit photos is Monday, April 25, 2016.
· Photographs taken must be within the boundaries of Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District – which encompasses most of Allegan and all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. For a map of the Sixth District, please click here.
· Submitted photographs must taken by the person submitting the photo and cannot be copyrighted.
· Minimum pixel size of submissions should be 399 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall. High-resolution photos are strongly encouraged.
· Actual subjects for photographs are left to the full imagination of the photographer; however, our office reserves the right to disqualify any photos that are not suitable for the U.S. House of Representatives. Subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.
· Participants must agree to grant permission for Congressman Upton to take and use photographs and/or digital images for use in news releases and/or for educational purposes.
· Participants authorize the use of these images without compensation. All digital reproductions shall be the property of Congressman Upton.
This information can be found online here.Read More
A Senate committee approved a legislative package Wednesday that lawmakers say will become part of its response to House legislation by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton that is designed to deliver cash and reforms that would expedite treatment and cures of chronic diseases like cancer.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed five bills that the panel’s chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said would allow researchers at federal agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health to “take advantage of this exciting time in science to improve the lives of every American.”
The measures would authorize a new infusion of funding for the FDA and the NIH as well as streamline federal regulations for research that supporters say have bogged down scientist in mounds of paperwork.
The effort has been aided by a push from the Obama administration for a “moon shot” to cure cancer that is being spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died last year from brain cancer.
Alexander said the bills his committee approved Wednesday were the product of 50 proposals that were offered by senators in both parties. He said the measures could be rolled into a companion bill for Upton’s 21st Century Cures Act, which the House overwhelmingly approved last summer, providing a rare opportunity for legislative progress in a contentious presidential election season.
“If we succeed this year, I believe it will be the most important bill that Congress enacts this year,” Alexander said.
Senate Health committee Democrats were equally optimistic about the prospects for a high-profile measure to boost federal medical research this year, although they grumbled about the lack of a funding hike so far for the agencies.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said the measures being voted on Wednesday “could lead to life-saving medical breakthroughs (and) better care and new treatments for patients across the country.
“Members of this committee have found common ground on ways to strengthen our nation’s health IT infrastructure, support the next generation of scientists and researchers and help incorporate patient feedback into FDA decision making, just to name a few,” said Murray, the top-ranking Democrat on the panel.
But she cautioned that “there is much more we need to do in addition” before the measures can be passed by the full Senate.
“Before this bill does come to the floor, we need an agrement on how we’re going to boost mandatory investments in the NIH and the FDA,” she said, citing examples such as the “lack of diversity in clinical trials that are currently being conducted by federal researchers.
“If we want all patients to benefit from medical advances, we need to make sure clinical trials look as diverse as our country,” Murray said.
Other committee members also complained that the measures do not go far enough to boost funding for the NIH and FDA.
“I think we should do everything we can to cut red tape in government, but the main reason we’re at risk of losing a generation of scientists and the next generation of innovation is not paperwork,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said.
“We will lose a generation of scientists because this Congress refused to adequately fund their work,” she continued. “For everyone who is touched by Alzheimer's or diabetes and for everyone who hopes for a cure for cancer or for a rare disease, the single most important thing Congress can do is increase funding for the hard, day-by-day work of our scientists.”
The original 21st Century Cures initiative, crafted by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, aims to speed the discovery, development and delivery of life-saving drugs and devices for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
The landmark 21st Century Cures Act would expedite federal review of new medical treatments and devices and provide $550 million to the Food and Drug Administration over five years to reform and modernize programs and $8.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
Upton said in a joint statement with Reps. DeGette, Joseph Pitts, R-Pa., Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Gene Green, D-Texas, the Senate’s votes on Wednesday were a positive sign for the prospects of a potential compromise between the chambers on improvements to medical research funding and regulations.
“Time is short for millions of patients, and we are grateful to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray for their diligence and hard work in putting together a companion to 21st Century Cures,” the lawmakers said. “The effort to deliver #CuresNow is not Republican or Democrat, but something we can only achieve together.”
The initiatives in Upton’s House measure would be funded in part by drawing down and selling excess crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; adjusting the timing of pre-payments to prescription drug sponsors through Medicare Part D; and limiting Medicaid reimbursement rates for durable medical equipment.
Critics of the legislation have argued it puts too much pressure on the FDA to lower its standards for evaluating new drugs and treatments and could put vulnerable patients at risk.
Alexander said the potential benefits of the improvements to medical research are too important to pass up, although he admitted “we have some work to do on other issues to finish our work.”
“The House has done its job. We’ve done most of ours. The president and the administration have been very constructive in working with us on the remaining issues, and Sen. (Mitch) McConnell says if we get completed, he’ll put it on the floor,” he said.
Read online, via the Detroit News, here.
U.S. Rep Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, yesterday joined research leaders at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with research leaders from Spectrum Health, Michigan State University Medical School, Mercy Health, and Western Michigan University Medical School for a roundtable discussion on “The Medical Mile as it Relates to 21st Century Cures.” Upton also toured the institute and met with young scientists to discuss their research and perspectives.
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Background: Launched in 2014, the 21st Century Cures initiative is a bipartisan effort to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures and devices in a safe and effective way. In July of 2015, after months of roundtable discussions, hearings, and white papers, legislation was crafted and advanced by the U.S. House of Representatives by a 344-77 vote. The U.S. Senate is currently examining their version of the legislation. Two weeks ago, Upton met with other House and Senate leaders at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss 21st Century Cures and Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative.Read More
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Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) is proud to represent the commonsense values of southwest Michigan. In 2010, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over matters concerning energy, healthcare, the environment, telecommunications, commerce, manufacturing, and trade, as well as oversight and investigations.
Prior to his election to Congress, Fred worked for President Ronald Reagan in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, he learned from President Reagan’s example that it does not matter who gets the credit, as long as the job gets done.
Fred has a well-earned reputation for getting things done in Washington and at home in southwest Michigan. The South Bend Tribune writes that Fred “attacks government spending and wants tax cuts retained and the budget balanced.” Fred’s hometown paper, The Herald Palladium, praises Fred as someone who has “consistently fought against out-of-control spending and bigger government” and has “always treated constituent services as a vital part of his job.”
Fred’s top priorities are job creation and economic growth in southwest Michigan.
Fred strongly supports an “all of the above” energy strategy that puts a greater emphasis on domestic energy production, the advancement of breakthrough technologies, and the development of safe nuclear power. Fred has also been a leading opponent of overreaching federal regulations that stifle economic growth, harm jobs, and raise energy costs for Michigan families and businesses.
Fred values our constitutional system of government checks and balances. Fred is focused on ensuring the federal government remains limited, transparent, and accountable, as our Founding Fathers intended. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred has led the over-year-long investigation of Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar company that was the recipient of a half-billion dollar Department of Energy loan guarantee.
Fred has also worked to increase the deployment of telecommunications services as well as ensure that free speech and private innovation remain the hallmarks of this industry by opposing needless regulation. Fred helped oversee the successful transition from analog to digital broadcasting – one of the top priorities of the 9-11 Commission. Fred has also worked to guarantee that our children are protected from online predators and indecent material.
Fred has pushed for a greater emphasis on biomedical research to improve the public health. As Energy and Commerce Chairman, one of Fred’s top priorities is to repeal the President’s controversial healthcare law and replace it with commonsense, market-based reforms that benefit patients, doctors, and employers.
Fred was born on April 23, 1953 and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Amey have two children.
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Pleasure to meet with local students from Edwardsburg and Kalamazoo to talk about important issues including criminal justice reform.
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