LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a leader in the Senate’s fight against the opioid epidemic, released the following statement after President Trump directed his Administration to declare the epidemic a ‘nationwide public health emergency.’ Last week, Donnelly reiterated to President Trump, in a letter, the need for significant federal action to combat this crisis.
Last year, several of Donnelly’s provisions were signed into law, and he successfully advocated and continues to advocate for funding that would expand prevention and treatment programs. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act, both of which Donnelly helped get passed and signed into law, have programs and funding to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics.
Through the Cures Act, Donnelly helped Indiana secure nearly $11 million in federal grant funding this year that will support prevention, treatment, and recovery services across the state.
Donnelly said, “We know it will take an all-hands on deck approach at the federal, state, and local levels to combat the opioid epidemic. The President’s announcement is another important step in the ongoing effort to bring more awareness to this escalating crisis that has devastated families and communities across Indiana and our country. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate, and with President Trump, to provide the resources needed for prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement, and to move my bipartisan legislative proposals forward, including those that would increase access to telemedicine and address the shortage of providers treating substance abuse.”
Donnelly Announces Support For Bipartisan Bills to Extend Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today announced his support for the Keep Kids' Insurance Dependable and Secure (KIDS) Act of 2017 and Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act of 2017, two bipartisan bills that would reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Centers Fund, which expired on September 30. Donnelly has long supported funding the CHIP program and has previously helped secure funding for Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Indiana.
Donnelly said, “Unfortunately partisan efforts to repeal health care delayed Congress from important work like reauthorizing funding for the CHIP program and community health centers. It is important that nearly 115,000 Hoosier children can continue to access quality health care through the CHIP program and community health centers across Indiana have the resources needed to keep serving Hoosiers. I am pleased to support these bipartisan bills and hope the Senate will consider them soon.”
On September 19, Donnelly joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging reauthorization of the Community Health Centers Fund before the September 30, 2017 deadline in a letter to the Senate HELP Committee. The Community Health Centers Fund helps support more than 10,000 community health centers throughout the United States, including 19 federally qualified health centers in Indiana. Nationally, community health centers serve approximately 26 million patients per year. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established in 1997 to provide health insurance for children and pregnant women with income that is just above Medicaid eligibility levels. There are 8.9 million children who currently have health insurance coverage through CHIP. Without reauthorizing CHIP, Hoosier children could lose access to health care through this program and Indiana’s federally qualified community health centers could be forced to make difficult choices, including reducing their workforce, imposing hiring freezes, or shutting their doors.
Washington, D.C. – The Senate today agreed with U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly in affirming that companies that ship American jobs to foreign countries shouldn’t get tax breaks. Following a Donnelly speech on the Senate floor calling for support, the Senate unanimously adopted Donnelly’s amendment. A budget resolution is non-binding, but does serve as a blueprint and statement of congressional priorities.
To see Donnelly’s remarks in the Senate, click the image above or click here.
Transcript of Donnelly’s speech in the Senate today:
I rise today in support of the amendment I offered to address the outsourcing of American jobs.
Currently, American companies that ship jobs to foreign countries can still claim massive tax breaks. That’s wrong and we should claw back incentives and prohibit companies from receiving tax breaks for outsourcing jobs.
My End Outsourcing Amendment is common sense for taxpayers—supporting companies that invest in American workers, not those shipping jobs to foreign countries. I urge all of our colleagues to support my amendment.
Donnelly Urges President to Follow Through on Plan to Declare Opioid Crisis as National Emergency and Direct Significant Federal Resources to Address Epidemic
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly called on President Trump to follow through with his plan to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Donnelly sent a letter to Trump following up on the President’s announcement in August that he planned to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Donnelly also urged him to direct significant federal resources to confront this epidemic devastating Indiana and communities across the country.
Donnelly wrote, in part, “In order to stem the tide of this epidemic, we need to take significant actions at the federal, state, and local levels. We do not have time to waste, as we are already years behind in this fight… I was encouraged when you indicated in August that you planned to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency, because I believe you understand the seriousness of this crisis. I urge you to follow through with your plans to direct significant federal resources towards this issue. To that end, I stand ready to work with you and your Administration on a comprehensive approach to addressing the opioid epidemic that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and enforcement strategies.”
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Indianapolis, Ind. —U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the Administration announced it will end important Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments that help lower consumers’ deductibles and co-pays. Non-partisan experts estimated that cutting off these payments would cause premiums to rise 15-20 percent. The announcement on CSR payments comes on the heels of the Administration’s executive order yesterday that also could harm Hoosiers and further destabilize the individual marketplace.
Donnelly said, “The Administration’s decision to end critical cost-sharing payments is part of an ongoing effort to undermine access to affordable health care. We need to fix the health care system, not make it worse. We should all agree that we want more accessible and affordable health care, and the way to achieve that is by working together. This is about the health and financial well-being of families in Indiana and across the country, and I remain committed to working with Republicans and Democrats to improve health care.”
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Indianapolis, Ind. —U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the Administration today announced a health care executive order.
