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Chamber Congratulates Rep. Fred Upton on Bipartisanship Award

Michigan Congressman Fred Upton was awarded the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, along with 22 other members of the House of Representatives and ten Senators by the U.S. Chamber.

Rep. Upton serves Southwest Michigan’s Sixth Congressional district. Congressman Upton’s work on energy issues and protecting the Great Lakes have earned him a strong local and national reputation. As an active member of the Great Lakes Task Force, the congressman has an extensive, bipartisan record working to protect our Great Lakes. A leader on keeping BP from dumping pollutants into Lake Michigan, Rep Upton has also been a long-time leader in preventing Asian Carp and other invasive species from entering our waterways, and working on bipartisan legislation to keep harmful pollutants like synthetic plastic microbeads from getting into Lake Michigan.

The new Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship recognizes those members of Congress, who in their actions, have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.

This award is based on the number of bills –except those formally opposed by the Chamber– a member cosponsors introduced by a Member of the opposite party. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top-ranked in both parties earning 100%. This prestigious recognition is presented to the top Senators and Representatives from both parties.

“These awards recognize members of Congress who demonstrated a commitment to
advancing bipartisan solutions that address our nation’s problems and move our economy forward,”
said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark. “In a time of intense polarization and
gridlock [Insert member or senator]’s record of working across the aisle is to be commended.”

The Detroit Regional Chamber is proud to work with Rep. Upton and congratulates him on this well-deserved honor.