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Following reports of falsified appointment books at a Peru, Indiana Veterans’ Affairs clinic, two of the state’s U.S. House members want answers.

Former Veterans’ Affairs committee member Jackie Walorski (R-2nd) and current member Jim Banks (R-3rd) signed a letter wanting to know why one medical professional at the Peru clinic reported serving many more patients than she actually saw.

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Several of Indiana’s Congressional Representatives are once again co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal the Medical Device Tax.

Several Indiana companies have been pushing for a repeal of the tax that took effect in 2013.

Congress passed a two-year suspension of the 2.3 percent excise tax at the end of 2015.

But Indiana medical device manufacturers are still operating with a level of uncertainty about what will happen beyond that.

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Indiana's primary was notable for its domino effect, which went something like this:

1. A sitting senator decides to retire.

2. Two sitting congressmen run to replace him.

3. Those two seats need filling, sparking hotly-contested races in the northeast and south-central parts of the state.

Young Wins Senate Contest

Representative Todd Young (R-9th) Tuesday easily defeated fellow U.S. House member Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) to secure the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

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Eleven presidential candidates and 52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana's primary ballot.

All eight remaining Republican presidential candidates have qualified for the ballot, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who quit the race the same day his campaign turned in his petition signatures.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will appear on the Democratic ballot.

All seven U.S. House members seeking reelection in Indiana will first have to survive primary challenges.

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Senate Republicans are proposing expanding the Military Family Relief Fund to include combat veterans who served before 9-11. 

The General Assembly created Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund in 2006 to help post-9-11 combat veterans and their immediate families who are struggling financially. The fund subsidizes food, housing, utility, transportation and medical bills.  And this session, Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks wants to expand it to cover all veterans who’ve seen combat – which he says will particularly help Vietnam vets.

Senator Just Back From Afghanistan To Run For Congress

May 12, 2015
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State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced Tuesday he’s running for Congress. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd), who’s stepping down to run for the U.S. Senate.

Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.

The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.

Banks Family Again Trades Seats In Indiana Senate

Apr 22, 2015
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Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City) is set to step down from her job after her husband Jim returned home from a National Guard mission in Afghanistan.

Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) served as a Navy supply officer on an eight-month deployment. Banks says he’s been witness to some big changes overseas.

“To see the transfer of the operations from US-led to Afghan-led efforts was a historic moment to be in Afghanistan that I appreciate the opportunity to see firsthand,” Banks says.

Caucus This Evening To Fill Zionsville Rep's House Seat

Dec 9, 2014
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Six candidates compete in a Republican caucus in Zionsville tonight to fill an open Indiana House seat.

Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) resigned immediately after his reelection to become Governor Pence‘s workforce development commissioner. The district is evenly divided between Zionsville and Carmel, and so are the six candidates.

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The Indiana General Assembly has three vacancies to fill this month before it returns to work January 6th. Republican precinct leaders in northeast Indiana meet Thursday in Huntington, and are expected to name Columbia City Senator Jim Banks‘ wife Amanda to fill in for him while he‘s on active duty with the Navy.

Republicans must also replace Representatives Steve Braun of Zionsville and Eric Turner of Cicero.

State Chairman Tim Berry says three candidates have already filed for Braun’s seat, and at least four more are considering it.

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Amanda Banks announced Thursday she’ll seek to keep her husband Jim’s state Senate seat in the family when he’s deployed to Afghanistan this fall. 

Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced earlier this month that, starting in September, he'll be deployed to Afghanistan in his role as a Naval Reserve Officer. 

Banks is unopposed in November’s election and the seven month deployment means he will miss the entire 2015 legislative session. 

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