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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. 

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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