Fred Upton

Fred Upton


Upton Statement on Passing of Harry Gast


ST. JOSEPH, MI – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the passing of former state legislator Harry Gast.

“Harry Gast exemplified what it means to be a public servant. He never forgot those he represented in a straightforward way and may have been blunt, but you could never question his motives as he put our corner of the state on the map as the Chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. The two of us were partners on many joint ventures, including the construction of U.S. 31. Without his leadership, we would still be driving the old route. He was as honest and hardworking as the day is long and I will miss his sage counsel and true friendship.” 

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Planned Parenthood Investigation


By now you likely have heard about the chilling video regarding the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood. I say alleged because the video shows a high-ranking official discussing sale prices of various fetal organs – hearts, livers, etc. – but the organization maintains the video were heavily edited to misconstrue its true activity in this area.

On viewing the video, the contents can’t help but make you weep for the innocents who were sacrificed in such a cavalier manner for alleged profit. The video is abhorrent and rip at the heart.

Planned Parenthood, in a letter responding to a request for answers to questions residents of the entire country has about its practices regarding fetal tissue sales or donations, maintains that it has done nothing wrong.

I am not a lawyer or a judge but as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I can, and will, ask questions and demand answers about the legality and the reality of what Planned Parenthood is – or is not – doing. I will also investigate whether it conforms to what we require and expect a nearly 100-year-old health- and sex-education organization to do with $1.3 billion – or 40 percent of its funding – from the federal government.

Public money may not be spent on abortions – a stipulation I have voted to uphold many, many times - and which the national Right To Life organization has recognized.

My colleagues in the House and I intend to ask the hard questions to learn what is the truth of this practice of “harvesting” fetal tissue. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee has said he will also start an inquiry. He is also asking for the U.S. Attorney General to look at the video to make sure Planned Parenthood is in compliance with federal law.

I have also been supported by House colleagues, including two from here in Michigan – Rep. Dan Benishek, of Crystal Falls, and Rep. Mike Bishop, of Rochester, to investigate the allegations made by the recording of Planned Parenthood’s worker.

This investigation is important not just to us here today, but for future generations as well. The American people deserve answers and that’s what I am committed to finding. 

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VIDEO: Something Positive For All Americans


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Speaker of the House John Boehner released a video today featuring Congressman Fred Upton's, R-St. Joseph, 21st Century Cures Act. The video highlights the bipartisan work done in order to give patients across the country hope. 

To view the video, please click HERE.

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Upton Signs on to Co-Sponsor Bill to Improve Southwest Michigan Trail Route


Bipartisan Legislation Would also Benefit Local Outdoor Recreation Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today signed on to co-sponsor H.R. 799, the North Country Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act. This bipartisan legislation would change the official route of the North Country National Scenic Trail to create a more sustainable trail corridor through improved volunteer and funding efforts.

The trail route begins in Vermont and ends in North Dakota, traveling through both the lower and upper peninsulas in Michigan. Specifically, the trail route passes through the Fort Custer recreational site. The Trail also partners with the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, located outside Gull Lake.

 “Michigan’s beauty is unmatched and making improvements to this historic trail route will allow more folks the opportunity to see it firsthand,” said Upton. “The North Country Scenic Trail not only provides breathtaking views for a wide variety of outdoors enthusiasts, but also bolsters our local outdoor recreation economy. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues and stakeholders in a bipartisan manner to make sure future generations can experience the adventure of utilizing this fantastic trail.”

The North Country Scenic Trail Route

The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest of the National Scenic Trails, traversing seven states and more than 100 counties and is enjoyed by hikers, families, skiers, bikers, hunters, and nature lovers.

The legislation has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. 

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Upton Discusses 21st Century Cures on Comcast Newsmakers


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the 21st Century Cures Act and how it will benefit Americans suffering from diseases. 

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Upton Statement on Passage of Highway Program Extension


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House of Representatives advanced legislation by a bipartisan 312-119 vote to authorize and finance our highway and transit programs through the end of the year.

