Fred Upton

How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce learned to love House Democrats

BY: - October 16, 2020

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives two years ago by winning competitive districts like the Southeast Michigan seat now represented by U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens and the Nevada seat now held by U.S. Rep. Susie Lee. Now Stevens and Lee are among nearly two dozen House Democrats to benefit in their reelection […]

Bergman wins ‘Trumpiest’ Michigan lawmaker in Axios rating

BY: - October 15, 2020

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) was elected in 2016 when now-President Donald Trump won Michigan. And now Bergman has the highest loyalty rating for Trump of Michigan’s GOP congressional members in an index developed by national political outlet Axios. The “Trump Loyalty Index” for Republicans in Congress measures both voting loyalty, based on FiveThirtyEight data, and […]

West Michigan has been a key GOP stronghold. That’s now being tested by two congressional races.

BY: - October 15, 2020

The 3rd and 6th congressional districts in West Michigan are, in some ways, a study in contrasts: They are a world of dense urban neighborhoods and cornfields that fill the horizon, of cars donning “Resist” and “Make America Great Again” bumper stickers, of Republican and Democratic (and occasional Libertarian and Green) political signs dotting yards […]

U.S. House passes new pandemic relief bill, but talks lag on a bipartisan deal

BY: - October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer. But the package, passed on a 214-207 vote, with 18 Democrats splitting from […]

U.S. House OKs measure condemning anti-Asian bigotry on largely party lines

BY: - September 18, 2020

The U.S. House passed a measure Thursday condemning COVID-19-related anti-Asian bigotry and discrimination, with the Michigan delegation voting mostly on party lines. The non-binding resolution passed on a 243-164 vote. The Democratic caucus was joined by 14 Republicans in supporting the measure. “Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have been forced to […]

USDA extends free student meal programs through end of 2020 

BY: - September 1, 2020

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday granted requests from federal lawmakers for extensions on free meal programs for schoolchildren. After his department received numerous requests for flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, no-cost summer meal programs have been extended through the fall, per Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who called the situation “unprecedented.”  “This extension […]

House passes bill upping post office funding by $25B, blocking service changes

BY: and - August 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House convened a rare weekend session Saturday in an attempt to stop the U.S. Postal Service from allegedly disrupting mail service to sabotage the November elections. The Democratic-led chamber passed a bill 257-150 that would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots and bar it from […]

Peters lays into postmaster general over 1000s of complaints

BY: - August 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy mounted a strong defense of his record Friday during a high-profile U.S. Senate hearing on recent postal delays, calling claims that the President Trump administration is trying to sabotage the elections by deliberately disrupting mail service “outrageous.” DeJoy acknowledged delays during the pandemic, but said the agency is fully […]

Republican calls for postal office funding 

BY: - August 21, 2020

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) pledged to support United States Postal Service (USPS) funding ahead during a rare Saturday vote. The House session has been called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  “I don’t know what amendments are going to be there,” he told workers at a Kalamazoo-area post office on Thursday. “I’m going back […]

Updated congressional results: Hoadley squeaks by; Tlaib, Meijer score big

BY: - August 5, 2020

Updated, 8:24 a.m., 8/6/20 with winner in the 8th District Votes were still being counted in congressional primaries last night, given the influx of absentee ballots. But now we have a clearer picture on races on both the Democratic and GOP sides of the aisle. Here are some key races the Advance is tracking: 13th […]

Vulnerable Dem incumbents look toward November with big money leads

BY: and - July 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Michigan’s most vulnerable members of the U.S. House are stockpiling cash in preparation for heated battles for reelection this fall. In the meantime, Republicans vying for the right to take them on lag far behind in the money race as they wage contested battles for their party’s upcoming Aug. 4 primary — and […]

Dingell ’emotional’ as House passes bipartisan public lands bill, next stop Trump’s desk

BY: and - July 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]