U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a unanimous vote.
“This bipartisan bill will help Americans develop the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs,” said Upton. “Local career and technical education, or CTE, programs help prepare high school and community college students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in careers in a broad range of industries. In order to support and grow our middle class, we need to support and grow CTE programs that help countless students succeed. That’s exactly what this bipartisan legislation does and I was proud to support its passage.”
“We in Kalamazoo County, both business, industry, and education, thank Fred Upton and all of our U.S. legislators for reauthorizing the CTE Perkins Act,” said Deb Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Programming for the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA). “CTE is a major part of the pipeline to economic development here in Michigan and a pipeline for a skilled workforce for Kalamazoo County. CTE has a strong history of creating opportunity for students in high school to find their niche in the workforce with skills and credentials.”
At its core, H.R. 2353 reforms, modernizes, improves, and reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Act. Since 1984, the Carl D. Perkins Act has provided federal support to state and local career and technical education programs. These innovative programs offer local students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to compete for good-paying jobs in a broad range of fields. Unfortunately, federal law has not been updated in more than a decade, and no longer reflects the realities and challenges facing students and workers in today’s economy. H.R. 2353 would improve the Perkins Act by simplifying the application process for receiving federal funding, improving alignment with in-demand jobs, increasing transparency and accountability to ensure CTE programs deliver results.
H.R. 2353 is supported by numerous groups and organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Association of Teachers, IBM, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after reports that Asian Carp have been discovered beyond the electric barrier and only nine miles from Lake Michigan:
“The time to act is now. I am calling on the Trump administration to immediately release the Brandon Road Study so that we can have a full grasp of our options to stop this destructive force. Asian Carp have the potential to decimate the Great Lakes we all love and depend on. It is absolutely imperative we step up our efforts to further protect our lakes. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle here in the House and the Senate to take action to stop Asian Carp from entering our waterways.”
Earlier this week, Upton signed on as an original co-sponsor of the Stop Asian Carp Now Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would compel the Trump administration to release the Brandon Road Study within seven days of the bill’s enactment. The Brandon Road study will provide important guidance on how best to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. The entire Michigan Congressional Delegation is in support of this legislation.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues on the Subcommittee on Energy and voted to advance five pieces of bipartisan energy security and infrastructure legislation. Among the bills advanced was Upton’s legislation, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017.
“In the face of ever-evolving physical and cyber threats, today’s vote is a positive step towards modernizing our nation’s energy security and infrastructure,” said Upton. “It builds on our impressive record of addressing energy security, job creation, emergency preparedness, and infrastructure protection. Elevating energy security planning and emergency preparedness is important and timely. Whether it’s a storm that knocks out power to millions of homes and businesses or attempted hacking of our energy grid – we must be prepared. I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle as we move forward in finalizing this important legislation.”
In 2015 the president signed into law the FAST Act that made several policy updates to reflect evolving cybersecurity threats to the nation’s energy and electricity systems, including greater Department of Energy (DOE) authority to respond to emergencies. The Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017 improves the emergency planning function established under a 1990 amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Specifically, it would provide federal financial assistance to states, like Michigan, to implement, review, and revise State-level energy security plans.
The Subcommittee on Energy also advanced four bipartisan bills dealing with hydropower development, gas pipelines, and electric transmission. For more information on these four bills please click here.
Upton has chaired the Subcommittee on Energy since January.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, last night wrapped up his fifth tele-town hall of the year. Upton has previously held four tele-town halls where more than 5,000 folks participated and 30 questions were asked and answered. You can listen to all of the tele-town halls that have taken place this year online HERE.
“I want to thank everyone from Southwest Michigan – 1,644 in total – that participated in last night’s tele-town hall. These innovative forums give folks the unique opportunity to ask me any question under the sun all from the comfort of their home. Last night, I was able to answer six separate questions on issues ranging from healthcare, jobs, infrastructure, the opioid abuse crisis, and more. I look forward to continuing to participate in these thoughtful policy back-and-forths in the coming months.”
You can listen to the recording of last night’s tele-town hall HERE.
For more information on these tele-town halls, including instructions on how to sign up, please click here.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protecting Act of 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 368 to 55. This legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature into law.
“Veterans here in Michigan and across the country deserve the very highest quality medical care. Despite scandal after scandal, the VA refuses or cannot hold bad actors accountable. It’s not fair to the good employees at the VA. This bipartisan legislation ensures bad actors at the VA are held accountable and face real consequences for their actions. With real accountability in place, we can finally make the changes desperately needed to fix the VA once and for all. Our veterans deserve nothing less.”
S. 1094 would streamline the process to remove, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct, expand whistleblower protections for VA employees who have a complaint, and give the VA Secretary the authority to appoint permanent medical directors who can provide the real leadership that many VA hospitals, and their patients, desperately need.
The House previously passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017 on March 16, 2017. The Senate then passed S. 1094.
