WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in advancing legislation, H.R. 702 – To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions, that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, lifting this ban would generate $1.4 billion in profits to the federal government during the next 10 years from oil and gas leases. Additionally, data from the Government Accountability Office, projects that ending the ban would lower gasoline prices by 1.5 to 13 cents per gallon. It is also expected to support up to 964,000 additional U.S. jobs.
H.R. 702 was passed by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 261-159.
“Lifting the crude oil export ban is a win for our economy,” said Upton, who chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “It would lower prices at the pump, create jobs, generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits, and strengthen our geopolitical influence across the globe. It would also boost royalty payments from federal oil and gas leases, reducing the budget deficit by over a billion dollars. Collectively, all of these gains provide the makings of a success story that would greatly benefit our economy at a time of great uncertainty. After four decades; it’s time to lift the ban and say yes to energy.”
BACKGROUND: The ban on crude oil exports was put into place in 1975 in response to the Arab oil embargo. The United States is now one of the leading producers of oil in the world, benefiting American workers and lowering prices at the pump.
To read letters of support for H.R. 702, please click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today gave the following opening statement at an Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on “Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheating Allegations: Initial Questions.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined by his colleagues in the House of Representatives, passed the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation was advanced by a bipartisan vote of 270-156 and now heads to the U.S. Senate and then the president’s desk.
“Voting to support our brave men and women in uniform as well as their families is one of the easiest votes we have to make,” said Upton, who also chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee. “When our military has the tools and resources they need we are all better for it – especially in the current era of unprecedented threats. Our Constitution makes it Congress’ responsibility to ‘provide for the common defense’ and that is exactly what we did today.”
The FY2016 NDAA authorizes necessary funds for the Department of Defense so that our military personnel have the tools they need to defend our nation, and the well-deserved benefits to support their families at home. In the current era of unprecedented threats, technological changes, and uncertainty, it is vital that our Armed Forces are properly prepared. Additionally, FY2016 NDAA authorizes the budget authority of the national security programs of the Department of Energy.
To learn more about Congressman Upton’s legislative work to benefit our military, their families, and our veterans, please click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined by his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, advanced key energy legislation to the House floor. H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act was approved by the full committee by a bipartisan vote of 32- 20. Today’s vote marks another important milestone in the multi-year, multi-Congress effort to modernize the nation’s energy laws.
“Today’s vote that says ‘yes to energy’ marks an important milestone as we work to update our laws for a new era of energy abundance,” said Upton. “We have prioritized creating jobs and improving our infrastructure to ensure affordable energy continues to flow to folks in Michigan and across the country. America has the resources to become an energy superpower. All we need are the right 21st century laws to fulfill our promise. We will continue working toward building a bipartisan consensus as our goal remains getting something to the president’s desk that will be signed into law. We are on to the floor.”
Over the past year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has conducted a number of legislative hearings, received testimony from a number of governmental witnesses, including the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and heard from dozens of private sector organizations. H.R. 8 is the product of feedback and good-faith negotiations that fortifies America’s energy security by reinvesting in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and by hardening and modernizing energy infrastructure to withstand 21st century threats like cyber, severe weather, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. The legislation will also help the United States to benefit by streamlining the approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and by providing coordination on energy diplomacy issues with our North American neighbors. H.R. 8 also includes energy efficiency provisions.
To view letters of support for H.R. 8, please click here.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement today after House Speaker John Boehner announced he will resign at the end of October.
“I respect Speaker Boehner’s decision. In the coming days and weeks we will have critical votes before us – and we have to get the job done for the American people. We are elected to put our country first, and I believe that is exactly what Speaker Boehner did today.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the address by Pope Francis to the Joint Meeting of Congress today:
“It was a privilege and an honor to hear Pope Francis’ address. He is one who is truly committed to challenging all of us to do good and to lead lives for the betterment of others. The way Pope Francis was able to weave together four different stories about four different Americans – Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton – who all had different journeys in life but all shared in the common belief of America’s great destiny, was very inspirational. America truly is the land of hope, dreams, and opportunities and it was powerful to be reminded of what we can accomplish when we band together and remember our common destiny.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after Congressman Dan Benishek announced he will not seek another term.
