Fred Upton

‘I hope you die,’ caller tells Upton in voicemail left after infrastructure vote

BY: - November 9, 2021

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) received a threatening, profanity-laced voicemail after voting in favor of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill Friday, the congressman said Monday on CNN. “I hope you die. I hope everybody in your f—— family dies,” the caller said in the voicemail, which Upton played during his interview with CNN’s Anderson […]

‘Where is the justice for Benton Harbor?’

BY: - November 9, 2021

Softened by the floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows in God’s Household of Faith church in Benton Harbor, Saturday’s afternoon light spread across a sanctuary filled with people wearing “Black Voters Matter” face masks and shirts emblazoned with the words, “clean water is a right.”  In the cavernous space, many spoke of poisoned water and political disenfranchisement […]

U.S. House sends $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

BY: and - November 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House cleared a $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill and took a major step toward passage of a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill late Friday, following months of wrangling between Democrats’ progressive and moderate wings. The votes marked a milestone in the marathon negotiations among members of the House Democratic caucus—and […]

‘LaSata and Wendzel have been AWOL’: Benton Harbor mayor slams GOP over water crisis 

BY: - November 3, 2021

Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad traveled to Lansing last month to ask state lawmakers for the $11.4 million that’s needed to replace his city’s aging pipes that have left about 10,000 residents unable to drink their tap water because of elevated levels of lead. “If we recognize the urgency, then the response should be in […]

House holds Bannon in contempt of Congress

BY: - October 21, 2021

The House voted 229-202 Thursday on a bipartisan resolution holding former President Donald Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena about his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The report will be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice for prosecution. BREAKING: The […]

Trump endorses 2 Michigan Republicans for 2022

BY: - September 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump, who appears to be prepping to run in 2024, was busy this week with politics in Michigan, which is expected to again be a battleground state. Trump endorsed two Michigan Republicans for 2022: State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) and Kristina Karamo, who have both aligned themselves with Trump’s base and […]


Column: Meijer and Upton did the right thing. Now they must do it again.

BY: and - September 7, 2021

In the last days of June, Congress quietly took perhaps its most consequential climate vote in history. A bipartisan majority voted to reverse a Trump-era rule weakening methane emissions and put back in place the more stringent guidelines established under former President Obama. Only 12 House Republicans voted for the measure. U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer […]

Why aren’t Dems targeting any Michigan U.S. reps. in 2022?

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has announced 22 Republican-held or open seats the party is trying to flip — but none are in Michigan.  Ken Kollman, a University of Michigan political science professor, said the DCCC’s decision could be because recent history shows the party likely will lose […]

U.S. House passes Dingell bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton […]

Michigan reps. say U.S. House will vote next week on expanding PFAS regulation

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water — including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is currently in the process […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat and Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican, was approved 33-20 […]