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Indiana Chamber’s D.C. Fly-in to Talk Trade, Energy, Transportation and More With Federal Officials and Delegation Members

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-in event on October 9-10 will focus on policy issues impacting Hoosier businesses and is highlighted by federal agency briefings, in addition to office visits with our state’s congressional delegation. The annual marquee gathering traditionally draws businesses and community leaders from all over Indiana to travel to Washington, D.C. The first [...]

2019-09-13T09:52:22-04:00September 13th, 2019|

Federal Affairs: A Trio of Acts on Our Radar; Tariff Situation Far From Over

The Indiana Chamber has signed onto a coalition letter regarding provisions in S. 1790 and H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, addressing the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The letter recommends that any congressional action enable the appropriate agencies to carry out the risk-based approach established in existing U.S. environmental law and [...]

2019-09-06T14:29:12-04:00September 6th, 2019|

Ohio Raises Smoking Age; Update on Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor [...]

2019-07-19T14:41:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Chamber-Backed Cadillac Tax Repeal Gains Momentum, But Medical Device Tax Relief Stalls

The Indiana Chamber previously signed on to a stakeholder letter to Congress urging repeal of the “Cadillac Tax.” On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R.748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, which repeals the 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans). [...]

2019-07-19T14:35:17-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Tariff Threat With Mexico Abates, But China Situation Remains Concerning

Over the last month, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has gone public with concerns over tariff hikes with China and Mexico, cautioning they could lead to devastating effects for the Hoosier business community.  We have been in communication with Indiana’s congressional delegation and the Trump administration. The Chamber is pleased our federal representatives and senators appear united against the [...]

2019-06-14T14:44:28-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Comments on Congresswoman Brooks’ Retirement; Listen to Audio From Her on the Pace of Washington

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar on the decision of Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th District) not to seek-re-election to a fifth term: “Susan Brooks took her vast public and private sector experience to Washington and passionately represented her constituents and all Hoosiers. The Indiana Chamber recognized her tremendous start in Congress in 2014 by naming her [...]

2019-06-14T11:57:31-04:00June 14th, 2019|

When a Statesman Passes Away: Remembering Sen. Richard Lugar

 It’s rare in these politically divided times to find something upon which everyone agrees. So, it seems fitting that in death, former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s impact is felt the way it was during his life: as a testament to working in cooperation with others, particularly with those across the aisle. Statements poured in from around the country yesterday, [...]

2019-04-29T13:09:23-04:00April 29th, 2019|

Most Incumbents Survive in General Assembly; Braun Pulls Off Big Senate Win

Indiana didn’t see a blue wave like other parts of the country, but there was enough upheaval and uncertainty that a few state Republican incumbents found themselves on the short end of the vote tally. Indiana’s U.S. Senate battle proved to be not much of a tossup, with the outcome decided earlier than expected. STATE: Near Status Quo The [...]

2018-11-07T11:29:53-04:00November 7th, 2018|

Fly-in Brings Voice of Business to D.C.; Highlights Include McConnell and Trade/Tariff Talk

The Indiana Chamber’s annual trip to Washington D.C. coincided with all eyes on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving the Supreme Court nominee. On Wednesday night at the dinner portion of the event, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky touched on the duty of the Senate related to judicial nominees and the rarity of the current Republican control [...]

2018-09-28T15:16:58-04:00September 28th, 2018|

Canadian Deputy Ambassador to Speak at Chamber’s D.C. Fly-in, Sept. 27

Kirsten Hillman, deputy ambassador in Canada’s Embassy to the United States of America, will greet Hoosier business leaders for breakfast on the second day of the Indiana Chamber’s annual D.C. Fly-in, on September 27. Hillman is based in Washington D.C. and prior to joining the Embassy in 2017, she was assistant deputy minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations [...]

2018-09-18T10:49:30-04:00September 18th, 2018|