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U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton Discuss Bipartisan Efforts at Detroit Economic Club

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12) and Fred Upton (R-MI 6) discussed the Problem Solvers Caucus, the Great Lakes, safety in schools, and more at the Detroit Economic Club on Oct. 2 to an audience of Michigan business and education leaders, with WXYZ-TV Channel 7’s Chuck Stokes as moderator.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah introduced the legislators, noting the significance of a Democrat and a Republican coming together civilly to discuss how the parties are working together.

“Today we’re going to witness a seemingly unnatural act in today’s political environment,” said Baruah. “We’re going to see a Democrat and a Republican be shockingly civil to each other and show how they continually work together.”

Rep. Upton spoke about the pair’s participation in the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan member-driven House caucus established 2017 that aims to create 25 million jobs, secure social security and Medicare, and make America energy secure.

“There are several issues we can take credit for together,” said Upton on the Caucus. “We had this awful thing called the government shutdown for 35 days. Our group was the glue to bring things back together.”

In response to Stokes’ inquiry into whether the Great Lakes will be protected in the foreseeable future, Rep. Dingell described bipartisan initiatives like the Great Lakes Coalition that aims to preserve the coastal zone environment and monitor water levels. Both Dingell and Upton work with Republicans and Democrats across Great Lakes states to manage factors affecting the environment such as dams and invasive species.

“When it comes to the Great Lakes, we all work together. We’re more than 20 percent of the fresh water in the world,” said Dingell. “There are a lot of things we’ve got to do to protect these waters.”