WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, made the following statement regarding the administration’s admission that there will be double-digit rate hikes for Obamacare plans next year:
“These new numbers are an unwelcome October surprise for millions of Americans. On their own, the numbers are cause for alarm, but behind every premium spike is a name and a face – families, single parents, millennials all struggling to make ends meet. And sadly, these folks have real stories about losing their doctors or getting kicked off their plans. Republicans in Congress have offered solutions to help relieve patients from the health law’s expensive bills. We have a Better Way.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, wants to remind students who are interested in applying for nominations to U.S. Service Academies that the deadline for turning in applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 1.
Students interested in an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), or the U.S. Naval Academy must receive a nomination from an official nominating source, such as the applicant’s Congressional Representative, U.S. Senators, and Vice President of the United States. Admission to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is made on the basis of an annual nationwide competition.
Each Representative and Senator is allowed five nominations to each academy at any time.
Student’s interested in seeking a nomination from Upton’s office must be at least 17 years of age and not yet 23, must be a U.S. citizen, must be single and not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents.
The Application for Nomination, instructions, and additional information on the nominating process can be found here.
The completed form and all requested documents must be submitted to the Kalamazoo District Office, 350 E. Michigan Ave., Suite 130, Kalamazoo, Mich., 49007.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, applauded the recent signing into law of their bipartisan, bicameral legislation, H.R. 5944. This important legislation updates and modernizes the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate.
“W.K. Kellogg Airport here in Southwest Michigan has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Michigan National Guard, and our bipartisan legislation – now law – enables that productive partnership to continue,” said Upton. “I again want to thank Senator Peters for his efforts in getting this to the president’s desk and I know we both appreciate President Obama acting swiftly to sign it into law. This is a big win for Southwest Michigan as we keep an eye on the future for critical national defense undertakings.”
“The missions of the 110th Attack Wing are reshaping America’s fighting forces for the future, and they play a critical role in protecting our national security,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased the legislation Congressman Upton and I worked together to pass was quickly signed into law. This new law will help the Battle Creek Air National Guard and W.K. Kellogg Airport continue to grow West Michigan’s role as a key location for cutting-edge national defense missions.”
“With President Barack Obama’s signature on legislation last week, Air National Guard units that fly remotely piloted aircraft at civilian airports do not face large lease payment increases,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association of the United States. “Under the new law, the Federal Aviation Administration now considers RPA missions to be aeronautical and units that fly them are immune from possible lease hikes.”
H.R. 5944 was introduced in the House by Upton and U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-New York, and was advanced by unanimous votes in both the House and Senate. The legislation was jointly developed by Upton, Peters, the National Guard, the Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Peters introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate, which was included in broader legislation to reauthorize the FAA. For a fact sheet on the legislation, please click here.
In September, Upton and Peters attended the opening of a new RPA facility at the Battle Creek National Guard Base.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Michigan, today applauded Senate passage of H.R. 5944. This bipartisan legislation would update and modernize the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they currently operate. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek has enjoyed a close relationship with the Michigan National Guard, and our bipartisan legislation enables that productive partnership to continue,” said Upton. “Following the example set here in Southwest Michigan, which just received a state-of-the-art RPA flying mission, airfields around the nation now have the certainty to work in collaboration with the Air Force and the National Guard without jeopardizing their eligibility for vital federal support or risking weakening our nation’s defense. I want to thank Senator Peters for his partnership and applaud the Senate for their swift, bipartisan action in support of our important legislation.”
“The men and women of the 110th Attack Wing are a proud part of Michigan’s strong military tradition, and they are at the forefront of groundbreaking missions to protect Americans and our allies at home and abroad,” said Senator Peters. “Remotely-piloted aircraft missions are part of the future of our military, and we must ensure these missions are not jeopardized by federal regulations that have not kept pace with cutting-edge technology. I thank Congressman Upton for his leadership on this important issues. I’m pleased we were able to work together to pass this critical legislation and ensure Kellogg Airport can remain eligible for federal grants and support our national defense capabilities in Battle Creek.”
