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The House has again voted to repeal the medical device tax included in the federal health care law -- but Indiana manufacturers insist this time, it might stick.

The Senate is considering repeal of the 2.3-percent tax under a rule which prohibits a filibuster. That makes the bill likely to reach President Obama's desk for the first time.

The White House has already threatened a veto, but Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council president Denis Johnson maintains there's reason to believe Obama might reconsider.

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US Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he’s still optimistic about the future of the Grissom Air Reserve Base despite the Air Force’s decision Thursday not to choose the Indiana site as home of a new tanker aircraft. 

The 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom in northern Indiana was one of four finalists to become the first Air Force reserve unit to fly the new KC-46A tanker aircraft. 

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There's rare bipartisan backing from Indiana's congressional delegation for President Obama's decision to extend the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.

Republicans and Democrats alike invoke the specter of Iraq as a cautionary lesson on the risk of pulling out American troops before security forces are capable of taking over.

Congressman Andre Carson (D-7th) says he's disappointed Obama isn't keeping a pledge to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, but says with the Taliban still a threat, the U.S. has no choice.

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As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, Senator Joe Donnelly says America’s military still has work to do to help prevent servicemember suicides.

Servicemember suicides are on pace this year to decline for the second consecutive year.  Yet for three straight years more members of the military have taken their own lives than have died in combat.

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Republican Senator Dan Coats says he’ll oppose short-term government funding measures until Congress addresses what he sees as a coming fiscal crisis created by President Obama. However, Coats’ Democratic counterpart Joe Donnelly says shutting down the government would threaten an improving economy:

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Legislation Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) authored – and a companion bill sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) – would create a federal task force to combat drug abuse. 

Brooks says it would marshal the efforts of several federal agencies to help identify best practices -- including ways to reduce the over-prescribing of medication.

“80-percent of the heroin users in the country start out as prescription drug users,” Brooks says.

Indiana is one of only 13 states that prescribes more than 100 painkiller prescriptions per every hundred citizens. 

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Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he still has questions about Iran’s intentions in the nuclear agreement and cites a lack of action to cut off Iranian support for terrorism. 

But he says his chief concern is the potential future need for U.S. military intervention in the Middle Eastern nation. 

And in a statement, the Hoosier Democrat says he owes it to American servicemembers to ensure every other option of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is exhausted. 

Thus, Donnelly says, he’s willing to give the nuclear agreement the opportunity to succeed. 

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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s been studying the proposed Iran nuclear agreement closely -- but the Hoosier Democrat says he still doesn’t know whether he’ll support it.

Senator Dan Coats immediately expressed skepticism when the Iran agreement was unveiled last month, and that skepticism has since turned to outright opposition, with the Republican calling on Congress to reject the deal. 

Donnelly says he’s read through the agreement “a couple times” but still can’t say how he’ll vote.

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Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, says the Export-Import Bank, which provides financing to help companies ship products overseas, is critical to the health of the U.S. economy.

Donnelly says he’s fearful a group of what he calls “ideologues” will prevent its re-authorization in Congress.

Opponents of the Export-Import Bank, including Tea Party Republicans and conservative groups such as Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, decry it as corporate welfare.

They says it’s a gift of taxpayer dollars to bolster big companies.

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Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says the Export-Import Bank, which provides financing to help companies ship products overseas, is critical to the health of the U-S economy.  But he says he’s fearful a group of what he calls “ideologues” will prevent its reauthorization in Congress.

Opponents of the Export-Import Bank, including Tea Party Republicans and conservative groups such as Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, decry it as corporate welfare.  They says it’s a gift of taxpayer dollars to bolster big companies. 

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