Fred Upton

Upton proposes bipartisan bill to change the Electoral Count Act

BY: - September 16, 2022

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) joined U.S. Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) in proposing bipartisan change to the Electoral Count Act. According to a statement, the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, or House Resolution 8846, would update ambiguous provisions in the 19th century law with clear procedures, and by outlining […]

U.S. House passes bill guaranteeing contraception access, with eight GOP votes

BY: - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted mostly along party lines Thursday to send the Senate legislation that would guarantee people the right to use contraception without government interference. The legislation from North Carolina Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning, approved 228-195, is part of the Democrats’ response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional […]

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

BY: - July 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House voted Tuesday to enshrine the right to same-sex and interracial marriages in federal law, though the bill’s path forward in the Senate is unclear. The 267-157 bipartisan vote stemmed from concerns that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the constitutional right to […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

BY: - May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee on Thursday. Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers […]

Rep. Upton warns death threats will make recruiting candidates difficult

BY: - April 18, 2022

Retiring U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) said Sunday that death threats against officials like him will make it increasingly difficult to recruit quality candidates for public office. “It’s going to be a detriment to getting good people to run. It really will be. I’ve got a school board member that lives on my street, […]

Fred Upton

Upton announces he’ll retire from the U.S. House after nearly 36 years

BY: - April 5, 2022

Updated, 12:26 p.m., 4/5/22 U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term, avoiding a GOP primary in a new district with fellow U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. “Even the best of stories has […]

Congress hates changing the clocks just like everyone else

BY: - March 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats in Congress can agree on sleep, or more precisely, the inconvenience of losing or gaining an hour of it each year thanks to going on and off daylight saving time. “I believe that any justifications for springing forward and falling back are either outdated or are outweighed by the serious […]

Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia

BY: , and - February 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region. Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is […]

Upton begins airing ad in new district, possibly setting up primary with Huizenga, Carra

BY: - February 23, 2022

The campaign of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) began airing TV ads in Michigan’s new 4th Congressional District on Wednesday, signaling that he may be leaning towards running for reelection in the 2022 midterms. Should he decide to run in the new Southwest Michigan district, it would set up a primary with U.S. Rep. […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

BY: - January 20, 2022

New federal powers are needed to prevent major energy disruptions like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline that left the East Coast short of gas at the pumps for days, the chairman of the federal commission overseeing energy and some U.S. House Democrats said Wednesday. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee discussed a proposal by […]

Upton says background checks and anonymous reporting can curb gun violence after Oxford

BY: - December 9, 2021

The day before 17 people died in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was visiting Portage Central High School while it held a live shooter drill. “That never happened when I was a student,” Upton said during a phone interview with the Advance Monday afternoon. “It […]

Rep. Upton wanted to secure funding for Michigan roads. Then came the death threats.

BY: - December 8, 2021

There was never a question that U.S. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) was going to vote for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  The $1.2 trillion legislation, which Democratic President Joe Biden signed into law last month, sends billions of dollars to Michigan to repair crumbling roads, expand internet access, invest in ports, clean up […]