Fred Upton

Fred Upton

MICHIGAN's 6th DISTRICT

VIDEO: Congressman Upton Joins WWMT

2016/02/11

Congressman Upton joins WWMT Channel 3 to discuss the bipartisan passage of  the Flint Water/EPA reform bill, the president’s budget, 21st Century Cures, the GOP presidential primary, and the threat of the Zika Virus

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BREAKING: Kildee, Upton Flint Legislation Advances in the House

2016/02/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, applauded the swift passage of H.R. 4470, the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives today in a 416-2 vote. The bipartisan legislation was co-sponsored by all 14 members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation and is similar to legislation in the U.S. Senate sponsored by Senators Stabenow and Peters.

“Our hearts all go out to Flint. All folks want is the peace of mind that their governments are looking out for their best interest, and that their water is safe,” said Upton, who also chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “I wish this bill was not necessary, but it is. The system let the people of Flint down at every level, and that’s unacceptable. The entire situation breaks your heart, and we have a responsibility, working together as Republicans and Democrats, to fix the problem in Flint. This bill is an important step.”

H.R. 4470 specifically requires drinking water systems to notify customers when 10 percent of its customers have lead levels above the “lead action level” of 15 parts per billion. It also closes a gap in current law by requiring that if a State fails to notify water customers within 24 hours of receiving information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about a potential effect on human health from short-term lead exposure, the EPA must issue the notification.

H.R. 4470 also requires the EPA to create a strategic plan for handling and improving information flow between its own personnel, workers at water utilities, state officials, and affected consumers. This ensures that a planning template will be in place to prevent crises, so that water systems and states are not creating a reaction plan on-the-fly after the crisis hits.

For more information on H.R. 4470, please click here.

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ICYMI: Michigan reps in Congress touting bill to speed up discovery of medical cures

2016/02/08

It's been less than three months since Chad Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, died following a 15-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor.

But his legacy lives on.

Chad's passing in November came at the hands of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an extremely rare type of pediatric brain cancer.

The fact that there's currently no cure was noted on Friday as U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton traveled to southeast Michigan to discuss the bipartisan21st Century Cures Act, a multibillion-dollar piece of legislation pending in Congress.

The two representatives, who hail from different political parties, met with patient groups, families, doctors and researchers to discuss the legislation introduced by Upton and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in hopes of speeding up the discovery, development and delivery of life-saving drugs and devices for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes.

The legislation includes billions of dollars worth of new research funding for the National Institutes of Health and would overhaul the process the Food and Drug Administration uses to assess and approve new medicines.

Among those at Friday's roundtable discussion at the University of Michigan-Dearborn was Tammi Carr, Chad's mother.

Following the roundtable, the representatives traveled to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for a discussion with leading doctors and researchers to learn how their work would be impacted by the 21st Century Cures Act. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel joined in the discussion.

"It was great to host Chairman Upton in Southeast Michigan to raise the drumbeat about 21st Century Cures," Dingell said in a statement afterward.

"This truly bipartisan legislation transcends political parties and will benefit every family in Michigan and across the country," she said. "We heard heartbreaking stories from patients and family members of loved ones who passed away and how 21st Century Cures gives them hope for the future."

Dingell said those personal stories bring an even greater sense of urgency to the need to develop the next generation of medical cures. She vows to continue working with Upton to get the legislation passed and signed into law.

"Every day that we wait is another day that cures don't get to the patients who need them," Dingell said.

The legislation passed the House floor 344-77 last July, with mostly Republicans against it. It's now being considered by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

"21st Century Cures is all about providing hope for patients and their loved ones here in Michigan, and across the country," said Upton, a U-M graduate.

"Today's roundtable was another opportunity to hear directly from those patients we're fighting for, and to get the word out about our bipartisan efforts to get fast, safe, and innovative treatments out there for everyone."

According to a summary sheet, the 21st Century Cures Act would break down barriers to sharing and analyzing the growing amount of health data generated in research and clinical settings and strengthen the FDA's ability to take the direct experience of patients with particular diseases and conditions, and the effect of their current therapies, and use that data to improve potential treatments.

Additionally, it's intended to provide guidance for broader and more collaborative development, understanding and utilization of drug development tools such as biomarkers, which can be used for earlier assessment of how a particular therapy is working and on whom, and advance personalized medicine, making sure patients can be treated based on their unique characteristics at the appropriate time.

