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Rep. Carson Pens LGBT Anti-Discrimination Resolution

Apr 13, 2015
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In a press call Monday morning, congressional Democrats announced a resolution expressing the need for LGBT anti-discrimination protections. The representatives on the call say legislation is needed on the national level to prevent states such as Indiana and Arkansas from passing religious freedom laws that allow discrimination.

Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) read a statement on behalf of the resolution’s lead sponsor  Congressman Andre Carson (D-7th).

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Legislators from Indiana and more than 30 other states will gather in Washington later this month for the next step in a push for a constitutional convention.

The conservative-leaning Assembly of State Legislatures, which formed to lay groundwork for a convention, last gathered in Indianapolis in June to assign committees to hammer out rules for delegate selection and the convention itself.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long says they‘ll discuss those drafts December 8 and 9, in hopes of being ready to finalize the convention call next year in Salt Lake City.   

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) is finishing her freshman term in Congress and is favored to win a second in next week’s election. She says she went to Washington to help Congress’ image, but the job was all but insurmountable -- the institution remains as unpopular as ever.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Brooks recently to talk about whether there’s any way to get the public believing in national politics again, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels testified Wednesday before a Congressional committee that wanted to grill him about a report arguing for manned spaceflight to Mars.

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology questioned Daniels and Cornell University professor Jonathan Lunine about a report from a committee the two men co-chaired looking at the future of American space exploration.

Susan Brooks Named To Benghazi Panel

May 12, 2014
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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) has been named to a special House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Brooks will be one of seven Republicans reviewing the attack which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and whether the Obama Administration gave an honest account of what happened. She says there are still unanswered questions about whether the consulate had requested additional security, and if so, how the State Department dealt with the request.

Congressman Todd Rokita on fiscal cliff

Nov 9, 2012
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Congressman Todd Rokita says he’s ready to work with members of both parties on balancing the federal budget and reducing the national debt.

The 4th District Republican, who was reelected Tuesday with 62% of the vote, says he is willing to compromise, but only if it solves the country’s problems.

Rokita says if revenue must be raised, he wants to eliminate tax credits, deductions and loopholes. He also says that should be coupled with a decrease in spending.

Purdue’s outgoing student body president is calling on Congress to keep subsidized student loan interest rates low.

Brett Highley joined student body presidents of 200 other colleges in signing a letter that requests lawmakers take necessary action to prevent rates from doubling.

He says that’s another obstacle recent graduates can’t afford to face in this economy.

The National Campus Leadership Conference reports average college students are graduating with about $25,000 in loan debt.

Indiana Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is calling on Congress to pass the payroll tax cut before the end-of-year deadline.

Speaking at a diner in Indianapolis Monday, Donnelly said Congress should stay through the holidays if a deal is not reached soon.  He says the payroll tax cut is critical for families as the economy tries to improve.

“What a payroll tax cut can do is it puts us in a position where it can put almost over a thousand dollars in every family’s pocket.”

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