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Federal legislation that takes effect this week will restore GI Bill benefits to 7,000 veterans affected by the closure of ITT Tech. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), the provision’s author, met with some of those veterans in Greenfield Monday.

The law, the Forever GI Bill, allows veterans to seek benefits at any point in their lifetime and increases education funding. Messer’s provision restores benefits to veterans affected by ITT Tech and Corinthian College closures after August 1, 2015.

Sen. Donnelly Launches Re-Election Campaign

Aug 21, 2017

Sen. Joe Donnelly has made veterans issues a cornerstone of his first Senate term. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) launched his re-election campaign this weekend. His visit Sunday to a veterans headquarters in Indianapolis was the start of a six-day RV trip around the state.

Rep. Luke Messer Officially Joins Senate Race

Jul 26, 2017

U.S Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) will seek to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Granger) in 2018.

The announcement of Messer’s entrance into an increasingly crowded GOP field was understated: a Tweet with the simple message “We’re in!! See you at the picnic on August 12th.”

Below the message, his chosen logo: a partial outline of the state on a red field with the slogan “I Like Luke: U.S. Senate 2018.”

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Indiana’s former schools chief Tony Bennett and U.S. Rep. Luke Messer are two names swirling around Washington, D.C. as possible picks by President-elect Donald Trump to be the Secretary of Education, according to journalists and policy advisors at a forum Monday.

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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation has filed legislation to help veterans who were students at ITT Technical Institute when the for-profit college suddenly shut down last week.

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer says the intent is to fully restore GI Bill educational benefits to students attending a college or university that closes.

Student veterans could then apply to a new school with full benefits.

Indiana Lawmakers Differ Over Federal Transgender Guidelines

May 20, 2016
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The recent federal directive that says schools should allow transgender students equal access to bathrooms has come under fire from an Indiana congressman.

U.S. Representative Luke Messer filed legislation Wednesday to block the directive. He says rules regarding bathroom access should originate locally.

But lawmakers across the state have searched for their own answers and reached varying conclusions.

Democratic State Representative Ed DeLaney, of Indianapolis, says the idea of transgender students is nothing new.

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Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer says John Boehner's successor as House speaker needs to find a way to unite Republicans.

Messer acknowledges the present GOP is a “divided party.”  He says House Republicans need to focus on balancing the budget, boosting the economy and opposing what he calls "overreach" by President Obama.

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Congress is back in session for the march toward adjournment for the year.

The House and Senate's first week back will be consumed by debate over the nuclear deal with Iran, although Senate Democrats are expected to block a final vote in the Senate. But Congress has until Oct. 1 to pass a spending bill to keep the government running for the next year, and is trying to finalize a six-year transportation funding bill.

Congressman Luke Messer (R-6th) says the Iran deal deserves a debate and vote, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in the 1970s, protects student data. The law applies mainly to student records owned by a school. But as textbooks, standardized tests and homework assignments all move online, third party companies that provide these online education services gain access to student data.

That information could include anything from a student’s grades, demographic information or performance on certain activities.