LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Washington, D.C. – In its newest Bipartisan Index, the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University recognized U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly as the fourth-most bipartisan Senator, and the most bipartisan Democrat. The full Senate rankings are available here. Donnelly has a proven and consistent record of bipartisanship that has yielded successful results in advancing legislation on behalf of Hoosiers. His approach of working with Republican and Democratic colleagues has led to 18 of his measures being signed into law since President Trump was inaugurated and 40 measures signed into law since starting in the Senate in 2013.
Donnelly said, “I’m the hired help for Hoosiers, and my focus every day isn’t on Democrat or Republican but on finding solutions and addressing issues important to Indiana. That’s how I have been successful in advancing and getting dozens of provisions signed into law on a range of issues, including to combat the opioid epidemic, improve mental health services for our law enforcement officers, and honor our Vietnam veterans. I will continue working to deliver results for Hoosiers by partnering with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner.”
Recent examples of Donnelly’s successful bipartisanship include the following:
Last year the Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University recognized Donnelly as the second-most bipartisan Senator since 1993 and highest ranking Senator on the index currently serving in the Senate.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today announced his support for the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Pompeo currently serves as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Donnelly said, “When I met with Director Pompeo, we had a productive conversation about the complex security challenges we face, including the dangerous threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear missile program. I strongly believe that a successful, peaceful outcome will require a comprehensive strategy and a full team on the field, including an effective State Department, to leverage all available tools. We need a Secretary of State who will give the president an honest assessment on critical issues, including Russia, Syria, and the defeat of ISIS. I believe Director Pompeo is capable of advancing U.S. interests and leading the State Department, and I will support his nomination.”
Donnelly met with Pompeo on April 10 to discuss his nomination.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today welcomed a $10.9 million federal grantto Indiana aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic. The grant comes in the second round of funding from the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which Donnelly pushed for and helped pass into law. Last year, Indiana also received $10.9 million in grant funding from this legislation. The Department of Health and Human Services grant will be administered by the State of Indiana, which will make the determinations on funding for specific programs.
Donnelly said, “This grant funding is another infusion of much-needed resources to help fund prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts in Indiana as we attack the opioid epidemic from every angle. I’m proud to have pushed for and helped pass the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act that facilitated this grant and will continue fighting for our state to have the resources we need to address this public health crisis.”
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced that they have introduced two new bipartisan bills to help combat the opioid crisis in Indiana. The Advancing Innovation in Alternative Pain and Addiction Therapies Act and the Providing Clarity in the Development of Pain Treatments Act both aim to help bring non-opioid or non-addictive pain medications and treatments to patients more quickly.
Donnelly said, “As the opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc on families and communities in Indiana and across the country, it’s clear there’s a need for new, alternative treatments for those battling chronic or acute pain. I was proud to introduce these bipartisan bills that would require the FDA to offer guidance clarifying how it will assess new treatments that reduce the need for opioids, and safely speed up the approval process to bring non-opioid and non-addictive pain and substance use disorder treatments to market — which would encourage the development of these alternative painkillers.”
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after the U.S. military launched strikes with the United Kingdom and France in response to the Syrian regime’s recent chemical weapons attack on its own civilians.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “The recent chemical weapons attack was the latest in a series of barbaric actions by the Assad regime. I support tonight’s international military response, which demonstrates that there are consequences for using chemical weapons on innocent civilians. Now, I want to hear from the president, the military, and our diplomatic leaders on the strategy moving forward.”
Indianapolis, Ind. – President Trump signed into law the Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site Act of 2018 (H.R.4851), legislation led by Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), in the Senate, and Representatives André Carson (D-Ind.-07) and Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.-05) in the House. This legislation commemorates the Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis where Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered a timeless speech on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, and establishes the site as a part of the African American Civil Rights Network.
On April 4, 1968, Kennedy was in Indianapolis for a campaign event when he learned of the tragic death of Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy decided to speak to the crowd and inform them of the tragic news in a manner that called for a nonviolent reaction. While many other cities erupted in violence and rioting following Dr. King’s assassination, Indianapolis did not suffer riots or bloodshed. On April 4, Indianapolis will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr and the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s speech.
Donnelly said, “I’m proud that this bipartisan legislation to establish Kennedy-King Park as a National Commemorative Site and to make it part of the African American Civil Rights Network is now law. The designation of this site, where Senator Robert F. Kennedy gave his historic speech following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic assassination, highlights the continued efforts in the community to celebrate diversity and equality as a source of strength for our state and our country.”