“This extension brings us one step closer to a final agreement. It provides the House more time to negotiate a multi-year agreement to finance our highway and transit programs. Without it, current projects would be stopped in their tracks. I will continue to work in a bipartisan basis with my colleagues as we aim to provide the stability that our highway program needs and towards improving our roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure.” 


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Upton Committee Examines Pipeline Safety


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, convened a hearing today to examine pipeline safety. The hearing, titled “Oversight of Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 and Related Issues” focused on pipeline safety issues raised by recent pipeline failures, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) implementation of the bipartisan 2011 pipeline safety legislation that was signed into law by President Obama. The law, spearheaded by Upton and former Michigan Rep. John Dingell, contains numerous provisions designed to reduce the likelihood of similar pipeline spills and minimize the impact of those that do occur. However, PHMSA has failed to implement more than one-third of the law’s requirements despite mandatory deadlines.

Click here to watch Upton’s opening statement

Click here to watch Upton question PHMSA Interim Executive Director Stacy Cummings

The hearing was particularly timely in light of the Michigan Departments of Attorney General and Environmental Quality issuing a report on Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force.

“I look forward to reading the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force Report and I commend Michigan officials for their commitment to pipeline safety,” said Upton, who also chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We have a responsibility to ensure that our energy is transported safely and efficiently. Our committee has a long, bipartisan history of pipeline safety issues, including the passage of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, which was a bipartisan piece of legislation I worked on closely with my friend John Dingell. It is much, much better to be in a position to prevent incidents before they happen rather than to respond after they occur and that is our focus.”

The committee had recently sent two bipartisan letters related to pipeline safety. The first was sent to PHMSA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an update on the status of key pipeline safety reforms. The second was sent to Plains Pipeline requesting documents on the company’s maintenance and integrity operations.

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21st Century Cures Act Overwhelmingly Approved by House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act today was approved by the United States House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 344-77.

“Our 21st Century Cures effort seeks to capture just a sliver of hope and optimism that countless patients exude despite sometimes insurmountable odds. They need the next generation of treatments and cures, but they do not have until the next generation to wait,” said Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, who also chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “While the history of health innovation is remarkable – we’ve now got our sights set on the future, on 21st Century Cures. This bill is about making sure our laws, regulations, and resources keep pace with scientific advances. In this, the greatest country in the world, Americans deserve a system second to none. We can and must do better. The time for 21st Century Cures is now.”

The 21st Century Cures Act grew out of more than a year of listening to experts within the healthcare ecosystem. Patients, doctors, innovators, job creators, educators, and researchers were all consulted. Dozens of bipartisan roundtables were held across the country, including one in Kalamazoo at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Feedback was solicited from White Papers and social media, and committee hearings were held to get comments on the initiative.

In May, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the 21st Century Cures Act by a unanimous 51-0 vote.

For more information on the 21st Century Cures initiative, including letters of support from more than 700 groups, please click here.

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ICYMI: Upton and Stabenow tour Proposed Missile Site in Southwest Michigan


As part of their ongoing bipartisan efforts to secure Fort Custer as a Pentagon-approved missile defense site, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, toured the facilities at Fort Custer on Monday, July 6.

In addition to Fort Custer, Congressman Upton and Senator Stabenow also toured the Battle Creek Air National Guard base and the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.

To view pictures from the events, please click here

Legislators tour proposed missile defense site

July 6, 2015

Two members of Congress visited an empty field and empty hanger in Battle Creek and saw great things.

Two members of Congress visited an empty field and empty hanger in Battle Creek and saw great things.

Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, toured the Army National Guard Fort Custer Training Center and the adjacent Air National Guard Base to learn more about a site for a proposed $3 billion missile defense system that could be installed in Battle Creek.

They also stopped at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center….

"We are the advance team," Upton told reporters. "We both have been here before, but we wanted a specific update on this $3 billion site. We know it is going to happen somewhere so why not have it here."

Just before Labor Day, Upton said the entire Michigan congressional delegation of two senators and 14 representatives will tour all the military facilities in the state including Battle Creek.

"Everyone knows what is in their district, but they may not know what is in other parts of the state," Upton said.

