WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after President Obama signed sweeping bipartisan legislation to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic into law Friday:
“In the face of a surging crisis, we came together and got the job done. We have a thoughtful solution that attacks the opioid epidemic from all sides – one that zeros in on treatment for addiction and overdoses, reforms prescribing practices, and works with law enforcement. For folks suffering in Southwest Michigan and across American who are desperate for relief, help is on the way.”
The legislation includes over a dozen bills passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Upton. Upton also chaired the House and Senate conference meeting that finalized the comprehensive package. Earlier this month the House voted 407 to 5 and the Senate voted 92-2 in support of the consensus bill.
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“As Michiganders, pipeline safety is an issue that hits especially close to home. Pipelines are critical to the essential transportation of our energy resources, but when a catastrophe can strike in the blink of an eye, we must be prepared and we must hold those responsible accountable. In the wake of this tragic spill, we got to work on new standards – the toughest on the books – to ensure something like this can never happen again, anywhere. I applaud our local leaders and all of the stakeholders for their commitment to restoring our natural resources.”
In 2011, Upton and Michigan Democrat John Dingell came together to work on bipartisan legislation that made vital updates and improvements to our nation’s pipeline infrastructure. The law also increased inspection and accountability requirements for those responsible for spills. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law by the president.
In June of 2016 the reauthorization of the 2011 law, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 was signed into law by the president. The reauthorization built upon the 2011 law and included specific transparency provisions related to the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined House and Senate leadership this morning to take part in an enrollment ceremony for S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Upton chaired the Conference Committee that reported the final bipartisan, bicameral package – marking the first time in his career he has chaired such a Conference.
“I was proud to chair the Conference Committee that reported this important legislation aimed at helping folks facing real crisis,” said Upton. “Our community in Southwest Michigan, and communities across the country, are facing an urgent problem, and we came together to get the job done. I am hopeful and confident that President Obama will follow our lead and sign this package into law soon. Lives are at stake, and this critical legislation will help make a difference.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, took to the floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon to speak on yesterday’s Berrien County Courthouse tragedy.
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Additionally, Upton released a statement on the tragedy yesterday which can be found here.
Full remarks, as prepared, can also be found below:
Mr. Speaker, it is with deep sadness that I ask for Unanimous Consent to address the House for the purpose of a one-minute speech.
Southwest Michigan has had some tough times lately. Now, we’re faced with the news that broke yesterday that two bailiffs at the Berrien County Courthouse in my hometown of St. Joseph, Michigan, were slain by an inmate who had overpowered his guards.
And so I rise today to offer support and love for the victims’ friends, family, and for our entire community. We should continue to keep those affected in our hearts, and in our minds. I also want to thank the countless folks on the front lines who clearly prevented this tragedy from being even worse than it was. The swift actions of those on the ground deserve to be commended – particularly the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department led by Sheriff Paul Bailey. I was with him just this past Saturday. What he has had to endure over the past 24 hours is unthinkable.
I also want to thank the immediate action and outpouring of support from our local officials; St. Joseph Mayor Mike Garey, Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad and State elected officials; Governor Rick Snyder, John Proos, and Al Pscholka. It’s times like these when we all unite as one. This heartbreaking tragedy happened in the blink of an eye, but we will never forget…
We will remember and honor Joseph Zangaro, who I knew personally, who was the head of courthouse security and a retired Michigan State Police officer.
We will remember and honor Ronald Kienzle, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired Benton Township Police officer.
I ask my colleagues and those who hear this message across the country to pray for the families of the two victims, and for the speedy recovery of another deputy, James Atterberry, and a civilian caught in the middle, Kenya Ellis.
We will get through this – together. Thank you and I yield back.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, made the following statement on the shooting that occurred this afternoon at the Berrien County Courthouse:
“What occurred today in my hometown breaks my heart. My thoughts are with our entire community – our friends and neighbors. This tragic event reminds us all too well that our law enforcement officers have their lives on the line every day not knowing what that day will bring. We have lost two very able public servants and we all grieve for them and their families. As we learn more about this horrific situation, one thing is clear: we must do better to prevent these types of tragedies from occurring.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement upon House passage of the Conference report to accompany S. 524 – the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
“We’re in the midst of an opioid crisis that has no boundaries and does not discriminate. In Michigan, we are enduring 10 times as many deaths today as there were 15 years ago. And sadly, the numbers continue to surge,” said Upton. “We owe this effort to the past, present, and sadly, future victims of the opioid epidemic – our neighbors, friends, and family, across every part of the country and every demographic group. Today’s overwhelming bipartisan vote of 407-5 underscores the urgency, and I hope the Senate will swiftly follow suit. We must all come together, and get the job done. What we are doing will help save lives.”