“Congressman Upton and Senator Peters continue to go above and beyond by recognizing Battle Creek’s defense community and its important role in creating and retaining jobs and investment,” said Joe Sobieralski, interim president and chief executive office of Battle Creek Unlimited, the area’s economic development organization.
“NGAUS greatly appreciates the efforts of Senator Peters and Congressman Upton in getting this vitally important bill passed in the House and the Senate. The passage of this legislation comes as a huge relief to impacted RPA units in the Air National Guard,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association of the United States. “We believe that this bill represents a fair compromise for both the Air National Guard and their airport sponsors, and will hopefully resolve many of the longstanding issues and uncertainty for the RPA units and the airports.”
H.R. 5944 was introduced in the House by Upton and U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-New York, and was advanced by a unanimous vote last week. The legislation was jointly developed by Upton, Peters, the National Guard, the Air Force, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Peters introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate, which was included in broader legislation to reauthorize the FAA.
For a fact sheet on the legislation, please click here.
Earlier this month, Upton and Peters attended the opening of a new RPA facility at the Battle Creek National Guard Base.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his House colleagues in voting to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) by a bipartisan 399 to 25 vote. The legislation authorizes $170 million to provide assistance for the city of Flint, Michigan, through an amendment offered by U.S. Reps Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and championed by Upton. Click here to watch Upton’s statement on the House Floor in support of the amendment.
“Today, the House acted decisively to provide critical funding and support for folks in Flint. We all know what happened in Flint was a tragic failure at every level. But the Flint community now deserves answers, action, and results. Today we delivered,” said Upton. “This bipartisan bill also strengthens and supports our Great Lakes. I applaud the House for coming together to advance key Flint funding in a responsible manner.”
What WRDA does:
· Authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency in charge of handling water infrastructure projects, and gives them the proper tools to tackle the backlog of water projects.
· Ensures funds are made available from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for operation and maintenance of navigation projects in the Great Lakes.
· Reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
· Installs strict oversight of projects to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse through review of annual reports.
· Follows a new, transparent approval process for projects that was established by Congress in 2014.
· Puts Congress on a two-year cycle of addressing infrastructure needs.
WRDA was previously passed by the U.S. Senate by a 95 to 3 vote. It is supported by more than 80 groups, including the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, and the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Upton has long been a champion of funding for Flint. In February, the House passed legislation sponsored by Kildee and Upton that would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to alert communities when lead levels are too high. Upton visited Flint with Kildee in August. To date, the State of Michigan has committed $234 million to the City of Flint.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement upon the House of Representatives advancing a veto override for S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) Act by a 348 to 77 vote.
“As someone who experienced the horrors of 9/11 up close, it’s important to me that the families of the victims are allowed to pursue the justice they deserve. This legislation has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. It doesn’t make dramatic changes to existing law. It simply allows Americans to seek legal avenues against foreign governments that sponsor terrorist attacks on United States soil. I’m proud to stand up and do right by the victims of the heinous 9/11 attacks to vote in favor of overriding this veto.”
In May of this year, the Senate passed JASTA by a voice vote. The bill then passed the House by a voice vote on September 9, 2016. Last week, the president vetoed the bill. The U.S. Senate voted to override the President’s veto by a 97-1 vote earlier this afternoon.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, was presented an award by the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose for his bipartisan work in fighting the opioid misuse and overdose epidemic. Upton was honored for his support of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Upton chaired the House and Senate Conference meeting that finalized the comprehensive package before it was signed into law by President Obama in July.
“I’m honored to receive this award, but we know more work remains,” said Upton. “Each day folks struggle with opioid misuse and an overdose can tragically snuff out a life in an instant. Nearly every 12 minutes, someone dies of a drug overdose here in America. It is a sad reality playing out in communities here in Southwest Michigan and across the country. Congress acted and got the job done, but we should continue to focus on these issues and improving the quality of life for all Americans.”
