U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to advance a budget resolution that instructs House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of Obamacare:
“As I have been meeting with local, state, and federal leaders most are in agreement that the healthcare status quo is not working for many families. What we’re focused on is presenting Michiganders a better way forward. Our goal is keeping folks covered and improving the quality and affordability of their healthcare options. All while protecting critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which I have always fought for. Today’s vote simply allows Congress to get working on the legislative groundwork for repealing and swiftly enacting a replacement plan so that no one falls through the cracks. I’m hopeful this replacement plan will be bipartisan. I’ve heard from many folks here in Southwest Michigan on both sides of this important debate and look forward to being a constructive partner in this process moving forward.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today reintroduced private legislation, H.R. 461, in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Harbert, Michigan, resident Ibrahim Parlak. This private legislation has been introduced by Upton in every Congress dating back to 2005. The bill aims to provide Parlak with Permanent Legal Residency status, which would allow him to legally stay in his home in Michigan, operate his business, and enjoy all the benefits of legal residents, without fearing deportation.
“Ibrahim is a model immigrant and should be allowed to stay here in America where he has raised a family, runs a successful small business, and has become part of the fabric of our community,” said Upton. “This latest action is meant to be a back-stop against any potential action as Ibrahim’s case is rightfully re-examined by an immigration judge. We’ve been fully engaged in helping Ibrahim since 2004 – before introducing the private bill the following year – and we have no plans to let up now.”
In August of 2016, The United States Board of Immigration granted Parlak a Motion to Reopen (MTR) his case to have his Convention Against Torture affidavit reviewed by an immigration judge. The MTR means that the 2004 order to remove him from the United States is no longer final and Parlak is safe from being deported until the issue is resolved.
Upton’s private legislation has protected Parlak from deportation over the years by placing his case in deferral while the legislation awaits consideration in Congress. However, since the retirement of Senator Carl Levin, no Michigan senator has sponsored private legislation.
To see more of Upton’s work over the years to help Parlak, please click here.Read More
President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law on Dec. 13. The legislation aims to provide additional funding to the NIH and FDA while streamlining the development of new drugs.
A revised version of the bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 392-to-26 vote on Nov. 30. It was then passed by the Senate in a 94-to-5 vote on Dec. 7.
“Working together, we got the job done,” Upton and DeGette said in a joint statement. “Patients needed a game-changer — and it is our hope that history will look back at the Cures effort as the moment in time when the tide finally turned against disease.”
The 21st Century Cures Act provides the NIH with $4.8 million in new, fully offset funding, according to a fact sheet provided by the Energy and Commerce Committee. The funds will be used to help advance the Precision Medicine Initiative and provide $1.5 billion to drive research into genetic, lifestyle and environmental variations of disease; provide $1.8 billion to bolster Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot initiative over the next 7 years; and invest in the BRAIN initiative to improve understanding of diseases, including Alzheimer disease.
“I’m hopeful that, in the years ahead, Congress keeps working together in a bipartisan fashion to move us forward rather than backward in support of the health of our people,” Obama said during the bill signing.
The funding for the cancer moonshot initiative includes $300 million for the current fiscal year.
“Enacting 21st Century Cures is a momentous achievement and, potentially, an important pivot point for cancer research progress,” Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, CEO of ASCO, said in a statement. “This historic legislation brings new hope to millions of Americans facing life-threatening diseases and to their families. Not only does the 21st Century Cures Act reduce some of the major barriers to advancing cancer research, the measure also provides critical authority to federal research agencies to accomplish major priorities for the cancer community, including the cancer moonshot and precision medicine initiatives.”
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) also commended Obama and Biden for their dedication in the fight against cancer.
“[This] is a momentous occasion for the entire cancer research community and, more importantly, for the millions of people whose lives are touched by cancer,” Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), CEO of AACR, said in a statement. “The 21st Century Cures Act is a vitally important piece of legislation that will allow us to realize Vice President Biden’s goal of achieving a decade’s worth of lifesaving progress against cancer in 5 years.”
Decades of efforts have led to the current “inflection point in cancer research,” Nancy E. Davidson, MD, AACR president and executive director of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium, said in the statement.
“There are 15.5 million cancer survivors who are alive today because of cancer research,” she said. “[This] action by President Obama provides us with a down payment for the resources necessary to save more lives from cancer.”
Read online, via Healio, here.
Today, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced the selection of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, to Chair the Subcommittee on Energy.
“My home state of Michigan is a national leader in promoting 21st century energy policies having just enacted long-term, bipartisan energy legislation. We must work to do the same here at the federal level. Energy solutions have always been a priority and we will continue to promote “all-of-the-above” strategies. Whether it be assuring families have access to affordable energy, updating standards and safety for pipelines, providing appropriate security for our grid, developing safer technologies for emerging energy productions, and using energy as part of our diplomatic arsenal,” said Upton. “During the past six years as chairman of the full committee on Energy and Commerce, we accomplished big things for American families, workers, and businesses. Bold solutions to problems big and small. And now, with this new assignment, we expect the same bipartisan record of success to continue. America’s energy future is bright. We’re excited to get to work.”
