LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Donnelly Statement on CBO Score on Effects of Terminating Cost-Sharing Payments Under the Affordable Care Act
Granger, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of how premiums would increase if the Administration ends cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act.
Donnelly said, “Today’s non-partisan CBO report confirms again that ending CSR payments would raise premiums and increase the deficit. As I’ve said before, this is about the health and financial-well being of millions of Hoosiers and Americans. It is critical the Administration not harm our families or take further actions to undermine our health care system. I continue to stand ready to work with my colleagues to stabilize the markets and make health care more affordable.”
Donnelly recently wrote a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging the Administration to make a public commitment to continue cost sharing reduction payments (CSR), which lower consumers’ deductibles and co-pays. Donnelly previously partnered with Verma to establish Indiana’s bipartisan HIP 2.0 program through the health care law.
Indianapolis, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed the announcement from President Donald Trump that he plans to declare the opioid abuse epidemic a national emergency.
Donnelly said, “I am pleased that President Trump plans to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. We know that it will take all of us working together to effectively turn the tide against this public health crisis that has harmed so many families in Indiana and across the country. I hope this declaration will lead to necessary, additional resources for states and local communities to ensure those battling substance use disorders can access treatment.”
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Donnelly Statement on Reports of North Korea’s Miniaturized Nuclear Warhead
Tuesday, August 8, 2017South Bend, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement following reports that North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. If accurate, this would be a significant step forward in the country’s effort to build a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States. Recently, Donnelly helped the Senate pass bipartisan legislation, which President Trump signed into law, that would increase sanctions on North Korea.
Donnelly said, “North Korea is pressing forward on the development of a nuclear missile that threatens our country as well as tens of thousands of deployed American servicemembers and our allies in the region. It is long past time for the United States to have a clear, comprehensive strategy to address this rapidly growing threat. This should be our top national security priority in the Pacific. While recent sanctions from Congress and the United Nations are a good start, we need to focus the full economic and diplomatic force of our nation on this problem – and get other countries in the region to do the same. In the meantime, I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate – both Republican and Democratic – to strengthen our missile defenses, maintain our nuclear arsenal as a deterrent to our adversaries, and give the Administration the tools it needs to be successful.”
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President Trump Signs Legislation Donnelly Helped Shape That Imposes Sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea
Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed news that President Trump signed bipartisan legislation that the Senator helped shape, which will increase sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act will: increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, human rights violations, and transfers of weapons to or from Iran; strengthen U.S. sanctions against Russia in response to Russian interference in the 2016 elections; and sanction North Korean shipping and foreign entities that provide financial services to North Korea or those that produce goods using North Korean prison labor or forced labor. This includes legislation that Donnelly co-led, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, which passed the Senate in June on a 98-2 vote.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “It is important that President Trump signed this bipartisan legislation into law so we can send a unified message to our adversaries that their actions will have harsh consequences. We have put Iran, North Korea and Russia on notice, and I hope our allies and partners around the world will follow our lead with increased sanctions of their own.”
Washington, D.C. — Indiana’s U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young offered their strong support of Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Adams appeared before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee today.
The two Senators underscored their support for Dr. Adams in a letter to the Committee’s leadership. It reads in part: “As our Indiana State Health Commissioner and a highly regarded anesthesiologist, he has the experience and demonstrated leadership to promote the public health and bring awareness to some of our most pressing public health challenges as our nation’s top physician.”
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today voted to confirm Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wray previously worked as a federal prosecutor and for the Department of Justice, including as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division under President George W. Bush.
Donnelly said, “I voted to confirm Christopher Wray as FBI Director because I believe he has the experience necessary to head the FBI and has demonstrated a commitment to lead the bureau with integrity and independence.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), along with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Luther Strange (R-AL), announced a bipartisan package of legislation aimed at combatting substance use disorders in rural communities. The bills would help these communities by directing a pair of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs to focus their efforts on providing the facilities and access to telemedicine needed to prevent and treat substance use disorder, including the opioid epidemic.
Donnelly said, “This bipartisan package would help us fight back against the opioid epidemic that has harmed rural communities in Indiana and across the country. I’m proud to work with Senate Ag Committee Chairman Roberts and Senator Strange on these bills to expand access to treatment through new facilities and the increased availability of telemedicine. We know that it will take all of us, regardless of party or geography, to confront this public health crisis.”
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After Senate Health Care Vote, Donnelly Continues Call for Bipartisan Action to Strengthen Health Care System
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the Senate’s latest health care proposal failed to pass the body.
Donnelly said, “I still believe that by working together we can improve our health care system and, at a minimum, Congress and the Administration should do no harm to the millions of Americans’ whose health and economic well-being are at stake. I share the frustration of Hoosiers and Americans who are tired of partisan proposals that fail to address issues with our existing health care system and the continued legislative uncertainty that is undermining the insurance markets. We should do the hard and necessary work to gather the input of doctors, nurses, hospitals, and patients, and work in a bipartisan manner to make coverage more affordable and accessible for Hoosier and American families.”
Donnelly attended a dinner Wednesday evening with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss ways to work together on health care. In May, Donnelly also met with a bipartisan group of senators regarding health care. He continues to be willing to work with his colleagues, Republican and Democrat, to improve our health care system.
Donnelly Helps Senate Pass Increased Sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, Bill Heads to President Trump’s Desk
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly helped the Senate pass bipartisan legislation today that would increase sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act would do the following: increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, human rights violations, and transfers of weapons to or from Iran; strengthen U.S. sanctions against Russia in response to Russian interference in the 2016 elections; and sanction North Korean shipping and foreign entities that provide financial services to North Korea or those that produce goods using North Korean prison labor or forced labor.The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week and now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “This bipartisan bill would send a clear message that the United States will continue to lead the way in showing our adversaries that their actions have consequences. Iran, Russia, and North Korea continue to act in unacceptable ways both toward our country and our allies. Now is a critical time to act decisively and impose sanctions on these countries, and I hope the President signs this commonsense legislation into law quickly.”
Today’s bill includes legislation that Donnelly co-led, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act, which passed the Senate in June on a 98-2 vote.
Donnelly to Offer Amendment to Protect Medicaid, Including HIP 2.0 and Medicaid Expansion Nationwide
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today announced that if the Senate moves forward with an effort to repeal the health care law, he will offer an amendment that would protect Medicaid, including HIP 2.0 and the Medicaid expansion nationwide. The Senate health care bill, as currently written, would end HIP 2.0 as we know it, undermining coverage for more than 400,000 Hoosiers, and drastically cut Medicaid, which would impact families, students, adults and children with disabilities, and seniors.
Donnelly said, “More than 400,000 Hoosiers have been able to access health care through HIP 2.0, an innovative, bipartisan plan that I was proud to work with then-Governor Pence to establish. I believe we should work together to improve our health care system, however I will not support efforts that would roll back progress, take away coverage or raise costs for Hoosiers. That’s why I will offer a measure to protect HIP 2.0 and Medicaid if the Senate moves forward in considering the health care bill.”
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