U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement:
“Let me be clear: There are no 'very fine' white supremacists. I join with many others in denouncing this sort of unacceptable racism and bigotry and condemning white supremacy, neo-Nazi, and KKK groups - particularly the ones whose actions led to tragic violence in Charlottesville.
“My father fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II against the Nazi's. That kind of evil and hatred must be stamped out.
“I have always been one who looks to bring folks together. I’ll continue to speak out against racism, divisive rhetoric, and violence just as I did on Saturday.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the news that former 3rd District Congressman Vern Ehlers had passed away at the age of 83:
“They don’t make them like Vern anymore. He was so well respected on both sides of the aisle, hard-working, and always a teacher at heart. He committed his life to the service of others – ensuring our students were well prepared for careers in math and science and raising awareness for protecting our environment and Great Lakes. He was a family man and a Christian who made his community and country a better place for all. We will certainly miss his common-sense voice, the likes of which is all too rare in today’s political climate.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement on the news of riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, spurred by white supremacy groups:
“What is happening in #Charlottesville is most disturbing. It shames us as a nation. It needs to stop. Now. We are all watching. It threatens the very core of our country: Tolerance, acceptance, & embracing diversity. We must join together to oppose this divisiveness.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement:
“The path forward to fixing the healthcare mess is seeking bipartisan, common-sense common-ground. At the top of our list is stabilizing insurance markets and ensuring lower premiums for patients. Our other goals are simple and what I’ve fought for all along: Protect those with pre-existing conditions and ensure states that expanded Medicaid, like Michigan, are secure. This will safeguard the most vulnerable amongst us so they do not have the rug ripped out from under them. I look forward to being a constructive, bipartisan partner in these efforts. To that effect, I have joined with nearly 50 members of both parties as part of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers” caucus to pursue these goals.”Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advancing seven bipartisan pieces of legislation. Among those was H.R. 3406, the PAVE Act authored by Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, which was approved by a 54 to 0 vote.
“The future of the automobile is here and the automotive industry is completely revolutionizing how we will get around for decades to come,” said Upton. “Self-driving cars will play a critical role in Michigan’s economy and it’s important we have guidelines in place to help create jobs and boost our economy without sacrificing safety. This bipartisan legislation will allow self-driving car manufacturers to innovate while keeping gold standard safety levels in place.”
This bipartisan legislation expands existing authority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to evaluate and approve exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards only if there is no reduction in safety. Increasing the number of vehicles for which exemptions may be granted helps promote the development and testing of new, innovative safety features. Exemptions are also critical to the development of self-driving car technology because it allows industry to innovate and collect necessary information and data that will help drive these technologies forward.
In order for a manufacturer to receive an exemption, the manufacturer must demonstrate the vehicle is safe. Under the PAVE Act, NHTSA maintains its ability to recall any exempted vehicle that poses a safety risk.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act, by a unanimous vote.
“We lived through a terrible tragedy in Flint. And yes, there is still more work to be done there. But Flint was a wake-up call for the rest of the country. Whether rural or urban, folks raised their hands and asked the same question: Is our water safe? This bill helps answer that and is a major step forward in modernizing our nation’s drinking water and water infrastructure. I look forward to the full House of Representatives examining this legislation and getting it one step closer to the president’s desk.”
H.R. 3387 would authorize $8 billion over five years for the drinking water revolving loan fund program. It would also expand the eligible uses of Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to cover the costs associated with preconstruction activities and replacing or rehabilitating aging treatment, storage, or distribution facilities. Finally, it would create a strategic plan to have an electronic system that allows water utilities to send their compliance data to states and have states send it to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 3364, the Russia, Iran, and North Korean Sanctions Act by a bipartisan 419 to 3 vote.
“These bipartisan sanctions hit Russia, Iran, and North Korea where it hurts the most: their wallets,” said Upton. “Russia, Iran, and North Korea all pose serious threats to our national security and consistently undermine global stability. In response, we are using all of the political and economic tools at our disposal to hold these bad actors accountable. I would urge the president to sign these new, sweeping sanctions into law immediately.”
H.R. 3364 enshrines existing sanctions against Russia into law, strengthens sanctions in response to cyber-attacks against the U.S. and other democracies and Russian interference in Ukraine, empowers Congress to review any potential sanctions relief, and works to strengthen trans-Atlantic cooperation in countering Russian aggression.
The bill also contains sanctions for those involved in the Iranian regime’s missile program, its efforts to destabilize the Middle East region and threaten Israel, as well as its ongoing human-rights abuses.
In addition, H.R. 3364 expands sanctions to deter North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs, targets those individuals overseas who employ North Korean slave labor, cracks down on North Korean shipping and use of international ports, and requires the administration to determine whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to advance H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017. The legislation was passed by a bipartisan vote of 405 to 0.
“This is a transformational expansion of GI Bill benefits granted to veterans, their surviving spouses, and dependents,” said Upton. “Since 1944 the GI Bill has provided our veterans the opportunity to invest in their futures through access to education benefits. By growing these education and workforce training opportunities we can help ease their transition from active duty to civilian life. I applaud the passage of this legislation and look forward to swift consideration in the U.S. Senate.”
The biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, H.R. 3218 eliminates the expiration date on educational benefits and increases money for thousands of soldiers serving in the National Guard and Reserves. The bill also provides additional funds for military students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. It also provides 100 percent GI Bill eligibility to Post 9/11 Purple Heart recipients.
The bill is supported by nearly 40 veteran’s advocacy groups including the American Legion, the Student Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign War, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Got Your 6.
This vote follows on Upton’s longtime efforts to stand up for our brave veterans, and their families. In June, Upton and the U.S. House of Representatives advanced legislation to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and in February, Upton and the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a package of bipartisan bills to help veterans succeed in the workforce.Read More
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the White House announced its intention to nominate former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of The Netherlands:
“The administration made a wise decision by picking Pete, with his long-established Dutch roots and heritage. He is exceptionally qualified and will make a tremendous ambassador. Pete’s always had a passion for public service and a way of connecting with people that will continue the fruitful relationship we’ve long-enjoyed with The Netherlands.”
“We look forward to seeing him at our annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan – a community where he is deeply loved and respected. I look forward to working with Pete in his new capacity and urge the U.S. Senate to confirm him as soon as they are able.”
In 2016, Upton and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga led a letter, signed by seven other Members of Congress from the Michigan delegation, to the Trump Transition Team urging them to nominate Hoekstra.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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