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

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses our Fly-in audience as Sen. Todd Young awaits his time at the podium. The Indiana Chamber’s annual trip to Washington coincided with all eyes on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving the Supreme Court nominee. On Wednesday night at the dinner portion of our event, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [...]

2018-09-28T13:36:18+00:00September 28th, 2018|

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Featured Speaker at Chamber’s D.C. Fly-in

One of the Indiana Chamber’s annual marquee policy events is the D.C. Fly-in on September 26-27. The gathering traditionally draws 100 business and community leaders from throughout the state to travel to Washington, D.C. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will be the featured speaker at the dinner on day one. [...]

2018-08-27T12:55:41+00:00August 27th, 2018|

Banks Named Technology Modernization Subcommittee Chairman; Hollingsworth Bills Pass in JOBS and Investor Confidence Act; Young Leading Bipartisan Effort on Retirement Security

- Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) was recently named chairman of the newly established Subcommittee on Technology Modernization. The subcommittee will provide oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) electronic health records transition and other enterprise technology modernization projects. “I am honored (House Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Chairman Phil Roe has entrusted me with leading the subcommittee and I look [...]

2018-07-20T14:33:45+00:00July 20th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Tariff Improvements a Priority for Walorski, Bucshon

Two Indiana representatives have been working to improve the product exclusion process for steel and aluminum tariffs to reduce burdens on manufacturers and other small businesses. This is in reaction to the President’s decision earlier this year to impose greater tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-02) this week led efforts [...]

2018-05-11T13:23:13+00:00May 11th, 2018|

Federal Relations: News Briefs From Indiana’s Delegation

- Representative Jim Banks (IN-3) has been pushing for Congress to permanently repeal the harmful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Put in place by the Obama administration, the rule is on a list of regulations the Indiana Chamber has been actively engaging in to repeal or modify. The Congressman recently wrote an op-ed in the Fort Wayne [...]

2018-05-11T13:02:13+00:00May 11th, 2018|

Federal Relations: News Briefs From Indiana’s Delegation

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 [...]

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

Donnelly and Young Join Forces; DACA Moves Back Into Spotlight

- Former Eli Lilly executive Alex Azar received a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee this week as President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Procedurally, the President had to re-nominate him in 2018. Since Azar was confirmed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee fairly easily, we do not anticipate any issues [...]

2018-01-12T14:25:32+00:00January 12th, 2018|

More Hoosiers in Trump Administration; Other Delegation Briefs

Another Hoosier is headed to Washington, D.C. to work in the Trump administration. This week, President Trump announced his pick for Secretary for Health and Human Services: Alex Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive. A lawyer by trade, Azar has spent the past 10 years focusing his time on government health care regulation.The most recent secretaries of this agency [...]

2017-11-17T14:20:11+00:00November 17th, 2017|

Around the Horn in Washington

- President Trump last week declared opioid addiction as a public health emergency. This is different terminology than a national emergency, which would allow for federal funding towards the epidemic. The Indiana Chamber is engaged in helping fight this scourge at the state and federal levels and will keep membership engaged on this issue. Governor Eric Holcomb responded, “I [...]

2017-11-03T13:20:19+00:00November 3rd, 2017|

Medical Device Tax Repeal, RV Industry Legislation and Amazon Headquarters

- House Republican lawmakers, under the leadership of Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), have signed a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asking for continued suspension or outright repeal of the medical device tax. This letter has bipartisan support with over 179 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signing on. As background, in 2013 the 2.3% medical [...]

2017-11-03T13:14:33+00:00November 3rd, 2017|