The report – which was advanced by a meeting of House and Senate opioid conferees, chaired by Upton, earlier this week – is supported by over 200 addiction advocacy groups.
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U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his U.S. House colleagues to pass landmark, bipartisan legislation to reform our nation’s mental health system by a 422-2 vote. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, was spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, following an extensive investigation into the nation’s failing mental health care system.
“This is an issue that impacts every community, and so many families, in one way or another,” said Upton. “For far too long, mental health was a subject left in the shadows. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Our bipartisan bill will save lives, aid families, and provide comfort and relief to those struggling with mental health issues. It is a strong bill that both Republicans and Democrats can be proud of. Our work will make a real difference and deliver meaningful reforms to families in mental health crisis here in Michigan and all across the country.”
H.R. 2646 represents the most significant reforms to our nation’s mental health programs in decades. The legislation makes sure the federal government funds evidence-based programs and removes barriers to care. It also includes reforms to provide the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) new tools and resources under the leadership of a new position, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use.
H.R. 2646 was advanced in June by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Upton, by a 53-0 vote.
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By Rep. Fred Upton
Legislation to protect seniors’ access to their Medicare doctors, to strengthen and improve chemical and pipeline safety, to reform our nation’s mental health system, and to revolutionize our healthcare ecosystem to facilitate 21st Century Cures.
What do all of these have in common?
One thing: Big, bipartisan votes in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to help usher these critical pieces of legislation through regular order here in the House, and eventually into law.
At a time when Congress seems to be more stuck than ever, the Energy and Commerce Committee, which I chair, has come together and advanced meaningful legislation that makes a real difference in the lives of each and every American. These five landmark bills represent just a fraction of the hard work our Members – both Republican and Democrat – do in Washington.
It’s a good-news story the media doesn’t always seem interested in telling, but it’s an important story to tell nonetheless.
Here at E&C, we call it our #RecordOfSuccess. Since I became Chairman in 2011, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and gotten to work for the American people. In that time, we’ve seen over 130 pieces of bipartisan legislation move through our committee, sail through the House and onto the Senate, and then to the White House to be signed by President Obama.
H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, was a bipartisan, bicameral effort to permanently fix the Medicare payment formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Our committee worked over several years, and multiple Congresses to enact real reforms that would fix this flawed payment formula and protect seniors’ access to their Medicare physicians. It strengthened Medicare for seniors now and for future generations and also protected and expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Our committee advanced this common sense legislation by a bipartisan 51-0 vote. It passed the House and the Senate and President Obama signed it into law.
Chemical safety reform was long overdue, with the last real update coming in 1976, and – again – after several years and multiple sessions of Congress, we were able to come to a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation that will make real reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The end result was the Frank L. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which was advanced by our committee 47-0-1. It passed the House and the Senate and President Obama signed this chemical safety measure into law on June 22, 2016. This landmark legislation marked the most meaningful update to issues involving environment and the economy in decades.
Pipeline safety has long been a priority for our committee. In 2011, we first passed legislation to improve and strengthen the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) so that the free flow of critical energy continues, keeping costs low for families and businesses across the country. That law needed to be reauthorized and also needed some fine-tuning so we worked in tandem with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and constructed the PIPES Act, which our committee advanced by a unanimous vote earlier this month. It was passed in the House and Senate and President Obama recently signed this important bill into law.
Reforming our nation’s mental health system has also been another multi-year, multi-Congress priority for our committee. H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), is a good piece of legislation that will make a real difference for countless Americans. Those suffering from mental illness need the attention of this Congress, and we acted: H.R. 2646 advanced through our committee by a 53-0 vote. The landmark mental health reform package now awaits a vote by the full House, which is expected in the coming months.
Finally, we come to 21st Century Cures. This bold idea – fostered by myself and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) – aims to improve our nation’s health care innovation ecosystem and was the result of a year-long listening tour that took members of our committee across the country to hear directly from patients, families, doctors, and researchers. What we learned is that when there is a gap between the science and the laws that regulate – we all lose – but especially patients and families who need cures now. What we came up with was H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act which advanced in our committee by a 51-0 vote, was passed the House by a sweeping margin, and now awaits a vote in the Senate.
Working together, the Energy and Commerce Committee members have continued to deliver results for the American people time and time again. The proof is in the pudding, and we’re going to keep getting the job done for the American people. Cooperation, collaboration, and bipartisan results may not achieve the boldest headlines, but they have the boldest impact for everyday Americans. And that’s what matters most.
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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.
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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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