Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) and several other conservative Republicans have penned a letter to President Obama accusing him of, in their words, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis that’s led to a flood of Central American migrants into the U.S.
Coats and fellow Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans Thad Cochran (R-MS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) accuse the Obama Administration of not enforcing the nation’s immigration laws – despite the fact the number of deportations of illegal immigrants is up during Obama’s tenure.
Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) wants the Affordable Care Act to be an election issue next year. He’s pushing for a delay in the individual enrollment mandate, which has a March 31st deadline and carries tax penalties for not signing up for health insurance.
Coats thinks the more exposure Americans have to the law, the less they like it.
Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN4) joined four other members of Indiana's congressional delegation in voting against the federal funding bill that also raises the debt ceiling. Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) were among the 81 members of the Senate who helped pass the bill Wednesday night.
Rokita released the following statement after the House passed the measure on a 285 to 144 vote:
The sister of one of the Newton, Connecticut, school shooting victims is calling on Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) to support new federal gun laws. It was part of a nationwide bus tour featuring families of gun violence victims that stopped in Indianapolis Friday for a rally.
It’s called the No More Names tour – a 25 state bus tour urging people to support efforts to end gun violence, calling out members of Congress who voted against recent gun control measures such as universal background checks.
More than 4,000 open positions are available at the Hoosier Job Fair Wednesday in Lafayette.
Senator Dan Coats is hosting the event, along with local government and business leaders. He says the response has been overwhelming, with a little more than 100 companies signing up for the fair.
"This thing has just exploded, which I think says a lot for the state of Indiana and our recovery that's going on, but also the fact there's a lot of employers out there that are looking for good people to work."
Indiana’s two U.S. Senators voted against the transportation bill moving through Congress.
Senator Dan Coats says he could not support it, because the federal funding Indiana receives is not equal to what it sends to Washington. Senator Dick Lugar says he opposed the measure because the funding mechanisms are unsustainable and the state will lose an estimated $117-million under the highway funding formulas.