Cole on Congress with guest Rep. Fred Upton
June 29, 2017
Cole On Congress
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently filmed an episode of his television and web show, Cole on Congress for June 2017. This month’s program featured an interview with Congressman Fred Upton, who represents the Sixth District of Michigan. A veteran of President Ronald Reagan’s administration, Congressman Upton has been serving in Congress since 1986. He has also served as the Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2010-2016.
During his tenure as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Upton led the charge on passing the 21st Century Cures legislation into law. This legislation targets innovation in medical research and pharmaceutical development. Asked why 21st Century Cures was successful, Upton responded:
“We did something that often Congress is accused of not doing – and it’s listening.”
21st Century Cures will provide substantial funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research and innovation. Upton was supportive of finding ways to provide for that funding:
“For me, when we raise spending, we need to find an offset so we don’t increase the deficit, and we did…in essence we can take credit for increasing the NIH over a ten year span of $45 billion.”
As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Upton oversaw shaping an innovative energy policy for the U.S.:
“I’m an all of the above guy. That’s renewables, that’s safe nuclear, that’s coal. But we have made remarkable changes over the last couple of years.”
“We are now creating the jobs here. And we are able to export. And we are able to trade the different levels of oil, from light crude to heavy…we’re so much better off, let alone, as a national security issue, we can look out for ourselves and not have to be dependent upon somebody overseas.”
To watch the full show of Congressman Cole’s conversation with Congressman Upton, please click here.