Upton ‘runs with the herd’

Published 12:14 pm Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dear editor:

Fred Upton has been in office 24 years. He has been a politician or political appointee his entire adult life. He is one of the richest people in Congress. During his time in office he has sponsored only four bills that have been made into law. Fred brags that he never misses a vote. True, he votes yes on commendations, honorariums and condolences. However, he has voted no on passage of every piece of major legislation for the past two years, including every appropriations bill. Upton’s no votes 2010 and 2009 include:

Small Business Lending Act

Rural Energy Savings Act

Amend IRS Code to Eliminate Loopholes Encouraging Companies To Move Offshore

Unemployment Compensation Extension Act

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

DISCLOSE Act re Elections Spending

Investigating Underground Coal Mining Safety

Home Energy Retrofit Rebate Program

Impose Additional Tax on Bonuses Received from Certain TARP Recipients

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act

Solar Technology Roadmap Act

Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act

Pay As You Go

American Clean Energy and Security Act

Mortgage Reform and Anti Predatory Lending Act

Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Preventing Harmful Restraints and Seclusion in Schools

Restore Federal Anti Trust Laws to the Business of Health Insurance

Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

Prohibit the Importation of Low Level Radioactive Waste into the US

Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act

Prevent Mortgage Foreclosure and Enhance Mortgage Credit Availability

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

For a more complete list of no votes with bill numbers and dates go to FedUpton.com. Fred Upton has not served the 6th District well. He is a partisan who runs with the herd, voting against our best interests time and time again.

We need a representative who cares for the individual and votes for the well-being of this country. One who can see beyond his next election. Time for a change. Vote Don Cooney for Congress.

Cathy LaPointe