Upton was among 12 lawmakers on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that failed to reach agreement by Wednesday’s deadline.
WSJM-AM reported 30-40 people from Occupy Southwest Michigan demonstrated Wednesday in St. Joseph, Upton’s hometown. The protesters say they oppose America’s growing income inequality and Upton’s economic policies.
Leo Javonovic said Upton is “part of the gridlock” in Washington and a defender of the interests of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
In an opinion article in the Kalamazoo Gazette, Upton said good ideas for fundamental change emerged from the committee. He said they could bear fruit down the road.