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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+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Donnelly, Young Rank Among Most Bipartisan Senators; Opioids and Career Technical Education Recent Policy Focus

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. [...]

2018-04-27T13:22:25+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Opioid Recovery, Coal Tax Credit and More

• On Tuesday, Sen. Todd Young joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, to introduce the Jobs Plus Recovery Act to incorporate job training into drug addiction recovery programs. The bipartisan legislation would establish a pilot program that gives individuals impacted by opioid addiction or [...]

2018-04-13T12:47:31+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Donnelly-Led Banking Reform Package Nearing Crucial Vote in Senate

The bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act is now expected to have a final vote in the U.S. Senate next week. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has been instrumental in getting the measure to this point – introducing it along with several colleagues, crafting provisions and working to garner support. The legislative package has received positive comments [...]

2018-03-09T11:18:32+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on Donnelly-Led Banking Reform Package Being Voted on This Week

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on the bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which is expected to have a final vote in the U.S. Senate this week. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has been instrumental in getting the measure to this point – crafting provisions and working to garner support. Brinegar [...]

2018-03-06T12:06:22+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Young Launches ‘Fair Shot Agenda’; Entire Delegation Supports Cyber Battalion in Indy

- On Tuesday, Senator Todd Young unveiled his Fair Shot Agenda – a new statewide initiative that aims to ensure every Hoosier has a fair shot at success. “Every Hoosier deserves a fair shot to succeed – regardless of their age, where they go to school or what challenges they face,” said Young. The Fair Shot Agenda focuses on [...]

2018-02-23T13:40:37+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Trump Administration Delays Burdensome WOTUS Rule; Donnelly Approves

This week, the Trump administration formally suspended the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule for two more years, which will be well after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to have its replacement ready to go. WOTUS would have given the EPA greater jurisdiction, leading to small waterways like wetlands and ponds being subject to federal rule. This [...]

2018-02-02T13:05:11+00:00 February 2nd, 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+00:00 January 12th, 2018|

Young Introduces Measure on AI Technology; Messer’s Reverse Transfer Concept Amended Into Reauthorization Bill

- Senator Todd Young, along with Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and Reps. John Delaney (D-MD) and Pete Olson (R-TX), introduced first-of-its-kind legislation that would promote an enabling environment for the continued development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Act of 2017 – or FUTURE of AI Act – [...]

2017-12-20T12:32:20+00:00 December 20th, 2017|