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.”
Read Full Press Release
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.”
Read Full Press Release
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.”
Read Full Press Release