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Federal Relations: News Briefs From Indiana’s Delegation

2018-04-27T14:18:52+00:00April 27th, 2018|

  • The House has passed IRS reforms, including a measure Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced to strengthen IRS accountability for modernizing its information technology (IT) systems.“The first priority of the IRS should be serving taxpayers, but it can’t do that with decades-old technology and a broken process. Repeated failures, delays and cost overruns have opened up a trust gap between the IRS and the American people,” Walorski noted. “This bipartisan legislation is a big step toward bringing the IRS into the 21st century, restoring a culture of accountability and putting taxpayers first.”
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ draft release FY 2019 rule requiring hospitals to publish a list of their standard charges drew praise from Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08).“As a physician focused on bringing down the cost of health care for Hoosiers, I am pleased to see the Trump administration has taken a small step forward in promoting greater health care price transparency. Not only are deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for health care continuing to rise at an alarming rate, but so is the overall cost of health care. The only way we are ultimately going to address the high cost of health care – while still providing high-quality, patient-centered care – is to promote greater market competition by empowering patients to shop around to find quality care at a price they can afford.”
  • Senator Joe Donnelly was one of six Democrats who voted to confirm outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State. Thursday’s final tally was 57-42 in favor, with all Republicans who were present – Todd Young included – voting yes. The other positive nod came from Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats.
  • Last week, Congressman Pete Visclosky (IN-01) testified before the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program. The initiative supports transit projects across our country, including the expansion and recapitalization of the South Shore Rail Line in Northwest Indiana.
  • Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) recently urged his colleagues to make the individual tax cuts included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent. Banks also announced his support for H.R. 4886, the Permanent Tax Cuts for Americans Act.
  • In an op-ed (published in the Northwest Indiana Times, Sen. Young shares tax reform success stories from Hoosiers across Indiana.“Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law last December, success stories have poured into my office from Indiana businesses that are paying their workers more and from constituents who are earning more,” Young says.
  • On Tuesday, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues hosted a hearing on sexual harassment in male-dominated industries such as manufacturing and construction. Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05) co-chaired the gathering, which featured survivors of sexual harassment as well as other experts on the issue, with the goal being to discuss ways to change the culture in the workplace. This is the second hearing in a series; the first hearing focused on sexual harassment in the service sector.
  • Senator Donnelly, Congressman Bucshon (IN-08) and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) have been honored by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) for leadership as an Innovator in Biotechnology for their legislative efforts.The biotech and life science industry is an integral part of the U.S economy – creating high-skill, high-wage jobs that are innovating in the health, energy, agriculture and environmental industries. In Indiana, the biotechnology industry supports 58,018 jobs across 1,730 companies and has a $78 billion economic impact on the Hoosier economy.

Resource: Caryl Auslander at (317) 264-6880 or email: causlander@indianachamber.com