Donnelly said, “The President has said all along that it’s his goal for our health care system to explode, and for the last 10 months the Administration has actively worked to undermine the law at every turn. My top priority is to stabilize the insurance markets, and the best way to do that is to work together to strengthen the health care law. I’m very concerned that the continued desire to push partisan or go-it-alone plans will have the opposite effect, causing many Hoosiers to pay even more for their health care.”
On Wednesday, Donnelly again called for the Administration to commit to providing stability to health insurance markets and working together on bipartisan solutions to reduce health care costs, expand access to care, and strengthen the health care system. Following up on his previous and unanswered letter to Hoosier Seema Verma —Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — Donnelly wrote to Verma Wednesday, reiterating that the Administration should do no harm and work on constructive, bipartisan efforts. He urged the Administration to make a public commitment to continue Cost Sharing Reduction payments in a letter on July 31 to Verma, whom he partnered with to establish Indiana’s bipartisan HIP 2.0 program through the health care law.
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Donnelly Reiterates Call for Administration to Provide Market Stability and Work on Bipartisan Solutions to Strengthen Health Care System
Donnelly Reiterates Call for Administration to Provide Market Stability and Work on Bipartisan Solutions to Strengthen Health Care SystemAs efforts to sabotage health care continue, Donnelly continues pressing for Administration to ‘do no harm’ and remains involved in bipartisan Senate negotiations to stabilizing markets
Wednesday, October 11, 2017Granger, Ind. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly again is calling for the Administration to commit to providing stability to health insurance markets and working together on bipartisan solutions to reduce health care costs, expand access to care, and strengthen the health care system. Following up on his previous letter to Hoosier Seema Verma —Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — Donnelly wrote to her again reiterating that the Administration should do no harm and work on constructive, bipartisan efforts. He urged the Administration to make a public commitment to continue CSR payments in a letter on July 31 to Seema Verma, whom he partnered with to establish Indiana’s bipartisan HIP 2.0 program through the health care law. To date, Verma has not responded.
In Donnelly’s latest letter to Verma, he wrote, in part, “Since my last letter, the Administration has taken additional measures to undermine the individual market by significantly cutting outreach and enrollment efforts, which may lead to lower enrollment, a sicker risk pool, and ultimately higher premiums for consumers. All these actions lead to a troubling pattern of purposeful weakening of the law, which only hurts the American public. I find these developments to be especially disturbing in light of our past conversations in which you expressed your desire to ensure more Americans have access to affordable health care and your commitment to work with me and individual states to strengthen our health care system.
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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today released a video statement on tax reform.
Transcript of Donnelly’s video:
I always say I’m the hired help. What that means to me is that I work for you—for all Hoosiers. I want to help working and middle-class families achieve greater economic security. That means different things to different folks, but mainly it means jobs, bigger paychecks, maybe helping your kids a little with college, and then being able to retire in dignity. We can make changes to the tax code to help Hoosiers realize those goals. But when it comes to the tax code, the devil is in the details. Right now, the only plan out there is missing a lot of important details. And like most Hoosiers, I’m not gonna buy a car before kicking the tires. That’s not standing in the way. That’s just common sense.
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly received the ‘Legislator of the Year’ award from the National Council for Behavioral Health for his efforts to address the opioid and substance use disorder epidemics in Indiana and across the country. The National Council for Behavioral Health specifically highlighted Donnelly’s bipartisan Strengthening the Addiction Treatment and Workforce Act, introduced in June with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), which would provide incentives for providers to practice at substance use disorder treatment facilities in underserved areas.
Donnelly said, “I’m honored to receive this award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. After traveling across Indiana and meeting with doctors, nurses, counselors, and other health care professionals, it is clear that we need more substance use and addiction specialists to help Hoosiers battling addiction to opioids and other dangerous substances. My bipartisan legislation would increase the number of providers trained to help people get the treatment they need. As I have long said, it is going to take all of us working together to effectively combat the opioid abuse epidemic and, while we are making some progress, we still have a lot of work to do.”
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Monday night in advance of a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing today on ‘Right to Try’ legislation. A bipartisan Donnelly-Johnson ‘Right to Try’ bill passed the Senate in August unanimously, and the senators’ letter urged the House to pass the bill immediately.
The senators wrote, in part, in the letter, “This pursuit has always been about protecting hope. Patients (along with their doctors) are informed, capable of making rational decisions, and have the right to do whatever they can to try to save their own lives…Our test has always been a simple one: will the legislation benefit Jordan McLinn, a seven year-old old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a terminal disease by anyone’s standards, but not one that will likely take his life within six months, one year, or even two.
“…Every day Congress fails to act is a day on which potentially thousands of patients lose hope. As Frank Mongiello, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stated when the Senate bill was first introduced over 16 months ago, ‘We don’t have the luxury of time.’ On behalf of Frank, Matt, Jordan, and Trickett’s family, we must do whatever we can to ensure that Right to Try is passed by the House and signed into law as soon as possible.”
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