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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|

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Looks at Impact of New Tax Reform Law; Senator Young Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Accountability and Save Taxpayer Dollars

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) has taken action related to the federal tax bill. On January 3, the IURC issued an order initiating an investigation of the impact of the newly-signed federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on investor-owned utilities in the state. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump [...]

2018-01-05T13:13:06+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

What the Senate Leadership Changes Mean for the Business Community

This marks the first session without fiscal stalwarts Brandt Hershman and Luke Kenley, both of whom retired from the Senate – Hershman’s announcement coming just before Christmas. While it’s hard to replace such experience and wisdom, those stepping up to fill their shoes have been waiting in the wings for a while and should make for smooth transitions. Back [...]

2018-01-08T10:24:02+00:00 January 5th, 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|

Senator Young Pushes for Improved VA Efficiency

Senator Todd Young met this week with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, D.C. to push for faster, more efficient claims processing in the VA. The meeting follows Young’s October visit to the Indianapolis Regional Office to highlight some of the department’s longest outstanding cases. “Secretary Shulkin is a [...]

2017-11-17T14:12:10+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

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|