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On the Federal Front: Government Shutdown Looms at Midnight; Repeal of Medical Device Tax at Stake

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a short-term funding bill for the government through mid-February. Yet avoiding a government shutdown is far from certain, with the Senate needing 60 votes to move it forward to a vote. Among the provisions, the bill would help continue our military readiness and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six [...]

2018-01-19T15:24:32+00:00 January 19th, 2018|

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Headline Chamber’s Legislative Dinner

Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party could be in for a rough midterm election if leaders don’t follow through on two key campaign promises. Of health care and tax reform: “If you’re selling something continuously that you’re going to get it done, you’ve got to get it done. You can’t misrepresent,” says the former White House chief of staff. [...]

2017-12-20T12:36:12+00:00 December 20th, 2017|

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus Set to Headline Chamber’s Legislative Dinner Feb. 13

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Reince Priebus believes the Republican Party could be in for a rough midterm election if leaders don’t follow through on two key campaign promises. Of health care and tax reform: “If you’re selling something continuously that you’re going to get it done, you’ve got to get it done. You can’t misrepresent,” says the former White House chief of [...]

2017-12-20T12:35:16+00:00 December 13th, 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|

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|

Messer Urges President Trump to Make Regulatory Relief Permanent

On Thursday, Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to extend an executive order, which expired on September 30, that requires two federal regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation. Messer is also authoring legislation that would codify President Trump’s executive order into law and make it permanent. In addition to requiring that [...]

2017-10-20T13:36:21+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Now on Course

On October 10, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule that would repeal the Clean Power Plan, which has been a source of contention since it was first proposed by the EPA in June 2014. The Indiana Chamber views the Clean Power Plan as a vehicle for dramatic increase in energy prices for business and [...]

2017-10-13T11:20:16+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

Trump Makes Own Moves on Health Care – What They Mean

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday in what was called the first steps in reforming the U.S. health care system. The executive order has three major directives. First, it directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding access to association health plans (AHPs). Second, it directs the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services [...]

2017-10-13T11:10:47+00:00 October 13th, 2017|