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How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Affect Indiana

Jun 3, 2015
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A massive trade deal that would impact Indiana’s economy is in limbo.

President Obama and Congress are battling over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has been in the works for nearly a decade.

Earlier this week, the Senate voted against giving President Obama ‘fast-track authority’ that would make it easier to finalize negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  

 

Donnelly Urges Senate To Reauthorize Suveillance Programs

May 28, 2015
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Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly says the Senate can‘t afford to miss a Sunday deadline to reauthorize government surveillance programs.

Donnelly and Florida‘s Bill Nelson were the only Democrats to support a two-month extension last weekend -- most Democrats allied with Republican privacy advocates led by Kentucky Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul to defeat the bill.

Donnelly says he‘d prefer to simply extend the Patriot Act -- he notes the last reauthorization five years ago sailed through on a voice vote.

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A bill to expand mental healthcare for veterans has cleared a first hurdle in the Senate, but Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says there are multiple ways he can try to write the provisions into law.

The Armed Services Committee sent the mental-health bill to the floor last week as part of a national defense bill. But Donnelly says he'll also work through the Veterans Affairs Committee to add coverage for veterans as well.

State And Federal Legislation Addresses Student Debt Literacy

Mar 19, 2015
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While the cost of college across the country has been going up, so has the average amount of student loan debt.  Legislation in both the state and federal governments is now looking at educating students who borrow money for college about just how big their burden is. 

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Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is joining Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, in urging transportation officials to save the Hoosier State Rail Line.

The future of the railroad hangs in the balance after the Federal Rail Administration ruled earlier this month that in order to continue running, the state would have to be classified as a railroad carrier. This designation would expose Indiana to increases in costs and liabilities INDOT has said it could not afford.

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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is back in the majority after the GOP recaptured the Senate. But he says that doesn’t mean his party can relegate Democrats – Coats says, on the contrary, the first priorities of the new session should be bipartisan efforts.

“If we’re going to get the President to sign a bill, it needs to have Democrat names on it,” Coats says.

He says that includes a bill pushing forward the Keystone Pipeline and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax.

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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Indiana U-S Senator Joe Donnelly says legislation nearing passage will be an enormous help in preventing suicide among military service members. 

More than three thousand active duty soldiers have taken their lives since 2001.

Donnelly Expecting Productive GOP-Controlled Senate

Nov 12, 2014
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he Republican takeover of the Senate means Indiana‘s Joe Donnelly will be in the minority after new members take office in January.

But the freshman Democrat is sounding an optimistic note about the transition.   

Donnelly predicts centrist senators will drive the agenda in the new Congress, and says he expects a productive Senate under new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Toll Road Operator Given More Time To Find Buyer

Oct 29, 2014
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The company which operates the Indiana Toll Road has exited Chapter 11, but will continue to look for a buyer for the lease.

A Chicago bankruptcy judge gave final approval to I-T-R Concession Company‘s prepackaged bankruptcy. The reorganization gives the company 10 months to find a buyer. The Spanish-Australian consortium is eight years into a 75-year lease of the road.

The company would restructure its debt or line up new financing if it can‘t sell the lease.

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Citizen and consumer advocacy groups are calling on U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly to co-sponsor a constitutional amendment they say would overturn the negative impact of controversial Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.

The proposed amendment would empower Congress and the states to regulate and limit election spending.  It’s in response to two Supreme Court decisions – Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission – that significantly loosened campaign donation limits.  

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