Joe Donnelly

Donnelly Proposes Penalties For Companies That Outsource Jobs

May 20, 2016
Annie Ropeik

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly is introducing policies that he says will deter American companies from outsourcing jobs to foreign countries. 

The recommendations come as Indiana-headquartered Carrier Corp. and United Technologies Electronic Controls are moving more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

Donnelly hasn’t written a bill to dissuade companies from moving jobs overseas. 

Instead, he’s written policy recommendations that he sent to the Senate Finance Committee.  He says it’s faster.

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A bill penned by Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly would seek to address doctor shortages in military hospitals by training physician assistants to administer psychiatric treatment to servicemembers.

The bill is attached to the 800-page National Defense Authorization Act, an annual piece of legislation that outlines military funding and expenditures. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the NDAA last week.

“What we’re trying to do is in effect guarantee that there’s more than enough there for everyone who wants to talk to somebody,” the democrat says.

Senators To Government Publishing Office: It's 'Hoosiers'

Apr 12, 2016
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Indiana’s U.S. Senators have sent a bipartisan letter to the federal office responsible for printing government documents, asking that the word “Hoosiers” be the official word to describe Indiana natives.

According to a style manual from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, those who live in Indiana are “Indianans.”  That office produces and prints documents for all three branches of the federal government.

Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) sent a letter Tuesday, urging the use of “Hoosiers” instead. 

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Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says the United States should continue financial sanctions against Iran until the Middle Eastern nation scales back its aggressive ballistic missile tests.

The Hoosier Democrat says the U.S. should not consider allowing American currency to be used in business transactions involving Iran while certain Iranian officials publicize missile tests and threaten other nations.

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Indiana’s U.S. Senators are split on whether their chamber should vote on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy. 

Merrick Garland, chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed by the Senate in 1997, including an affirmative vote from Republican Dan Coats.  And Coats in recent weeks said Obama’s nominee should get a hearing. 

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Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced an amendment to federal legislation Wednesday that addresses the national opioid and heroin use epidemic.

The legislation would give money to state and local response programs.

Donnelly’s proposed amendment is part of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA.  The legislation would fund state and local programs that address prescription practices, improve treatment and expand access to opioid abuse prevention and education methods.  

Carrier Stands Firm On Moving Business Out Of Indiana

Mar 9, 2016
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Carrier is not going to stop its move to Mexico, despite some last-ditch efforts by Indiana's senators.

Dan Coats (R-IN) says his Tuesday meeting with Carrier execs did nothing to change their minds.

“I tried to convince them: ‘Is there anything that we can do to rethink this thing through?’ And they made it clear that over this -- next three years -- period of time, they’re going to be shifting out of Indiana,” Coats says.

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Indiana Fourth District U.S. Representative Todd Rokita says the federal highway bill recently passed by Congress provides reliability in funding and eliminates stress for states and contractors as they plan to upgrade and maintain roads.

 

 The bill provides five years of funding with more than $5 billion for Indiana.

 Rokita, a member of the House Transportation Committee, says the federal highway bill is paid for without gimmicks, relying mostly on the gasoline tax, with some alternative revenue streams that include funds from the Federal Reserve. 

Col. Frederic A. Drummond Jr., Chicago District commander, speaks to Sen. Joe Donnelly during a Congressional Staff tour at Brandon Road Lock and Dam, Joliet, Ill., April 22, 2014.
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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest effort on military suicide prevention aims to help servicemembers and veterans connect with mental health providers in their communities.  That follows up on Donnelly’s 2014 legislation that allowed all military members to receive annual mental health screenings.

Senator Joe Donnelly says his latest package of bills, recently signed into law, helps servicemembers find mental health providers attuned to their specific needs.  Donnelly says one way is to expand training beyond traditional mental health providers.

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US Senator Joe Donnelly says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to collaborate with small businesses and the agricultural community before crafting new water regulations, legislation co-sponsored by the Hoosier Democrat failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate Tuesday.

The EPA regulates navigable waterways under the Clean Water Act.  But the federal agency sought to broaden its regulatory reach by redefining what’s known as the Waters of the United States law to include smaller bodies of water, including streams, ponds, and drainage ditches. 

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