U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that legislation to make Vietnam War veteran James C. McCloughan eligible for our nation’s highest military honor – the Medal of Honor – has passed in Congress as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA passed the House of Representatives on December 2nd and cleared the U.S. Senate today. It now goes to the desk of the President for signature.
Private First Class McCloughan, a native and current resident of South Haven, served as a medic and saved the lives of 10 members of his platoon who were wounded during the Battle of Nui Yon Hill on May 13-15, 1969. McCloughan was discharged with the rank of Specialist (SP5).
“This has been a long-time coming,” said Upton. “And now, thanks to our bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate, we’re closer than ever to getting Private First Class McCloughan, and his family, the recognition he duly earned on the battlefield.”
“We are deeply grateful for Private First Class James McCloughan’s service to our country,” Said Stabenow. “Today, we are one step closer to awarding him the long overdue recognition he deserves.”
“Private First Class James McCloughan put his life on the line to save his fellow service members, and the passage of this legislation will help ensure his bravery and sacrifice are properly recognized,” Said Peters
Medal of Honor recipients must be honored within five years of the act of heroism justifying the award. The Department of Defense recently recommended that James McCloughan receive this honor. This legislation waives the five-year requirement and when signed into law, will make it possible for the President to award the Medal of Honor to him.
Private First Class McCloughan was highly decorated receiving the Combat Medical Badge, two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars with “V” device for valor, the U.S. Army Valorous Unit Citation, the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republican of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palms and one oak leaf cluster and the M16 Expert Rifle Badge.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the announcement that Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, owned by Entergy Corporation and located in Covert, Michigan, would be decommissioned and closed in 2018:
“Palisades has been part of the fabric of our Southwest Michigan community since 1971. They’ve employed thousands of workers – who in turn became respected leaders and so it’s important we do not turn our back on these hardworking folks now. They’ve also invested in our local schools and charities, had an enormous positive impact on our economy, and powered homes and businesses throughout the Midwest. But, as with all nuclear power plants across the country, there is always an end date. This safe transition is governed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and should not be interfered with. I strongly urge Entergy to remain committed to our community and I will continue working with them throughout this time of transition.”
Since 2011, Upton has served as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over nuclear energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In 2013, Upton toured Palisades and met with officials alongside representatives of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In 2014, Upton toured Palisades again with then-NRC Chairman Alison M. Macfarlane.Read More
“This effort has always been about the patients, and I’m so glad that we could have our friend, all-star Cures advocate Max with us today. Not letting rare disease hold him back, this pint-sized dynamo has been with us every step of the way on the #Path2Cures,” said Upton. “We look forward to seeing President Obama make 21st Century Cures law next week. As Max said today, ‘Cures is more than hope, its action.’ Next stop, the White House!”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), sponsors of the 21st Century Cures Act, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the medical innovation bill by a vote of 94-5.
“After three years, our legislative work is finally complete. 21st Century Cures is ready for the president. With this innovation game-changer, a new day for medical research is on the horizon. Today’s vote is for patients and their loved ones. We all have more reason for hope.”
Learn about the 21st Century Cures Act HERE.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3381, the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act (STAR), by a unanimous vote.
“Just about everyone’s life has been impacted by cancer in some way. The most heartbreaking situation of them all is when a young child is diagnosed with cancer – which, tragically, remains the leading cause of death in American children. These childhood cancer patients and their families deserve a stronger voice and more resources to help combat this deadly disease. That’s what this bipartisan legislation will do: Improve research, treatments, and care for childhood cancer patients, survivors, and their families. I was proud to support this legislation and hope the Senate will move quickly to pass it.”
The Childhood Cancer STAR Act would improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, improve the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors, ensure publicly accessible expanded access policies that provide hope for patients, and identify opportunities to expand the research of therapeutics necessary to treat the more than 15,000 children diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year.
In September, Upton spoke at a childhood cancer vigil at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo where he pledged his support for the STAR Act.Read More
By U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee and Fred Upton
Before the 114th Congress comes to an end in less than a month, we in Congress need to come together, Republicans and Democrats, to step up and help the people of Flint.
Families in Flint have not been able to trust the drinking water coming out of their tap in more than two years. A federal judge recently ruled that the state of Michigan must deliver bottled water to Flint residents who lack access to safe drinking water. Bottled water and filters, however, are only temporary solutions.