“I spoke with my friend Dr. Dan this morning and told him I was very sorry to see him go. His service to our country, our veterans, and to Northern Michigan has been top-notch in every sense. We recently took a trip together to visit our Michigan defense sites and he was the anchor and a quiet leader. Quick to laugh, steady, and a consummate team player who always kept the best interests of our great state, and our veterans, first and foremost. I will miss him.”Read More
NILES, MI – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today was honored with the Champion of Children Award by Michigan members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Ready Nation and Shepherding the Next Generation. The event was a thank-you to state and federal lawmakers who helped pass early childhood home visiting program legislation which benefits at-risk children and their families.
“We all want to keep kids out of the courtroom,” said Upton, who also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “There truly is nothing more important than to make sure our kids are safe. We should be investing in our kids and making sure they don’t get in trouble in the first place. Solving these sorts of problems before they get to be big problems is a no-brainer and I’m proud to support it.”
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Upton supported the creation and passage of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) – which was created in 2010 and reauthorized in 2014. The program is designed to help pregnant women and new parents make sure they have the proper training to promote healthy development of their newborns, prevent child abuse and neglect, improve school readiness and family self-sufficiency through services often provided by nurses, social workers, or child development specialists.
“These programs pay off dividends,” said Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, who hosted the reception at the Berrien County Courthouse in Niles. “We see it and we tell our legislators.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined the majority of his House colleagues in voting to disapprove the Iran nuclear deal. H.R. 3461 – To Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, related to the nuclear program of Iran – was voted down by a strong bipartisan vote of 269-162.
“It is absolutely critical that we deny Iran the ability to develop nuclear weapons,” said Upton, who also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The domino effect it would have on the Middle East would be devastating. The deal the Obama administration struck is simply not sufficient. The deal lifts sanctions prematurely, allows Iran to keep – and in some cases advance – key bomb making technologies, and allows Iran to ‘self inspect’ their most sensitive nuclear facilities. This is unacceptable and I believe we must do better. It is a sad day for America when we sell out to this Iran regime.”Read More
Next week, thousands of Southwest Michigan families will send their children and young adults back to school. As a father of two, I understand the importance of ensuring that our youngest citizens receive a quality education. I have long been committed to the improvement of our education system and believe that an educated workforce means a stronger and more stable economy.
Not only that, but a strong education remains the bedrock of civic life. Luckily, we are blessed with a quality educational system that begins with programs like Head Start, continues with K-12 education, and goes all the way to vocational training or higher education. I remain committed to ensuring everyone in Southwest Michigan has the opportunity to receive a quality education that will help them succeed throughout their lives.
I have long been an advocate for Head Start programs, which provide our most disadvantaged children the resources they need to receive a first-rate education. I support STEAM programs that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math so that our students can compete in our global economy for the jobs of the future. I have also been a strong supporter of working to keep higher education affordable for everyone who wants to attend and promoting alternative choices like vocational schools for who choose job-related training.
Every child in every school deserves access to an excellent education.
A proper education is necessary for success in today’s world and I remain ever-committed to working towards the goal of quality education for all here in Southwest Michigan.
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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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Before tonight's big game - showing some Chicago Cubs pride here in our nation's capital! #FlytheW
WATCH my opening statement from today's oversight hearing on Volkswagen's emissions cheating allegations. VW will inevitably pay a steep price
Wishing my friend John Dingell a speedy recovery.
Enjoyed giving a legislative update earlier today at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce.
#BREAKING: House passes National Defense Authorization Act with a bipartisan 270-156 vote. Our Constitution makes it Congress’ responsibility