In its newest Bipartisan Index, the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University recognized Indiana’s two senators for their willingness to reach across the aisle. Senator Joe Donnelly ranks as the fourth most bipartisan senator, and the most bipartisan Democrat, while Sen. Todd Young comes in ninth. The full Senate rankings are available here.

Donnelly’s approach of working with Republican and Democratic colleagues has led to 18 of his measures being signed into law since President Trump was inaugurated and 40 measures signed into law since joining the Senate in 2013.

Just last week, Donnelly and Young introduced a pair of bipartisan bills that aim to help bring non-opioid or non-addictive pain treatments to patients more quickly. Then at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Tuesday, Donnelly received a commitment from Secretary Sonny Perdue for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue its work on opioid addiction prevention and treatment efforts in rural communities

Meanwhile, Young recently spoke at a briefing hosted by the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus focused on the benefits of CTE for veterans. Young, a co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, highlighted how veterans transitioning into the workforce face many challenges, especially with applying the skills learned in military service to civilian jobs. CTE education offers veterans a chance to capitalize on their skills by obtaining a credential, whether that be a certificate, associate degree or other type of degree.

The briefing followed Young’s recent Fair Shot Agenda roundtable in Hammond, where he focused on the importance of CTE.

Resource: Caryl Auslander at (317) 264-6880 or email: [email protected]