It also is intended to modernize clinical trials and allow greater use of patient-generated registries that speed the recruitment of participants, allow researchers to screen patients in advance to determine if their genetic predisposition makes them better candidates for targeted therapies, and clear the way to use new and creative adaptive trial designs and deploy the most modern statistical and data tools, while reducing duplicative or unnecessary paperwork requirements.

The legislation also aims to remove regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps that generate real-time patient data, while providing new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases.

"Small populations and a lengthy development process often make the discovery of treatments for rare diseases and conditions challenging," reads the summary of the proposed legislation. "HR 6 creates new economic incentives for the development of therapies for serious and life-threatening conditions, including rare diseases. New incentives will translate to more, faster cures."

Additionally, the legislation aims to create a new coordinating mechanism to remove choke points that slow the connections between scientific discovery, drug and device development, and how therapies are approved and made available to patients.

The bill calls for an appropriation of $1.86 billion per year for five years to establish a new NIH and Cures Innovation Fund for biomedical research and other programs, with offsetting revenue from selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

"Since experts believe investments in younger scientists will speed the discovery of new cures, HR 6 also includes provisions to invest more resources in the next generation of scientists for the next generation of drugs," the summary states.

The bill's supporters are touting it as not only a patients bill, but also a jobs bill ensuring the U.S. remains the medical innovation capital of the world, avoiding jobs in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries from going overseas.

"Because of our leadership, U.S. medical device-related employment totals over 2 million jobs, and the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry is responsible for over 4 million U.S. jobs," the legislation summary sheet states. "NIH funding currently supports over 400,000 jobs at research institutions across the country, including jobs for young scientists. The policies in HR 6 will help us fight off foreign competitors so we can keep these jobs, and add more, here at home."

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ICYMI: Flint water crisis prompts EPA reform bill from Upton, Kildee

2016/02/05

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, today introduced a bill to speed public notification when concentrations of lead in drinking water are above federal requirements. 

The bill is co-sponsored by all 14 members of Michigan's congressional delegation, , said a joint press release from Upton and Kildee.

A similar bill was introduced in the Senate by Michigan Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peter.

The Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act will strengthen requirements to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notify the public when concentrations of lead exceed federal standards, the press release said.

The proposed legislation "requires the EPA to create a strategic plan for handling and improving information flow between water utilities, the states, the EPA, and affected consumers. It also ensures consumer notification when the corrosiveness of water being transported in a lead pipe could leech into public drinking water," the press release said.

In Flint, the EPA was aware for months of potential issues of high lead levels in drinking water but was rebuff by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, according to internal documents that have been recently made public by media outlets. 

EPA Administrator Susan Hedman, who oversaw the Midwest region including Michigan, concluded that while the EPA sets water-quality standards, it could not overrule state agencies in enforcing those regulations. She has since been criticized for not being more aggressive to confronting the DEQ.

Hedman announced her resignation late last month and the EPA has said it is reviewing its response to the situation in Flint. The EPA's response was among the topic discussed Wednesday during a Congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis.

"When there are unacceptable levels of lead in people's drinking water, they should immediately be told about it," Kildee said in the press release. "This legislation, supported by Democrats and Republicans, strengthens notification requirements for the public and changes federal law to ensure that people are notified quickly when there are dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water. This is the latest action I'm taking in Congress to promote accountability and help Flint recover from this terrible man-made tragedy."

"What happened in Flint is simply unacceptable at all levels. No amount of regrets or words can actually fix what's broken – we need concrete action," said Upton, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

"Our bipartisan legislation will ensure consumers are not kept in the dark and makes certain the EPA fulfills their fundamental duty to warn the public of high lead levels," Upton said in the press release. "Our efforts now must focus on helping those Flint families who need clean water. We're not letting up." 

Read the article online, via MLive, here.

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Kildee, Upton Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Federal Role in Drinking Water Emergencies

2016/02/04

Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, today announced joint legislation pertaining to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The bill is co-sponsored by all 14 members of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation.

The Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act will strengthen requirements to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) step in to notify the public when concentrations of lead in drinking water are above federal requirements. It requires the EPA to create a strategic plan for handling and improving information flow between water utilities, the states, the EPA, and affected consumers. It also ensures consumer notification when the corrosiveness of water being transported in a lead pipe could leech into public drinking water. The legislation is similar to a bill introduced by Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate.

