Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is drumming up support of a bill he says will help part-time workers and their employers.

He worked with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on a bill that defines a full-time employee as one who works 40 hours.

Donnelly says the Affordable Care Act uses 30 hours, and that has caused businesses to cut part-time workers’ hours.

Senator Joe Donnelly is emphasizing the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that not only provides help to the agriculture community but also helps reduce the deficit. 

The 2008 farm bill expired in January, though Congress quickly extended it to October.  A five-year farm bill passed the U-S Senate Agriculture Committee last week and Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s hoping it will hit the Senate floor soon. 

Donnelly: No U.S. ground troops in Syria

May 6, 2013

Following a trip to Turkey last week, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he does not support the use of American troops on the ground in Syria. He was part of a delegation that also stopped in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Donnelly says he visited with refugees at a camp on the Turkish border and spoke with opposition leaders as well. They told him they don’t want U.S. men and women on the ground.

“They said, ‘All we want is the tools to create success here.’”

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly Friday publicly announced his support of same-sex marriage, saying he changed his position in light of recent Supreme Court arguments and public discussion.

In a statement released on his Facebook page, Senator Joe Donnelly said he opposes amending both the Indiana and U.S. constitutions to ban same-sex marriage. 

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says he wants greater focus on preventing suicide among active-duty military service members and veterans, including an increase in outreach to vets.

Last year, more troops took their own life than died in combat in Afghanistan.  And Donnelly says 43% of service members who committed suicide never sought help.  He says trying to combat the problem of military and veteran suicide needs to involve erasing the stigma of seeking help.

Indiana’s junior senator says he and about two dozen colleagues are trying to craft a balanced plan to avoid the sequester. Democrat Joe Donnelly says the bipartisan group of senators is meeting as concerned citizens and not politicians.

“You know, if no one else is going to write the bill, we’ll write the next bill, and we’ll put something together with revenue and with spending reductions. If it gets voted off the floor, so be it, but we have to stay in this.”

Donnelly seeking Farm Bill solution

Jan 18, 2013

Indiana’s junior senator says Congress will agree on a long-term Farm Bill this year. As part of the fiscal cliff agreement, the current bill was extended through September.

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says in meeting with farmers and ranchers throughout the state this week, they’re demanding a five year bill, so they can have some certainty. He says the inability to produce a new Farm Bill last year had more to do with politics than the substance of the bill.

After 36 years in the Republican column, Indiana’s Senate seat has switched parties as Congressman Joe Donnelly defeated Republican Richard Mourdock Tuesday.

Mourdock takes heat for rape comment

Oct 24, 2012

GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is trying to clarify comments he made during Tuesday’s second and final debate regarding abortion and rape. 

When asked his position on abortion rights, Mourdock said he only supports abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.  He went on to say life is a gift from God.

“And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”

In Indiana’s final U.S. Senate debate the candidates repeated their attacks on each other, while shifting their focus to issues of foreign policy and social security. 

Squaring off in Tuesday’s debate were Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock, locked in a tight race with the balance of power in the U.S. Senate potentially in play. Libertarian Andrew Horning joined them to discuss foreign policy, Social Security and Medicare, and term limits for Congress.