Dan Coats

Hamilton, Coats Call For Clearer Anti-ISIS Language

Aug 28, 2014
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The rise of the radical group calling itself The Islamic State is sparking calls for a clearer strategy to keep the violence in Iraq from reaching U.S. shores.

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, says with so many extremist groups in the Middle East, it‘s understandable intelligence agencies didn‘t see ISIS coming.

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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.

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Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dan Coats (R-IN) aren’t yet joining the ranks of those calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. 

Controversy has swirled around the Veterans Affairs head for weeks amid allegations that VA hospitals around the country manipulated wait lists, leading to treatment delays and even patient deaths. 

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Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the pressure is on the group of representatives and senators working out budget differences before December 13. That’s the date a conference report on the budget is due.

Coats says Americans are tired of the congressional impasse, and the two chambers working together is what he calls the “last chance.”

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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:

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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.

The U.S. House passed the farm bill without funding for the food stamp program, which has been tied to farm bills for decades. 

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) voted for the farm bill when it passed the Senate last month.

He says he approves of the decision by House Republicans to leave food stamps separate.

“I think it’s created problems to the point where we ought to identify both of these as essential programs that have to be addressed.  I don’t believe they need to be tied together.”

2012 Hoosier Job Fair

May 29, 2012

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.