“Under Fred’s Chairmanship the committee held 562 hearings, had 354 measures passed through the House, and 202 bills and provisions signed into law. I know moving forward that Fred will bring that same dedication and hard work that has come to define him as he takes up the gavel of the Subcommittee on Energy,” said Walden. “His legislative accomplishments from 21st Century Cures to landmark chemical safety reform are further evidence that the Subcommittee on Energy is in good hands in the 115th Congress.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act by a vote of 237 to 187. This legislation would require a Congressional vote on any major rule or regulation coming from the executive branch that is estimated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to impact the economy by $100 million or more. Congress would have 70 legislative days to approve a major rule with an economic impact more than $100 million and send it to the president for signature, otherwise the rule would not take effect. There is a process that provides an exemption for national emergencies such as weather-related disasters.
The executive branch includes the president, vice president, and cabinet as well as the federal agencies. Including the armed forces, the executive branch employs more than four million workers.
“Here in the House we’ve long been focused on reining in the most expensive government rules and regulations that hurt American workers, businesses, and families,” said Upton. “Under our Constitution, Congress controls the power of the purse – not unelected bureaucrats. The REINS Act is a common-sense piece of legislation that will help restore much-needed accountability and constitutionality to the regulatory process. I was proud to support it.”
The pace and volume of federal regulations and rules is staggering. In 2016, the Obama administration broke all records in printing 97,110 pages of rules and regulations, including issuing 3,853 rules and regulations in the Federal Register. These rules and regulations pose enormous burdens on American job-creators and exert a drag on the economy. One study finds that federal regulations have reduced the annual growth rate of the United States gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.8 percent.
Earlier this week, Upton also supported H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which enables Congress to repeal en masse last-minute regulations issued from the administration.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released a new report titled “2016: The Year in Review and A Look Ahead” which outlines legislative and policy priorities his office tackled in 2016 and sets priorities for the new year ahead in 2017.
“We had a busy 2016 focusing on common-sense, bipartisan solutions to problems facing families and businesses here in Southwest Michigan and across the country,” said Upton. “We were able to make enormous progress and I’m looking forward to the new year as we still have much work to do. In 2017, we plan on pursuing an ambitious agenda that will tackle issues of great importance. Working together, I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunities before us as we continue to get the job done for folks in Southwest Michigan.”
The report breaks down 10 specific policy areas in which Congressman Upton has been a bipartisan community leader; 21st Century Cures, jobs and the economy, healthcare, national security and veterans, education, the Great Lakes and our environment, energy, the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, infrastructure, and good government and oversight.
Click HERE to read the report.
Click HERE to read Upton’s top 16 success stories of 2016
Click HERE to see Upton’s photos of the year.
Click HERE to read the six must-read op-ed’s from Upton this year.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released a list of his top 16 success stories of 2016.
“We had a busy year, and despite the odds, we were able to accomplish big things in 2016,” said Upton. “From top-notch constituent service operations, to legislative accomplishments such as a national defense bill that aims to provide the largest pay-raise to our troops in six years, water infrastructure improvements and updates that specifically helped Flint residents, meaningful mental health reforms, and, of course, the groundbreaking 21st Century Cures Act that will bring faster cures to patients in need, Congress worked together in 2016 to accomplish tremendous things for the American people.”
Below are 16 examples of that bipartisan success from 2016:
1. Game-changing medical innovation bill, 21st Century Cures, now law
2. Unmatched constituent services
4. Sweeping, bipartisan opioid abuse package signed into law
5. Landmark, bipartisan mental health reform legislation signed into law
6. President Obama signs bipartisan pipeline safety legislation into law
7. The most meaningful chemical safety reforms in a quarter century signed into law
8. Upton/Peters defense legislation signed into law
9. Bipartisan legislation to protect sexual assault survivors signed into law
10. A significant victory for Ibrahim Parlak to stay in the United States
11. Critical defense bill aims to give our troops their biggest pay-raise in six years
12. Michigan delegation continues bipartisan fight for Fort Custer
13. Funding to fight the Zika virus
14. Local FIRST Robotics teams take center stage in Washington, D.C.
15. Advancing bipartisan legislation to support the health of our Great Lakes
16. Bipartisan, bicameral legislation to honor South Haven Vietnam War veteran with Medal of Honor moves forward
BONUS: The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, tonight released the following statement after Stryker Corp. announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, $130-million corporate campus in Portage, Michigan.
“This exciting news is a win-win for local patients and job creators. Thanks in part to our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, we will now see more accelerated approvals of life-saving drugs and critical medical devices and they will be manufactured right here at home. With this state-of-the-art project now in place, our entire Southwest Michigan region remains well positioned to stay on the cutting edge of medical research and innovations so we can improve our local quality of life.”Read More
West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the 21st Century Cures Act means “we will find cures for these diseases…years before we otherwise would have.”
Upton was the lead sponsor of the bill that was signed into law last week by President Obama. The Saint Joseph Republican says it accelerates approval of drugs and devices that can lead to cures for diseases like cancer. Upton sat down with WMUK’s Gordon Evans to discuss the Cures Act and other issues.
21st Century Cures Act
Some patient advocacy groups have raised concerns about drugs reaching the market too quickly, compromising safety. But Upton says lawmakers consulted with experts from the Food and Drug Administration past and present to find faster cures with safety and keep standards in place. Upton says the FDA has been losing good people, who have been hired away by drug companies. He says the Cures Legislation gives the FDA more resources to hire more people and pay them more.
You can listen to the entire interview 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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