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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+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

New Federal Tax Plan: Meaningful, Yes. Comprehensive Reform, … ?

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) has finally arrived! The long-awaited details – over 400 pages worth – are now out there for all to debate. This is a debate that will play out before the House Republican Ways and Means Committee next week. Much of the public discourse will focus on how it impacts individuals, but [...]

2017-11-03T13:39:35+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Budget Passes; Tax Reform Up Next – Setting the Stage

Good news coming out of Washington, D.C., this week: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution by a vote of 216-212. As expected, Indiana Republicans supported the effort, while our two Democrat members voted in opposition. The passage of the budget is fantastic news on its own; however, it also serves as the last procedural hurdle that [...]

2017-10-27T14:06:13+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

Around the Horn – News Briefs From the Indiana Delegation

- Senator Todd Young has joined Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in an effort to simplify the complex enrollment process for the growing number of Americans aging into Medicare. The duo introduced the bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act. The BENES Act, which is supported by nearly 70 organizations that represent older Americans, people with disabilities, insurers [...]

2017-10-20T14:18:19+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Donnelly Pushes Dodd-Frank Reforms; Walorski Testifies on Opioid Crisis; and More Federal Briefs

Indiana’s Joe Donnelly was among the Democrat senators on the Senate Banking Committee pushing the chairman for bipartisan regulatory relief to end Obama-era financial regulations. The group asked chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to “reach an agreement on a regulatory reform package that can come before the committee” – and by the end of the year. The Democrats are backing a [...]

2017-10-13T11:46:54+00:00 October 13th, 2017|