U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement following President Barack Obama signing into law the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016:
“We came together, Republicans and Democrats, to improve and strengthen the safety of our pipelines – and we got the job done. Our bipartisan legislation, signed into law by President Obama is a win for Southwest Michigan, our Great Lakes, and the entire country.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today met with Portage Northern High School Junior Madeline Peterson, winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. Madeline’s acrylic and graphite piece allows viewers to glimpse a portion of the beauty and mystery of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior through a paper portal. Madeline made the piece for her advanced art class last year and plans to continue her artwork into the future.
“It was great to finally meet Madeline and her mother who traveled all the way from Portage to see her winning artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol,” said Upton. “It was a special moment to be sure. The arts are such a pivotal part of our community and we’re proud of Madeline’s hard work and creativity – now on display in front of millions who travel through our Capitol building each year.”
“It was so cool to come out to Washington, D.C., to see all of the artwork on display. Seeing my piece up there was awesome. It’s an honor I’ll never forget,” said Peterson. “I want to thank my family, especially my mother who is with me, my teacher Sarah Nott, my friends, and Congressman Upton for the support.”
As the 2016 Congressional Art Competition winner, Madeline and her mother flew out to Washington, D.C., on two complimentary tickets provided by Southwest Airlines. They also took part in a reception honoring winners from across the country.
To learn more about the Congressional Art Competition and Madeline’s piece, please click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, on Wednesday advanced landmark, bipartisan legislation that will reform our nation’s mental health system by a unanimous 53-0 vote. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, was introduced by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Penn, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy. It was advanced by the Subcommittee on Health in November.
“This bill will make a real difference for countless Americans,” said Upton. “The 53-0 vote marks another important milestone to delivering meaningful reforms to families in mental health crisis. Those suffering from mental illness need the attention of this Congress, and I hope the House will swiftly follow our lead.”
H.R. 2646 works to deliver evidence-based treatments to help finally conquer the stigma surrounding mental illness. Among the provisions are specific reforms to remove barriers to care, creating a new position, an Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, and transforming how Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant dollars are spent.
H.R. 2646 is supported by groups including the National Alliance on Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, on Monday joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, for a signing ceremony for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The landmark piece of legislation, advanced in the House by a 403-12 vote and unanimously in the Senate, marks the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since 1976. It improves chemical safety by clearing up the hodgepodge of state rules, reduces risks for consumers, and makes chemicals and products used every single day safer for all Americans.
“This effort marks a milestone for the American people as Congress came together to update our nation’s chemical safety laws. We took the time, did the hard work, put in countless hours of discussions and negotiations, and it paid off. Our legislation will have a monumentally positive impact for commerce, the environment, and public health. I was proud to be able to join Speaker Ryan and John Shimkus, who has worked so hard on this legislation in his own right, for this signing ceremony. We are all looking forward to the president signing our bill into law,” said Upton.
Learn more about this legislation and its benefits to Michigan here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement regarding the tragedy in Orlando:
“Sunday’s horrific attack in Orlando is a tragic reminder that we have much work to do not only against the very real threat of radical Islamic terror, but also against reprehensible hatred that simply has no place in America. This appears to have been a toxic combination of ISIS, hatred, discrimination, and pure terror. As we gather more information about what exactly happened and how, we must join together to reject the hate that fueled this unthinkable tragedy and also remain vigilant against terrorism that has once again reared its ugly head. Our hearts go out to all affected – victims, families, friends, and first responders. Southwest Michigan stands with Orlando.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in unanimously approving bipartisan legislation that will enhance pipeline safety, clarify safety oversight efforts, and provide greater regulatory certainty. The PIPES Act of 2016 reauthorizes the federal pipeline safety program within Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) for four years and requires the agency to update safety regulations, increase transparency, and embrace emerging technologies. The legislation also includes a provision championed by Upton that requires increased inspections for some underwater pipelines, including the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.
“More than two-thirds of U.S. energy consumption moves through our nation’s pipeline network and our bipartisan efforts will improve safety of this critical infrastructure here in Michigan and across the country,” said Upton. “Certain pipelines should be subject to greater scrutiny and more frequent inspections, and Line 5, which runs cross the Straights of Mackinac, is a perfect example. If a spill were to occur there, the consequences would be unthinkable. We promised action and I am proud that we have a bipartisan agreement that will make a real difference. This legislation is a bipartisan win for Southwest Michigan, our Great Lakes, and the American people.”
In 2011, Upton joined with Michigan Democrat John Dingell in authoring a bipartisan pipeline safety bill that was signed into law by President Obama. The PIPES Act reauthorizes that legislation.
