MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's congressional delegation will travel to Illinois this summer to see a crucial choke point in a waterway between an Asian carp-infested river and Lake...
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley is launching a campaign to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan.
Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as ‘a world-class doer’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" and "a world-class doer" as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House.
Public visitation to be held for longtime Rep. John Dingell
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A public visitation will be held in Michigan to honor John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, who died last week at age 92.
The visitation will be Monday at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in his hometown of Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. A funeral will be held Tuesday at a local church.
Dingell, Upton: Give jobless benefits to federal workers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democrat and Republican in Michigan's congressional delegation are proposing legislation to let states provide unemployment benefits to federal employees working without pay during the partial government shutdown.
Those workers currently cannot collect the benefits, under guidance to states from the U.S. Labor Department. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton introduced the bill Wednesday.
Michigan lawmakers seek new designation for water pollutants
DETROIT (AP) — Three members of Congress from Michigan want to make federal funds more readily available to clean up public water supplies contaminated with a group of toxic chemicals.
The lawmakers have introduced a bill that would classify the substances known as PFAS as hazardous substances under the federal Superfund law.
Correction: Congress-EPA-Hazardous Substances story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about lawmakers pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to act faster to bring more of the country's most hazardous industrial compounds under regulation, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Rep. Fred Upton as Rep. Tom Upton.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Congress wants EPA to more quickly regulate unsafe chemicals
Washington — Most of Michigan's House delegation signed onto a bipartisan resolution this week opposing the administration's detention of Iraqi Chaldeans and urging President Donald Trump to use his "executive authority and discretion" to defer the deportation of U.S. residents.
Washington — Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday he didn't know anything about his website's rejectio of an ad from a Michigan political candidate, suggesting the social-media platform may have made a "mistake."
Michigan U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Debbie Dingell will co-chair a bipartisan congressional working group in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and school staff.
They were named co-chairs by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus is composed of 24 members each from the Republican and Democratic parties who work together on key issues.
Washington — Michigan State University interim President John Engler met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with members of Michigan's congressional delegation, who pressed him on the university's response to victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Engler gave the 11 lawmakers an update on the changes that the university has put into motion at MSU, as well as an overview of investigations and litigation the university is facing as a result of Nassar's sex crimes, according to two people in the meeting.
The angry cry to "Do Something!" in response to the Valentine's Day school massacre in Florida is ringing across the country.
But do what? Everyone seems to have an idea, a lot of them based on misinformation and misplaced expectations. But what we're mostly doing is dividing into partisan camps and hurling accusations at each other.
Bill would boost efforts to find opioid alternatives
Washington — A bipartisan bill in the U.S. House introduced Thursday by a pair of Michigan lawmakers aims to spur research at the National Institutes of Health that could develop a painkiller that isn't addictive.
Washington — Six Michigan House Republican lawmakers were on an Amtrak train that collided with a garbage truck Wednesday while they were en route to a Republican retreat.
Two Amtrak crew members and three passengers were transported to a local hospital, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said. There is one confirmed fatality and one serious injury, according to a U.S. Department of Department statement.
President Donald Trump dimmed the chances of a bipartisan deal on immigration reform when he reportedly bashed Haiti and African countries last week, Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Tuesday, calling the president's comments "embarrassing" and "uncalled for."
"It's a setback," Upton said Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
In the crowded Democratic primary in southwest Michigan, George Franklin stands out as the candidate who has given more than $10,000 in donations over the last decade to his would-be Republican opponent, Rep. Fred Upton.
A history of contributions to both Republican and Democratic campaigns isn't unusual for a one-time lobbyist, and Franklin was vice president of worldwide government relations at Kellogg's until 2005, when he retired to start his own public affairs firm.
Lansing — Michigan Congressman Fred Upton said Friday he will not run for U.S. Senate and will instead seek re-election to his current post, ending speculation the St. Joseph Republican would challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow next year.
"I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate," Upton said in a statement. "There was a path, but today we are choosing not to follow it."
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton declines to run for Senate in 2018
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.
Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years. He said Friday there was "a path" to running, but he has chosen "not to follow it."
He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying "we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever."
Former Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and his longtime supermodel girlfriend Kate Upton were married Saturday at an old church at the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco Resort in Italy, web site TMZ reported.
