LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after attending President Trump’s State of the Union address this evening. Donnelly’s guest at the address was Taylor Nielsen, a member of the Lebanon Police Department, whose openness about mental health challenges as a police officer helped advance Donnelly’s Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which was signed into law earlier this month.
Donnelly said, “I’m pleased that President Trump spoke about continuing the economic growth that our country has enjoyed for the last several years, but we have more work to do to ensure every Hoosier who wants a job has one, to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs, and to realign our trade policies to benefit hardworking men and women across our country. There are a lot of pressing challenges facing our country, and I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner to: address the opioid epidemic, which is in desperate need of a more robust federal response; repair and upgrade our nation’s infrastructure; and implement a comprehensive strategy to effectively counter the dangerous threat posed by North Korea.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement on the federal government shutdown. On Friday, Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor urging Republicans and Democrats to work together to reach an agreement and he later voted to keep the government running.
Donnelly said, “The most basic duty of Congress is to fund the federal government, and I voted to keep the government running. I am incredibly disappointed Congress failed to prevent a shutdown. Like in 2013, I’m going to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to reopen the government, and I will donate my take-home pay during the shutdown to charity in Indiana.”
In 2013, Donnelly donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to 10 food banks across Indiana.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today released the following statement after the Trump Administration moved late last week to extend the opioid public health emergency declaration, which was set to expire today. Donnelly and a group of Senators had called on the president to extend the designation given how devastating the opioid abuse crisis continues to be.
Donnelly said, “I’m glad that the Administration will extend the ‘emergency’ declaration, but this designation will only be meaningful if it also includes more resources to address the crisis. I am hopeful that the Administration will work with me and my colleagues in the Senate on a more robust federal response. It will take all of us working together, with more resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery programs, if we are to effectively combat this devastating epidemic.”
Donnelly has several times in recent months called for more resources to combat the opioid epidemic. Last week, Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor in strong opposition to cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), following news reports the Administration plans to slash it by 95 percent. ONDCP coordinates federal efforts to combat opioid abuse and heroin use, and also administers the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, which supports and enhances cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking.
Donnelly: Bill Hikes Taxes on Many Middle Class Families, Fails to Address Outsourcing of American Jobs
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly spoke on the Senate floor today expressing his disappointment and explaining why he will oppose the tax hike legislation put forward by Senator Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan. From the beginning, Donnelly has shown his willingness to work with the president on tax reform. Over the last several months, Donnelly traveled with the President to Indiana on Air Force One, attended Vice President Pence’s speech in Anderson, and participated in multiple meetings with the White House.
Donnelly agreed with the president’s goals of reforming the tax code in a way that overwhelmingly supports the middle class and prevents the outsourcing of American jobs. The McConnell/Ryan bill, however, does not reflect these priorities and instead would result in a tax hike for many Hoosier middle class families and fails to crack down on corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries.
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released his annual report for 2017. The report details Donnelly’s bipartisan legislative work, his travels around Indiana, and his efforts to help Hoosiers. The report also highlights the Senator’s accomplishments, a number of bipartisan bills and amendments that were signed into law, and his continued recognition as one of the most bipartisan Senators. Twelve of his provisions were signed into law in 2017 and, since 2013, he has had 35 measures enacted overall.
Donnelly said, “I’m the hired help and this report highlights my efforts over the past year to represent Hoosiers from all 92 counties in the United States Senate. By continuing to work in a bipartisan manner, several of the legislative efforts I led were signed into law and I was proud that my Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act was implemented by our Armed Forces. Through my work with Republicans and Democrats my legislation that was enacted will improve mental health care for our law enforcement officers, address the devastating opioid abuse epidemic, and require the White House to develop and bring to Congress a comprehensive, clear strategy to counter North Korea.”
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement on today’s layoff of 215 Carrier workers in Indianapolis and highlighted the missed opportunity to address outsourcing through the recently-passed partisan tax bill. In 2017, more than 300 workers at the Carrier Indianapolis plant lost their jobs and 350 workers at Rexnord were laid off when operations were moved to Mexico.
Donnelly said, “The only thing more outrageous than the fact that hundreds of Hoosier workers are losing their jobs to outsourcing is that Congress has refused to address the problem through the recently passed tax bill. Not only does the new tax law continue to force taxpayers to subsidize the cost of moving jobs out of the country, it creates new incentives for corporations to move more American jobs to foreign countries in order to pay a lower tax rate.”
Donnelly introduced the End Outsourcing Act in January 2017, has discussed the legislation with President Trump on numerous occasions, who was supportive of the effort, with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and with Federal Reserve Chair Yellen. In October 2017, the Senate agreed with Donnelly in affirming that companies that ship American jobs to foreign countries shouldn’t get tax breaks, though no substantive provisions were included in the recently enacted tax bill. Donnelly pushed for reforms to the tax code to include policies to address outsourcing. One of the reasons Donnelly said he could not support the bill is that it fails to crack down on corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries and does nothing to claw back tax breaks and incentives awarded to corporations that outsource American jobs. Further, the tax law does not close loopholes that allow companies to write off moving expenses for sending jobs to foreign countries.
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young’s Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. Donnelly and Young introduced the bill in the Senate in early April and it passed unanimously in May. U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks (IN-05) and Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the companion bill in the House of Representatives in late April, and it passed the House in November and cleared the Senate on December 21.
Donnelly said, “Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to serve and protect our communities, and it’s important we ensure they have access to mental health services. I’m proud President Trump has signed our bipartisan legislation into law because it will provide tools for law enforcement agencies to help support the mental health and wellness of these brave men and women.”
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Granger, Ind. —U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, highlighted what he hopes President Trump will focus on at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Nashville on Monday.
Donnelly said, “Hoosier farmers and rural communities are a critical part of Indiana, and I hope the President will address their most important concerns and priorities. During my farm bill listening sessions throughout the state last year, the agricultural issues I heard most about included the need to manage and mitigate the risks associated with farming, protecting crop insurance, expanding market and trade opportunities, supporting biofuels, and improving soil health. Farmers also talked to me about the importance of supporting rural communities in their efforts to address the opioid epidemic and supporting rural economies by developing rural broadband. These are all ideas that should be bipartisan and easy to support. I hope to work with President Trump and my colleagues on the Ag Committee to address these priorities in 2018.”
In 2017, Donnelly held 10 Farm Bill Listening Sessions to hear directly from Hoosiers about their priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill.
Donnelly has been a leader in the fight against the opioid abuse epidemic. In 2017, Donnelly introduced three bipartisan bills aimed at strengthening the tools USDA has to help rural communities combat opioid abuse, expand access to treatment through new facilities, and increase the availability of telemedicine. Donnelly was pleased to hear that the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are working together to raise awareness on this devastating issue.
For years Donnelly has worked to rescind and rework the misguided Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and encourages the administration to develop a rule that is more workable for Hoosier stakeholders. In April 2015, Donnelly and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced bipartisan legislation to require a rewriting of the WOTUS rule. It was voted on in the Senate in November 2015 but fell three votes short of advancing. That legislation had the support of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Simon Property Group, Indiana Corn Growers Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Waters Advocacy Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and many other ag organizations. In June 2017, Donnelly lauded the Trump Administration’s decision to write a revised WOTUS rule.