To view video of Upton’s floor speech, please click here.Read More
ST. JOSEPH, MI – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the news that boxing legend and former Berrien County resident, Muhammad Ali passed away overnight:
“Muhammad Ali was indeed The Greatest and his impact and legacy will be felt for generations and beyond. His strength and bravery in the boxing ring and with his battle with Parkinson’s Disease is a testament to the human spirit. Years ago when we were organizing the bipartisan effort to double the funding for the National Institutes of Health, Ali came to my office and we worked hand in glove together on a winning course forward. I was struck then by his sense of humor and his larger than life personality. He had a way with people that was remarkable. I remember calling him the night of the vote telling him the good news that we had won, making a difference for millions struggling with pain – giving them hope for a cure. He used his greatness not just in the ring, but for another big match: 21st Century Cures. Now we have to make sure we win that title belt as well. Amey and I are sending our prayers to his wife Lonnie, the entire Ali family, and his millions of fans and admirers worldwide. We have truly lost a legend.”Read More
Today is a special yet solemn day of honor and reverence as we recognize a basic truth that our country was forged, and then protected, by those who have served and by those who have indeed made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America and our freedoms.
They were, and are, citizen soldiers. Brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters – brought together in uncommon circumstances but sharing a common goal: To serve their country and then make it back home to their families. And when our country needed them the most, they answered the call of duty without hesitation.
It is for those who left home, but did not return, that Memorial Day was created for.
Originally observed as Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868, Memorial Day eventually came to honor all Americans who died in military service. Memorial Day now serves as an occasion to remember American soldiers and service members of all wars who perished while serving our country and to honor the many sacrifices made by them and their families.
So as we look forward to warmer weather and join with friends, families, and loved ones for backyard barbecues, parades, and festivals let us keep in our minds and hearts the sacrifices made by servicemen and women of the past. Let us also keep in our minds and hearts troops who are currently in harm’s way as we look forward to their safe journey home. We keep their families in our thoughts as well, as they sacrifice without their loved ones – always worrying about their lives.
Please join me in paying our solemn respects to the many generations of heroes who sacrificed their tomorrows so that we may enjoy our freedoms today. We are truly the land of free because of the brave.
Happy Memorial Day; God bless America.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined Michigan colleagues Dan Benishek, Mike Bishop, John Conyers, Bill Huizenga, Brenda Lawrence, John Moolenaar, Dave Trott, and Tim Walberg, in writing a letter to eight Great Lakes region governors. The letter strongly urges the governors to vote against a proposal by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Regional Body to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin, to divert 8.2 million gallons of water per day from the Great Lakes.
“This request from Waukesha is precedent setting,” Members of the Michigan Delegation said in the letter. “We firmly believe the approval of this request would threaten the precious, finite resources provided by our Lakes. It takes all eight governors to approval the request for diversion. We ask that you use your vote to deny this request and protect all the Great Lakes states and their people.”
To read a copy of the letter, please click here.
To learn more about Upton’s work on Great Lakes issues, please click here.Read More
By U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Bill Huizenga
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the primary way Congress meets its most important constitutional obligation: To “provide for the common defense” of our country.
Last week, the House of Representatives advanced H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 277-147. This is an important step toward strengthening our military and keeping our country safe.
Last September, we joined our colleagues on a congressional delegation tour of the military instillations throughout Michigan. This exceptional opportunity gave us the chance to see firsthand the important role Michigan has in shaping and leading our military. Seeing our men and women in uniform here at home strengthened our commitment to our military and their families.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama does not seem to share this commitment. By threatening to veto this bipartisan legislation, the president is putting the lives of our men and women at risk.
Over the past 12 months, we have seen Russia, Iran and North Korea take increasingly aggressive positions against the United States. Elsewhere in the world, we have seen radical Islamic jihadists carryout horrific attacks in Brussels and Paris while continuing their assault against Christians, Muslims and Jews throughout the Middle East.
Now more than ever, our military must have the flexibility and capability to defend our citizens, our country and our interests across the globe at a moment's notice. The reality of the situation is our military is currently suffering from a readiness gap. For example, of the 271 strike aircraft in the Marine Corps, only 46 are available for flight operations. We must do better, and we need to make sure our troops have the tools and equipment needed to plan, execute, and complete their missions. This year’s NDAA makes specific investments into critical programs identified by our military leader to improve readiness and close this readiness gap that President Obama chose to ignore.
As our lives become more integrated with technology, the importance of cyber security also grows. Our future depends on a reliable and secure cyberspace for everything from civilian infrastructure and commerce to military logistics and communication. The 2017 NDAA elevates U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) to a unified command bringing together resources from each branch of the military rather than each having its own individual operation. It also fully funds $6.7 billion for cyber operations and readiness of Cyber Mission Forces, which directly impacts our CYBERCOM team in Battle Creek.
Furthermore, this year’s NDAA contains the annual restrictions against transferring detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States or modifying facilities in the United States for housing detainees because using the closing of Guantanamo as a political bargaining chip would only hurt our efforts to fight terrorism. Our bill also prohibits the Department of Defense from using any funds to transfer the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.
This bipartisan bill also contains a well-deserved pay raise for our service members, and blocks the president’s ability to reduce their pay. We will continue to work on a bipartisan, bicameral basis as the NDAA moves from the House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate and then to the president’s desk. If the president follows through on this veto-threat, we will work to override his veto. Our men and women in uniform, and their families, deserve nothing less.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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Bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reform and update our nation's chemical safety laws. Tomorrow, President Obama will sign our bill into law.
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