This legislation enjoys the support of veterans groups such as the American Legion, Concerned Veterans for America, the Fleet Reserve Association, Got Your 6, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, the United States Army Warrant Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Vietnam War Veteran James C. McCloughan on July 31, 2017. This follows legislation passed by Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Upton to make then-Private First Class McCloughan eligible for our nation’s highest military honor. Their legislation passed the Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act and was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016.
“Then-Private First Class James McCloughan is an American hero – there is no doubt about that. During close-combat, when his fellow soldiers were in dire need, PFC McCloughan stepped up. His selfless actions saved lives,” said Congressman Upton. “When he was done serving our country, PFC McCloughan quietly returned home to South Haven where he dedicated his life to helping others, as a coach and teacher at South Haven High School. The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest military honor and we are so proud and deeply grateful for PFC McCloughan’s service. It’s time he finally receives the recognition he duly earned on the battlefield all those years ago.”
Then-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).
“We are forever grateful for then-Private First Class James McCloughan’s service to our country,” said Senator Stabenow. “Today, we are proud to announce that he is finally getting the recognition he deserves.”
“As a Private First Class, James McCloughan risked his life to stay behind in the heat of battle and aid his fellow servicemembers,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a Former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. “He exemplified the values of honor, courage and comradery that makes our military the finest in the world. Awarding James McCloughan the Medal of Honor will finally give him the full recognition he has earned for his bravery and service.” Medal of Honor recipients must be honored within five years of the act of heroism justifying the award. The legislation passed by Senators Stabenow and Peters and Congressman Upton waived the five-year requirement and made it possible for the President to award the Medal of Honor to him.
Then-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 Republic 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 after Enbridge completed a successful pressure test over the weekend:
“A spill on our Great Lakes would be catastrophic with immediate and long-term harm. This test is a step forward but we must remain vigilant as this is high stakes for our Great Lakes. It is of the utmost importance that Enbridge fully complies with the tough standards we mandated under law. This testing took place thanks in part to bipartisan pipeline safety legislation I helped usher into law in 2016. While this specific test was successful, we must continue to probe Line 5 for any vulnerabilities. I look forward to seeing these additional tests move forward this year for the betterment and safety of the entire Great Lakes region.”
In 2016, Upton helped usher the PIPES Act, bipartisan pipeline safety legislation, into law. The PIPES Act included a provision, championed by Upton, which requires increased annual inspections for underwater pipelines such as the Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straights of Mackinac.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, tonight released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced ten bipartisan energy construction, infrastructure, and efficiency bills.
“These ten common-sense, bipartisan bills put job creators first and will boost our economy here in Michigan and across the country. They will also lower costs for ratepayers, reduce emissions, and allow for more domestic energy production. Here in the House we will continue to advance an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy that puts a premium on creating jobs and lifting our economy. I applaud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for their work in passing this legislation with such overwhelmingly bipartisan support.”
After receiving consideration in the Subcommittee on Energy, chaired by Upton, and the full Energy and Commerce Committee, the U.S. House today advanced the following pieces of legislation: H.R. 338, to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce; H.R. 446, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project and H.R. 447, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project; H.R. 627, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017; H.R. 951, to extend deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project; H.R. 1109, to amend section 2013 of the Federal Power Act; H.R. 2122, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of a hydroelectric project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam; H.R. 2274, the HYdropower Permit Extension (HYPE) Act; H.R. 2292, to extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam; and H.R. 2457, the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower Extension Act of 2017.
To learn more about these pieces of bipartisan legislation, please click here.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, this week joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in co-sponsoring legislation, authored by U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, and U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, to authorize construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.
“This is about Michigan jobs and our economy. During our bipartisan delegation trip to the Soo Locks we discussed the critical need to upgrade and build a replacement lock, ensuring this vibrant commercial gateway remains open and operational. Not completing this project could lead to significant economic consequences for both Michigan and the country. By investing in our future, we can ensure Michigan stays on the cutting edge of job and economic growth. I look forward to continuing working closely with my Michigan colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this bipartisan legislation across the finish line.”
The legislation, the Soo Locks Modernization Act, authorizes the necessary level of funding to construct another Poe-sized lock (1,200 feet long, 110 feet wide, and 32 feet deep) to facilitate increasing size of vessels passing through the Locks. The Poe is the only lock able to handle large lake freighters sailing the upper Great Lakes bringing iron ore and other materials to manufacturers around the country. A report by the Department of Homeland Security concluded that a six-month closure of the Poe Lock would bring steel production and manufacturing industries to an effective halt and cause Michigan’s unemployment rate to rise as high as 20 percent.
The legislation is also co-sponsored by U.S Senator Gary Peters, and U.S. Reps. Sandy Levin, Bill Huizenga, Tim Walberg, Dan Kildee, Mike Bishop, Debbie Dingell, Brenda Lawrence, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, and Paul Mitchell.
To see pictures from Upton’s trip to the Soo Locks, please click here.Read More
On Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 2430 by a 54 to 0 vote. To learn more about this legislation and what it means for Southwest Michigan, please click here.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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