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117th Congress: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) discusses the historic bipartisan infrastructure law and more on Thursday, Dec. 2 (Video: The Washington Post)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), vice-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, was one of 13 House Republicans to vote for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Upton joins Washington Post Live to discuss the historic investments in the new law, the latest on the Jan. 6 probe and the nation’s fight against COVID-19.

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“You’d think that we ought to be at full employment and why is it that only 210,000 jobs were created… I think we’re all stung by not enough people coming back to the workforce when in fact, people are needed. That’s one of the reasons we have these supply chain issues.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“She was attacked as well. She released some of the tapes of people going after her… I said [to her], ‘I don’t know you all that well… but I just wonder if the same person that went after you publicly… They used the same words against me… I wonder if it’s the same person from South Carolina that went after you.’ So she started laughing and everything and we had a good conversation… But on the seriousness of stuff, I’m really afraid someone’s going to get hurt.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We have maybe two counties that are over 50 percent in terms of getting that second shot let alone where the booster is… It’s like 90% of the folks in the hospital, almost 100 percent on ventilators weren’t vaccinated… But I’ve not been one to mandate a vaccine. I think we have to do a better job of educating folks, specifically now with this new variant that’s out there.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

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Congressman Fred Upton is proud to represent the commonsense values of Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District. A champion for bipartisan solutions, Fred Upton is Vice Chair of the House Problem Solvers Caucus. From 2010 to 2016, Fred was selected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and today, he serves as the top Republican on the Energy Subcommittee. In 2014, along with U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette from Colorado, Fred launched the 21st Century Cures initiative. This bipartisan effort aims to bring researchers, industry, and patients together to speed up the discovery, development, and delivery of life-saving cures. Most recently, Fred and Rep. DeGette introduced their highly anticipated, bipartisan Cures 2.0 legislation to build upon their tremendous success with 21st Century Cures and find treatments to some of the world’s cruelest diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Fred has a reputation of fighting for issues important to folks at home, like protecting our Great Lakes, ensuring safe drinking water, and addressing the opioid epidemic. Fred’s priorities for today remain the same as when he was first elected in 1986 - job creation, economic growth, and working to help all residents of Southwest Michigan live longer, better lives.