U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said Sunday that he believed Republicans would flip the Democrat-controlled House in the fall midterm elections, but the party may experience “troubled waters” if the majority it gains is a slim one. 

Upton, Michigan’s most senior lawmaker in Congress, spoke during an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ weeks after he announced his plans to retire at the end of his current term instead of running in the newly redrawn 4th District against U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga of Holland who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Upton was first elected to office in 1986.

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton

A Republican majority after the November elections may be slightly higher than the Democratic Party’s current margin in the House, Upton said, but it likely would not be a “wild swing” in the GOP’s favor. 

Bipartisan cooperation, such as in the House’s Problem Solvers Caucus of which Upton is a vice chair, will then be “so important” as the next Congress deals with issues such as immigration, energy, inflation and the debt ceiling. 

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