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump replaced his National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
Donnelly said, “As President Trump prepares to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in the coming months, the president’s decision to replace his National Security Advisor injects additional instability into a dangerous situation and critical talks with a nuclear North Korea. We all want the president to be successful in achieving a peaceful solution to the North Korean threat and, with a lot of difficult work ahead, I remain concerned the U.S. is approaching these talks without a full team on the field or clear objectives. We need to utilize all available tools and that starts with having a clear, comprehensive plan.”
Donnelly, who serves as Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, recently highlighted, in a blog post, the importance of a clear vision and strategy for North Korea that effectively leverages the whole of American diplomatic, economic, and military power. He also expressed concern with the number of key diplomatic vacancies and limited institutional knowledge of the North Korean regime at the State Department, as well as significant changes within the Administration, including the recent firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Washington, D.C. – A companion to U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly’s ‘Right to Try’ legislation passed the House of Representatives today on a bipartisan 267-149 vote. In late January, Donnelly called on the House to take action. The House bill is an amended version of the legislation that Donnelly introduced with Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), which passed the Senate in August 2017.
The bill, which President Trump mentioned in his State of the Union in January, would allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options to access certain investigational drugs for treatment. Nearly forty states have passed right to try bills.
Donnelly said, “I’m very pleased that the House has passed this bipartisan legislation, because families deserve the right to try and access potentially life-saving, clinically tested medical treatment to treat terminally ill loved ones. I look forward to getting this across the finish line as soon as possible, so that Hoosier families can access these treatment options before time runs out.”
Donnelly first met Indianapolis resident Laura McLinn and her son Jordan McLinn—who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease with no cure—in early 2016. Donnelly has met with the McLinn family many times and worked closely with them to advance this legislation.
In October 2017, Donnelly and Johnson sent the House Energy and Commerce Committee a letter urging it to pass the bill. The Donnelly-Johnson bill that passed the Senate in August can be found here. Vice President Pence and the White House also indicated their support of right to try earlier this year.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today helped the Senate pass a bipartisan legislative package that he negotiated, co-wrote, and helped introduce last November with a number of colleagues. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act passed the Senate on a 67-31 vote and would reduce regulatory burdens on community banks and credit unions — including for the 103 community banks and 154 credit unions in Indiana — as well as provide new protections to consumers. The bill previously passed the Senate Banking Committee in December with strong bipartisan support.
Donnelly, a member of the Banking Committee, said, “This legislative package is an example of what we can achieve by working together and shows Democrats and Republicans can break the gridlock. I’m proud my bill passed the Senate, because it would provide regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions in Indiana to make it easier for Hoosier families to get a mortgage and for small businesses to expand. And it includes a number of new consumer protections related to student loan borrowers, free credit monitoring for servicemembers, free credit freezes for all Americans, and protections for veterans from VA billing delays and predatory mortgage lending. I look forward to the passage of my bill in the House, so that it can head to the president’s desk.”
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Donnelly: Successful Talks with North Korea Will Require Administration to Have a Comprehensive Strategy
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly again highlighted the importance of a clear vision and strategy for North Korea that effectively leverages the whole of American diplomatic, economic, and military power in a blog post. Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, has long called for the Administration to put forward a comprehensive North Korea strategy.
Donnelly’s provision on a comprehensive strategy on North Korea was signed into law in December as part of the national defense bill, and it requires the Administration to bring to Congress, within 90 days of enactment, a strategy to address the threats from North Korea, including clear objectives, a roadmap, and a timeline.
Donnelly spoke recently with White House National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster, who indicated that the Administration’s strategy is not yet ready to submit to Congress.
Donnelly said, in part, “A nuclear North Korea is one of the most pressing threats to U.S. national security… This reality underscores the importance that the United States approach the North Korean threat—and now the recently announced talks—with a clear vision and an interagency approach that effectively utilizes our political, economic, and military power…The White House and our diplomats have a lot of difficult work ahead of them to ensure that this meeting delivers positive results. As Americans, we all want the President to be successful in achieving a peaceful resolution to this crisis. To that end, I strongly encourage the Administration to promptly present to Congress a comprehensive strategy to make sure that we are using all of our tools to give us the best chance at success.”
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