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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: 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|

Federal Relations: Young Calls for Affordability in Higher Education, Highlights Income Share Agreements

This week, Indiana Sen. Todd Young participated in the fourth of a series of hearings focused on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. During the hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Young highlighted the need for affordability in our higher education system that is becoming increasingly out of reach for many Americans. Over the last [...]

2018-02-09T14:04:31+00:00 February 9th, 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|

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|