“What happened in Flint is simply unacceptable at all levels. No amount of regrets or words can actually fix what’s broken – we need concrete action,” said Upton, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “Our bipartisan legislation will ensure consumers are not kept in the dark and makes certain the EPA fulfills their fundamental duty to warn the public of high lead levels. Our efforts now must focus on helping those Flint families who need clean water. We’re not letting up.”  

“When there are unacceptable levels of lead in people’s drinking water, they should immediately be told about it,” Congressman Kildee said. “This legislation, supported by Democrats and Republicans, strengthens notification requirements for the public and changes federal law to ensure that people are notified quickly when there are dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water. This is the latest action I’m taking in Congress to promote accountability and help Flint recover from this terrible man-made tragedy.”

Read the full text of the legislation online HERE.

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ICYMI: Keeping America's Grid Safe

2016/02/02

The world we live in today is rapidly changing, highly interconnected, and uniquely threatened in ways not thought possible when our electric grid first came online. When it comes to keeping our country safe, nothing is more under-the-radar yet crucial to the nation’s well-being than our electric grid infrastructure. Everything from cyber-attacks to electromagnetic pulse waves, severe weather to seismic events has the potential to shut down or disrupt parts of the grid. The results of these disruptions or shut downs would have far-reaching economic and public health impacts.

Take for example the recent cyber attack that occurred on an energy company in the Ukraine. Over 700,000 households were affected by a blackout that lasted for several hours. Although still under investigation, it is widely suspected that a well-engineered malware referred to as ‘BlackEnergy’ was the source of the blackout and the Ukrainian government has publicly pinned the attack on Russia. Malicious events like these reinforce that we can, and should, do more to modernize and strengthen our grid security here at home. 

Policymakers at the state, local, and federal levels of government must consider policies that account for these evolving 21st century threats. The Energy and Commerce Committee has already taken the lead in proposing and implementing solutions to these security challenges. As part of this year’s landmark, bipartisan highway legislation, grid security and reliability legislation championed by members of the committee were included in the final version of the bill, which was signed into law by the president on December 4, 2015. 

The first bill, H.R. 2271, the Critical Electric Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) protects our critical electric infrastructure. This legislation, for the first time, provides the Secretary of Energy authority to take emergency measures to address imminent threats and emergencies facing the grid. The provision also significantly improves the protection and voluntary sharing of critical electric infrastructure information between the private sector and federal government, which will improve coordination and allow for earlier detection of threats and better response and mitigation times.

The second bill, H.R. 2244, introduced by Reps Ellmers and McNerney, directs the Department of Energy to submit a plan to Congress outlining the feasibility of establishing a Strategic Transformer Reserve to increase our emergency preparedness capabilities. A Strategic Transformer Reserve would store spare large power transformers and mobile substations in strategically located facilities around the country to temporarily replace damaged power transformers and substations. 

The third bill, H.R. 1558, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2015, championed by Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), and Mike Doyle (D-PA), was also included in the highway bill. Power generators often are forced to choose between violating a Department of Energy emergency order to provide power or violating the terms of their environmental operating permit. This provision provides certainty to electric utilities and protects grid reliability across the country by resolving this conflict.

Taken together, this package of bills represents a step forward for how our country deals with electric grid safety and security. Though there’s still more work to be done. 

This year, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to advance meaningful reforms to keep our electric grid safe and secure. Nothing quite disrupts the daily routine of Americans like a power outage. Reliable electricity is an unseen luxury that many folks take for granted, until the lights go dark. Oftentimes Mother Nature is the culprit, but folks who want to cause America harm have eyed extended outages. If state sponsored or rogue hackers were successful in disabling the grid, shutting down power for weeks or months. We will continue taking necessary steps to fortify the electric grid to ensure disaster does not strike.

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Upton Announces Grace Beverage of Portage Accepted to West Point

2016/01/29

KALAMAZOO, MI – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Grace Beverage of Portage, Michigan, has been accepted to attend the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Upton nominated Beverage to the prestigious academy and personally congratulated her on her appointment.

“To be able to nominate and now announce the appointment of this young woman is a great honor,” said Upton. “Being accepted for admission to the USMA at West Point is an exceptional credit to Grace and her family, and they are rightfully very excited about this opportunity. Traditionally, cadets at West Point go on to serve our country at the very highest levels. Our community is thrilled to watch Grace go for her dreams and become a respected member in the ‘Long Gray Line’”. 