Just three days earlier Verlander had won his first World Series title with the Houston Astros, who had acquired Verlander in a trade with the Tigers.
Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. Her uncle is Fred Upton, who has served a a U.S. congressman from Michigan for 30 years.
Washington — The two declared Republican U.S. Senate challengers in Michigan reported relatively weak fundraising totals last quarter, placing longtime Rep. Fred Upton well ahead in the money race should he enter the field.
Businessman John James of Farmington Hills brought in nearly two times as much money as retired Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr. of Laingsburg for the period ending Sept. 30, reporting about $309,150 in receipts to Young's $156,000.
When U.S. Rep. Fred Upton was at the Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island a few weeks ago, he was sending all the signals that he would soon be getting in the U.S. Senate race to unseat longtime Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
According to several GOP insiders, it wasn't a matter of whether Upton would run, but when he would announce.
Stabenow has $6.9M for re-election bid after raising $1.7M
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow reports having $6.9 million for her re-election campaign after raising $1.7 million in the most recent reporting period.
The third-term Democrat released a summary page of her quarterly campaign-finance report Monday.
Stabenow is among 10 Senate Democrats running in states won by President Donald Trump. At this stage in her last re-election campaign, she had about $5 million cash on hand.
Lobbyist with longtime ties to Kellogg seeks House seat
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A lobbyist who formerly worked at Kellogg Co. says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in southwestern Michigan.
George Franklin wants the job now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton. He says he wants to "to keep making a difference and improving lives" in the 6th District.
Franklin was vice president of government relations at Kellogg until 2005 when he started his own public affairs shop. His website says Kellogg is a client.
Upton considers Senate run as GOP seeks Stabenow challenger
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A two-man field of Republicans jockeying to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018 could soon double in size.
Epstein likely to leave Senate race, run for House instead
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lena Epstein said Thursday she is leaning toward instead running for a suburban Detroit House seat opening due to a retirement, a move that is to be finalized in the next few days.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.
Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Republican moderate who had announced his opposition to the party's health care bill said Tuesday he's crafting an amendment with the backing of GOP leaders that could gain crucial support for the languishing measure.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts in Congress to pass spending legislation and a health care bill (all times local):
An influential Republican moderate who'd announced his opposition to the GOP health care bill says he's working with party leaders on an amendment that could pick up crucial votes for the stalled measure.
Democrat U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga agree that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) needs to restudy factors involved with a potential six-month closure of the 49-year-old Poe Lock while a new navigation lock is built at the Sault Ste. Marie Locks complex in Michigan.
Stabenow is the co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force and Huizenga is co-chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force.
Snyder names ex-Rep. Pscholka as next state budget director
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen a former top state lawmaker to be Michigan's next budget director.
Al Pscholka chaired the House Appropriations Committee in 2015 and 2016 but left office under term limits. He will take over the budget office in mid-February when John Roberts leaves for a job with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Pscholka, a Republican from Stevensville in southwestern Michigan, will be Snyder's third budget director.
House to vote on bill aimed at speeding approval of drugs
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House plans to vote Wednesday on a $6.3 billion bill aimed at speeding federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boosting biomedical research.
Michigan Republicans Calley, Upton call on Trump to drop out
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton have called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race after his vulgar 2005 comments about women.
Calley is the first Michigan Republican leader Saturday to renounce support for Trump, The Detroit News reported (http://detne.ws/2dCBMJn ).
Calley says in a statement: "The latest revelations about Donald Trump and his past make it impossible for me to maintain support of him."
GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday called for an independent review of allegations that the National Football League sought to improperly influence a government study into the link between football and brain disease.
In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general, GOP leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee said that a thorough assessment is needed to ensure the integrity of the process for awarding research grants.
Washington — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has made "strides" in reducing the amount of toxic algae that ends up in the nation's drinking water.
In response to an inquiry from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais said in a letter stamped July 20 that his agency "has made strides to address these challenges through many of the activities identified in the Strategic Plan," which was developed to address the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a compromise package bolstering federal steps against illicit drugs on Friday, as lawmakers of both parties flocked to cast an election-year vote to stem the nation's surge of deaths among drug abusers.
The legislation was approved 407-5, underscoring the broad support it has attracted to combat a problem that claims victims across racial, economic and geographic lines.