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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|

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|

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|

Young and Donnelly Join Forces; Hollingsworth Endorses National Right to Work Act

- Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, in signing a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calling for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to be included in the next fiscal budget request (for [...]

2017-10-27T14:07:13+00:00 October 27th, 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|