The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is an organization of more than 40 local, regional, and national groups that are committed to advancing meaningful legislative and regulatory policies in response to the opioid epidemic. According to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, more than half of Americans (56 percent) say that they or someone they know has misused, been addicted to, or died from prescription pain medications.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today took to the House Floor to recognize Suicide Prevention Month. Upton highlighted his personal experiences with suicide, the third annual Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk that takes place in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as the bipartisan mental health reform legislation the House advanced in July.
“Last week, I was in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park for the Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk,” said Upton. “A beautiful young woman named Kait stood before the crowd of more than 100 and she read a stirring poem she had written about being bullied and, as a result, how she harbored thoughts about suicide. Hearing her deeply personal story broke everyone’s hearts. And as a father of two young adults my thoughts quickly turned to them. When she finished, I followed up with her and told her she’s not alone. Anyone considering suicide or having suicidal thoughts should know the same: You are not alone and there is always help and options available. Suicide is not an issue that can linger in the shadows. We must confront it and the underlying issues behind it – together.”
Click HERE to watch Upton's full remarks.
Upton’s remarks, as prepared, can be found here.
Kait’s stirring poem, as prepared, can be found here.Read More
The House of Representatives late Tuesday advanced bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph. The legislation, H.R. 5944, would update and modernize the leasing programs necessary to keep National Guard units and Air Force Remote Pilot Aircraft (RPA) operations on airfields where they are already operating. The legislation was co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-New York.
“This important, bipartisan solution helps our National Guard and Air Force continue to evolve into the 21st Century and beyond as Remote Piloted Aircraft become one of the most reliable tools in our toolbox to fight terrorism abroad,” said Upton. “We cannot risk disturbing these critical missions by moving or eliminating the capability of National Guard and Air Force personnel simply because of outdated laws. With our bipartisan fix, airfields will have certainty and missions will not be disrupted. This legislation will save taxpayer dollars as well as lives.”
Under current law, there is no recognition of RPA missions by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) leasing program that would allow National Guard and Air Force units to continue operating as they have in the past because of a requirement for aircraft to be on site at the airfield. Under the new bill, National Guard and Air Force units that include either remote control or direct take-off of RPAs would be able to continue operations at their home airfields at the same leasing rate as before. The legislative solution was jointly developed by Upton, the National Guard, Air Force, and FAA, and has been approved by the FAA Office of the Administrator for Airports.
“Congressman Fred Upton continues to go above and beyond by recognizing Battle Creek’s defense community and its important role in creating and retaining jobs and investment,” said Joe Sobieralski, interim president and chief executive officer of Battle Creek Unlimited, the area’s economic development organization. “Congressman Upton’s latest legislation, which allows communities to negotiate a fair rate that benefits both the military and the local community, underscores his understanding of the importance of jobs and military missions in Battle Creek and the region.”
Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) provide key intelligence, reconnaissance, and close air combat support.
To read a fact sheet on H.R. 5499 and to see how it will positively impact Southwest Michigan, please click here.
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton on Monday announced the opening of his recently relocated constituent service office in Kalamazoo. The office has moved from its former location to 350 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 130, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007. The office telephone and fax machine numbers remains unchanged.
“We’re excited about our move as it will allow us to better serve everyone here in our Kalamazoo community,” said Upton. “One of my most vital responsibilities as a Member of Congress is providing assistance to folks who are facing difficulties in dealing with the federal government. Whether you are a veteran trying to access duly earned benefits or obtain overdue service medals, a senior with questions or concerns about your Medicare or Social Security, or a family awaiting their passports before a big trip, I have dedicated staff members ready to assist and get the job done. Our door is always open and we look forward to continuing serving you.”
Upton represents Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District which encompasses all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Van Buren counties as well as most of Allegan County. Upton operates two full-time constituent service office that provide assistance and resources to all Southwest Michigan residents and businesses in dealing with the federal government. Upton’s second service office is located in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor.
Updated Office Contact Information
Kalamazoo (New Location)
350 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 130
Kalamazoo, MI 49907
(269) 385-2888 (f)
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
720 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 982-0237 (f)
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4986 (f)Read More
2183 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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