LATEST SENATOR DONNELLY
Donnelly Statement on New Study Finding Indiana Premium Increases Caused by Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Efforts
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement today in response to a new study from the independent Urban Institute showing the harm that continued sabotage efforts by the Administration are having on health care premiums in Indiana and across the country. According to the study, Indiana’s health care premiums in the individual market are projected to rise 19.6% in 2019 due to policy changes including the tax law, which raises health care costs for families, and the recently announced short-term insurance plans. The study also notes these policy changes, along with the Administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments and reduce advertising and enrollment efforts, will lead to a total of 702,000 uninsured Hoosiers in 2019, which is 220,000 more, or 45.6% higher, than it would be without these changes.
Donnelly said, “As this independent study shows, continued efforts by the Administration to undermine our health care system are projected to result in double-digit premium hikes for Hoosier families. I continue to urge the Administration to work on efforts that will make health care more affordable instead of maintaining this destructive path.”
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South Bend, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today released the following statement after the Administration announced new sanctions on 56 North Korean aligned entities and vessels. One of Donnelly’s provisions in the annual national defense bill, signed into law in December, requires the Administration to bring to Congress a comprehensive strategy addressing the threat posed by North Korea.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “North Korea and the Kim regime pose a serious threat to American security. These additional sanctions are necessary to continue and increase pressure on the regime. I look forward to reviewing the Administration’s comprehensive strategy for addressing this threat in the coming weeks.”
Donnelly has consistently said North Korea poses a serious threat to our country and our allies and that the Administration should bring a comprehensive strategy to Congress. Through his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee and as Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Donnelly has effectively worked on measures to strengthen our national security.
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Indianapolis, Ind. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement on the proposed rule from the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, which would continue the Administration’s efforts to undermine health insurance markets and raise health care costs for Hoosiers, while failing to offer protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Donnelly said, “Instead of working to improve access to quality and affordable health care, the Administration is continuing its efforts to undermine the health care system and raise health care costs by offering skimpy, off-marketplace plans that deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and in need of substance use treatment.”
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Washington, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation that U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly helped introduce and pass in the Senate last fall to protect amateur athletes from sexual abuse was signed into law today by President Trump. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act requires amateur athletics governing bodies to report sex-abuse allegations immediately to law enforcement or a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department.
Donnelly said, “I’m proud that this bipartisan legislation has been signed into law. I helped introduce this bill that will help prevent sexual abuse of amateur athletes, and requires prompt reporting of abuse to authorities. We have a responsibility to the survivors, to current and future athletes, and to their parents to ensure that these abuses never happen again. This law is a significant step in that direction.”
The bill amends the Ted Stevens Amateur and Olympic Sports Act, which governs amateur athletics governing bodies, to make it safe and easy for victims to report abuse and mandate oversight to ensure strong sexual-abuse prevention policies are implemented.
The bill also reforms the law that allows victims to sue sex-crime perpetrators by extending the statute of limitations because it’s often difficult for children to recognize that they have had crimes committed against them until much later on into adulthood.
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act is supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Children’s Alliance, Rights4Girls, University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell, Child Sex Crime Victims’ Lawyer James Marsh, Crime Victims Expert Steve Twist, National Crime Victims Center, National Association of VOCA Administrators, Child USA, National Organization for Victim Assistance, ToPrevail, ChampionWomen, National Children Advocacy Center, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
The legislation also had the support of organizations within the Olympic movement, including the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the National Governing Body Council and the United States Center for Safe Sport.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today helped the Senate pass a bipartisan deal that would allow for necessary investments in a number of priority areas, including military readiness, fighting opioid abuse, and reauthorizing Community Health Centers.
Donnelly said, “For too long, Congress has chosen to kick the can down the road with short-term funding bills without providing any long-term budget certainty. I supported this bipartisan, two-year budget deal because it would allow military and national security leaders to plan for the future, while also making significant investments in infrastructure, community health centers, and in the fight against the opioid epidemic.”
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that each state receives a fair share of federal highway funding.
Donnelly said, “As the crossroads of America, our transportation infrastructure is critical to Indiana’s economy. I want to make sure that Indiana receives its fair share of federal highway funding because Hoosier taxpayers, like every American taxpayer, deserve to know that their tax dollars are being fairly invested in their communities.”
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Indianapolis, IN – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a two-year delay on the applicability date of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Donnelly is continuing to push for the administration to follow through on its plan to rewrite WOTUS in a common sense way that includes input from the people who live and work on the land alongside these waters every day.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “I am pleased the EPA is delaying the application of the current WOTUS rule. It is important that we get the WOTUS rule right, and I look forward to continuing my work with EPA and the administration, Hoosier farmers, businesses, local governments, and environmental groups to rewrite this rule so that it both protects our waters and is workable for Hoosiers."
Donnelly has been working on this issue for a number of years. 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 agricultural organizations.