Simply put, Flint needs action now. It is time for Congress to make the necessary investment to repair the water infrastructure in Flint. The Flint water crisis represents a failure of government. Considering the federal government's failure to blow the whistle on what was happening in Flint, Congress needs to use its power to immediately deliver much needed relief that the families in Flint deserve.
This is why both of us will continue to fight to make sure our colleagues in Congress understand the importance of passing legislation that includes aid for Flint before the end of the year. This will be a continuation of more than a year of our work together to help Flint. These efforts serve as an example to our colleagues in Congress that helping Flint families and children is not a partisan issue.
Just this past August, we were in Flint together. No matter where we went, we both heard firsthand the same voices. Folks are tired of the partisan blame game. They want answers. And they want results.
Earlier this year, we jointly introduced the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, a commonsense bill that would require state and federal government officials to notify citizens immediately when the government learns of lead contamination in drinking water. This bill passed in the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with a vote of 416 to 2.
In addition, we both requested that the federal government declare Flint a federal emergency, which allowed significant resources like millions of bottles of water, thousands of filters, hundreds of federal health and water experts and over $400 million in federal grants to reach the ground and people in need.
Moreover, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a forward-looking hearing on the Flint water crisis in April to hear from health experts like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha about the medical needs of the community.
Finally, nearly the entire Michigan delegation in the House voted for an amendment to send $170 million in aid to Flint. This amendment passed the House by a vote of 284 to 141, with more than 100 Republicans in support. While each of these steps forward has been important for Flint, they are not enough.
Now that Congress is back, we will have one goal -- ensuring our colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, join us in sending much needed aid to the people of Flint. We both plan on continuing to vigorously pursue these funding efforts -- whether that is part of a bipartisan water infrastructure package or in any year-end legislation to keep the government funded.
Before we are Republican or Democrat, we are Americans. And part of being an American is helping those in need -- be it the people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana and Texas or those harmed by the water crisis in Flint. When their fellow citizens are in need, Americans come together, and we are committed to making sure their Congress will do the same to help the people of Flint. We will not stop until the work is done.
Read online, via MLive, here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 375-34.
“Supporting our national defense, our active duty military personnel, and their families is of the utmost importance. Right here in Southwest Michigan we not only have active military instillations and soldiers who require the resources and equipment authorized, but also many families who depend on this legislation to provide consistency in their daily lives. This bipartisan legislation enhances our military readiness and includes the largest pay raise for our troops in six years, while also alleviating any bonus recoupment activities for our National Guard members who volunteered to serve during a time of need. Also of great importance, we maintain status quo on prohibiting the closure and the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States and elevate U.S. Cyber defense to a unified Combatant Command to protect against emerging cyber threats. I was proud to support this bipartisan legislation and look forward to its swift passage in the Senate.”
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.” It advances the vital funding and authorities America’s military requires to protect our nation and the brave men and women serving around the globe. Today’s vote was the Conference Report to H.R. 4909, which passed the House in May with a vote of 277-147 and S. 2943, which passed the Senate in June with a vote of 85-13.
The NDAA supports $619 billion for national defense, which exceeds President Obama’s original budget request.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26. Included in the bill were mental health reforms spearheaded by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), which were largely based off his bill, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.
“With the House’s strong support of these critical reforms, we’re one step closer to delivering meaningful reforms to families in mental health crisis,” said Upton and Murphy. “We have worked to reduce stigma around this important issue, and let folks know it’s okay to ask for help. Throughout our multi-year, multi-Congress effort to advance solutions to a broken system, we’ve raised awareness and helped identify ways to help those around us. These reforms have been a long time coming and we look forward to the Senate quickly following in our footsteps.”Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 392-26.
“With today’s overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, we took a giant leap forward on the #Path2Cures,” said Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-authors of the bill. “21st Century Cures is the innovative game-changer that patients, their loved ones, and the nation’s researchers and scientists so desperately need. The White House has expressed its enthusiastic endorsement of this critical legislation. So it’s now on to the Senate, where we are just one final vote away from delivering #CuresNow.”
For more information about the 21st Century Cures Act, click here.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President-Elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Elaine Chao for the position of Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary:
“Being from state that made autos great means we care about critical transportation issues – particularly as it relates to self-driving cars and other new technologies. Michigan companies will play key roles in these developments and Elaine Chao will do a great job of guiding the industry into the future. I’ve known Elaine for years as a friend and she has a long history of public service and will be a great fit for this critical position. I have absolute confidence she will do a wonderful job. There will be lots of work to do in the coming months and years as it relates to transportation, technology, and infrastructure issues and I look forward to working with Secretary Chao.”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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