He called the two-day trip unprecedented.

"It has never happened," he said. "I have been in the Congress 28 years and you can't get people to come for coffee together. It shows what I hope will be unanimous support. For them to kick the tires and see what is here is very important."

The goal, Stabenow and Upton said, is to show unified support for the program both from Congress and from local residents.



National Guard excited about chances of landing missile defense system in Battle Creek

July 6, 2015

Military personnel at Fort Custer in Battle Creek are excited about the chances of landing a missile defense system to safeguard the eastern United States – even though a major decision on the matter appears to be many months away.

"We've been told by Pentagon officials that we are doing all the right things," said Brigadier Gen. Michael Stone, who is in charge U.S. Army National Guard installations in Michigan….

"We know it's going to happen somewhere in the country," Upton said of the project. "Why not have it happen here?"

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has been given the go-ahead to investigate potential sites for a facility, but Congress has not yet approved the project.

Stabenow and Upton praised the project's potential to pump $3 billion into the area's economy with 300 additional military job assignments and perhaps three times as many civilian jobs.

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Upton Meets with Congressional Art Competition Winner Grady Hively


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today met with Kalamazoo Central High School student Grady Hively to congratulate him in person on wining the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District – which is represented by Upton. Hively, 16, and his mother Nancy, were in Washington, D.C., for a reception featuring the winning artists from congressional districts around the country.


“It was great to finally meet Grady and his mom who traveled all the way from Kalamazoo to see Grady’s great work displayed in the U.S. Capitol,” said Upton. “It was a special moment for sure. Fostering emerging and young artists as they develop their talent is one of the best parts of the job and after chatting with him today I expect big things from Grady in the future.”

Hively’s pastel of the Castle, which was built in 1895 by one of the city’s prominent business owners, Frank Henderson, was done as part of the classes he’s been taking at the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

“We are delighted to be the inspiration for this wonderful work of the art,” said Francois Moyet, owner of The Henderson Castle Inn. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the public to see it and the work beautifully showcases a prime site in Kalamazoo. We are very proud of it. The artist did amazing work. I myself will be flying to D.C. in the next two months to see the art hanging in the U.S. Capitol. It’s very exciting.”

To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition please click here.

To view additional pictures please click here.


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Rep. Upton Gavels in the Energy and Commerce Committee 114th Congress

2015-01-13 21:55:00

Upton remarks on Takata airbag ruptures and recalls

2014-12-03 20:50:55

Upton urges passage of bipartisan satellite TV bill

2014-11-19 19:07:13

Upton Q&A with CDC Director Frieden at hearing on Ebola outbreak

2014-10-16 19:17:24

Upton delivers opening remarks at hearing on Ebola outbreak

2014-10-16 18:15:32

21st Century Cures roundtable - Kalamazoo, Michigan #Path2Cures

2014-10-08 13:15:08

Opening remarks from #Path2Cures roundtable in Kalamazoo (Upton, Collins, Shuren)

2014-10-07 19:54:31

Upton committee advances Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act

2014-07-15 15:09:51

Upton speaks on Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014

2014-07-10 17:27:31

Upton opening statement at "GM Ignition Switch Recall: Investigative Update" hearing

2014-06-18 14:52:09

Upton Questions EPA Administrator over Kalamazoo Allied Site

2014-04-02 21:17:38

Upton questions GM CEO Barra at oversight hearing

2014-04-01 21:39:51

Upton opening statement at hearing on GM recall

2014-04-01 21:39:32

Upton speaks on bill to #FixSGR and provide #FairnessForAll

2014-03-14 20:32:34

Upton's Committee Investigates GM and NHTSA

2014-03-13 18:56:07

Upton Demands Transparency Regarding Health Care Enrollment Data

2014-01-16 17:34:41

Upton speaks on Health Exchange Security And Transparency Act

2014-01-10 16:01:17

Upton Calls for Support of Nation's Poison Control Centers

2014-01-08 18:43:47

Upton opening remarks on Health Care Implementation

2013-12-11 19:48:33

Upton speaks on Keep Your Health Plan Act

2013-11-15 16:42:42

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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