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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|

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|

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|

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|

Donnelly Part of Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Agreement for Banks

Senator Joe Donnelly has crafted and reached a bipartisan agreement to reduce regulatory burdens on community banks and credit unions while providing additional protection for consumers. Donnelly, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, stated, "This bipartisan regulatory relief package is an example of what we can achieve when we work together, and the result of good-faith negotiations with [...]

2017-11-17T14:09:06+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

Young: Crane Will Increase in Importance

In a guest column this week in the Bloomington Herald-Times (subscription required; full text below), Sen. Todd Young highlighted the importance of Indiana’s Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane and Crane Army Ammunition Activity. Senator Young recently hosted the commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller at Crane to demonstrate its contributions to America’s national security. “At a time [...]

2017-11-10T11:58:53+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

Holcomb Throws Support Behind Medical Device Tax Repeal; Donnelly and Young Recognize USS Indianapolis; Brooks Supports DACA Solution

- Governor Eric Holcomb penned a newspaper column last week on the importance of a permanent repeal of the medical device tax. As a reminder, this onerous tax burden, which was once delayed in 2016, will begin again January 1, 2018 unless the federal government intervenes. Holcomb wrote, “Beyond astounding medical breakthroughs, the medical device industry also supports high-wage [...]

2017-11-10T12:41:01+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

House Committee Passes Tax Reform Bill; Senate Unveils Own Measure – Where Does Donnelly Stand?

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee concluded its markup of the GOP tax reform bill (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) and voted along party lines to move the measure, 24-16. The core of the House bill reduces the number of individual tax rates, slashes the corporate tax rate and eliminates many deductions and credits. The bill [...]

2017-11-10T11:46:20+00:00 November 10th, 2017|