Beverage is a student at Portage Central High School, where she is a member of Portage Central’s National Honor Society, a member of the KAMSC student senate, and Secretary of the Portage Youth Advisory Council for Youth in Government. She is also a varsity athlete, running cross country and playing lacrosse and is a teen volunteer for the Portage District Library. She hopes to become an Officer in the Engineer Corps.

Upton nominates students to military service academies from Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District who have excelled in school and in extra-curricular activities. Students are then interviewed by members of his Academy Advisory Board, which is made up of community leaders. The individual academies make the final decisions on military appointments.

Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s Kalamazoo District Office for further information at 269-385-0039.

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Upton Announces St. Joseph Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

2016/01/28

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today announced that Raul Cuellar III of St. Joseph, Michigan, has been accepted to attend the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Upton recommended Raul for selection to the prestigious service academy and has personally congratulated him on the appointment.

“Young people like Raul who excel not only in the classroom but beyond make our community stronger,” said Upton. “I was honored to be able to speak to Raul and announce his appointment. He is very excited. Raul is a leader on the rise and we are all eager to watch his journey unfold.”

Raul is a student at St. Joseph High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, captain of the varsity wrestling team, Student Ambassador, and active in the math and Spanish clubs. Additionally, Raul volunteers at Lakeland Hospital and the Salvation Army of Benton Harbor. Both of Raul’s grandfathers served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Raul hopes to become a Naval Aviator and study mathematics at the academy.

Upton nominates students to military service academies from Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District who have excelled in school and in extra-curricular activities. Students are then interviewed by members of his Academy Advisory Board, which is made up of community leaders. The individual academies make the final decisions on military appointments.

Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s Kalamazoo District Office for further information at 269-385-0039.

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Upton Nominates Local Students to United States Service Academies

2016/01/27

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced his nominations of local students to United States Service Academies. The 16 service academy nominees for the 2015-2016 academic year have excelled both academically as well as athletically in their respective schools and have gone through an extensive selection process.

“Being able to nominate such talented local students to our nation’s prestigious military service academies is one of my greatest honors as a Member of Congress,” said Upton. “These young men and women represent the best of our community and aim to follow in the tradition of some of America’s brightest minds. Each member of this group has gone through a rigorous selection process, not to mention excelled in the classroom and beyond. We’re so proud of their accomplishments so far, and expect great things from them in the future.”

The selection process included an interview with Upton’s Academy Advisory Board, which is comprised of local community leaders. Upon approval by the board, the students’ names were given to Upton, who then officially nominated the students to military academies. The individual academies make the final decisions on military appointments. All applicants to military academies must be nominated by a Members of Congress, the Vice President, or the President.

Students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to contact Upton’s Kalamazoo District Office for further information: 268-385-0039. They can also learn more about the academies, and the application process here.

Upton has nominated the following students for the class of 2020:

United States Naval Academy

Raul Cuellar, St. Joseph, St. Joseph High School

Gunner Harrison, Stevensville, Auburn University

Elena Shafer, Paw Paw, Paw Paw High School

Noah Pollack, Portage, Arizona State University

Benjamin Coll, Kalamazoo, Portage Central High School

Gabriel Pedraza, Portage, Portage Central High School

Connor Sloan, Schoolcraft, Schoolcraft High School

Peter Sinkovitz, Richland, University of Notre Dame

United States Military Academy

Matthew Robinson, Dorr, United States Military Preparatory School

Kory Patrick, Richland, Gull Lake High School

Caleb Kim, Berrien Springs, Berrien Springs High School

Francine Barchett, Benton Harbor, Grace Christian School

Grace Beverage, Portage, Portage Central High School

United States Air Force Academy

Jacob Simon, South Haven, South Haven High School

Daniel Christensen, Augusta, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Eric Petosky, Constantine, Constantine High School

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Upton Meets with Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad

2016/01/27

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today met with Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad in his Benton Harbor office.

“It was great to catch up with Mayor Muhammad and discuss issues of importance to our community,” said Upton. “As we look to the year ahead of us I know we’ll have a strong partnership as we focus on common goals of job creation, economic growth, and improving the lives of everyone here in Southwest Michigan.”

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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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