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Federal Infrastructure Proposal Unveiled; What It Means for Indiana

On Monday, the Trump administration released its long anticipated $1.5 trillion plan for public works and infrastructure. The plan is based on $200 billion in direct federal spending to leverage $1.3 trillion in state, local and private infrastructure investment. With many of our nation’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure in need of upgrading and building out for the [...]

2018-02-16T13:17:58+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Trump Administration Delays Burdensome WOTUS Rule; Donnelly Approves

This week, the Trump administration formally suspended the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule for two more years, which will be well after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to have its replacement ready to go. WOTUS would have given the EPA greater jurisdiction, leading to small waterways like wetlands and ponds being subject to federal rule. This [...]

2018-02-02T13:05:11+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

Federal Relations: Medical Device Tax Gets Reprieve, Solar Energy Price Increase, WOTUS Confusion

- On Monday, Congress passed an amended version of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act. The bill, signed by President Trump later that day, extends government funding through February 8, 2018, as well as suspends the medical device tax for two years and renews the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding for six years. The medical device tax [...]

2018-01-26T14:19:48+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Talk Issues With State Legislators, Hear From Reince Priebus and Gov. Holcomb at February 13 Indiana Legislative Dinner

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Reince Priebus is set to offer insights from the Trump administration when he headlines the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Indiana Legislative Dinner on February 13. Priebus also will talk about his time spent at the helm of the Republican National Committee for six years. Governor Eric Holcomb will provide the event’s opening remarks. The Indiana Legislative Dinner [...]

2018-01-24T12:14:09+00:00 January 24th, 2018|

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|

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|

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|

More Hoosiers in Trump Administration; Other Delegation Briefs

Another Hoosier is headed to Washington, D.C. to work in the Trump administration. This week, President Trump announced his pick for Secretary for Health and Human Services: Alex Azar, a former Eli Lilly executive. A lawyer by trade, Azar has spent the past 10 years focusing his time on government health care regulation.The most recent secretaries of this agency [...]

2017-11-17T14:20:11+00:00 November 17th, 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|