Campaign

  • August 5, 2018

    Michigan City airport receives grant to update airport layout plan

    MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Municipal-Phillips Field Airport has received a $339,722 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

  • July 16, 2018

    Grant sought to finish Marquette Greenway, a proposed bike trail linking Chicago and Michigan

    A decade-long effort to create a bike and pedestrian path from Chicago to Michigan could soon move closer to completion. The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission is seeking a federal grant to finish the remaining 30 miles of trail for the Marquette Greenway, according to the grant application. The Marquette Greenway project started in 2005 and 28 miles have been completed or have guaranteed funding.

  • June 28, 2018

    Visclosky testifies that Congress lacks discipline in spending and deficit reduction

    “As the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and a long-time member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, my colleagues have heard me go on for some length describing my concerns that Congress has become unable to enact appropriations bills anywhere close to the start of the fiscal year. However, I do not believe this means our budget and appropriations process is broken. Instead, it shows what happens when we avoid making decisions in a disciplined fashion as allowed under current House rules. We continue to defer action because some of my colleagues don’t want to make tough choices and others simply scorn those in the public service."

  • June 27, 2018

    Visclosky speaks on House floor on defense bill

    For the Department of Defense, and for any agency, the lack of predictable appropriations is a major obstacle to the planning and execution of programs. I am cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), will provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. The members of the Committee, particularly the Chair and Ranking Member, are doing their best to get our work done.

  • June 16, 2018

    'You get the Democrats back in office, we're bringing some checks.' Ohio congressman tours Gary, says it's much like Youngstown.

    GARY — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, felt right at home during his visit Saturday afternoon. Gary is much like Youngstown, he said. "I'm just struck by how much it looks like where I came from," Ryan said.

  • June 11, 2018

    Join Pete on the Fourth of July parade route!

    Join Pete and Team Visclosky in honoring our nation’s 242nd birthday by participating in one or more of our region’s 4th of July parades!

  • June 7, 2018

    Visclosky gets Buy American Amendment passed

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, helped persuade the House Appropriations Committee to approve a Buy American Amendment on Wednesday that would benefit Northwest Indiana's steel mills. The amendment to the 2019 Interior Appropriations Act removed provisions that would have allowed federal government agencies to buy imported slab and finished iron and steel products instead of those made in America. Half of the blast furnace capacity in the United States is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.

  • June 6, 2018

    Visclosky’s Buy America Amendment Approved By House Appropriations Committee

    First District Democratic Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Buy America Amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior Appropriations Act was approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The amendment strikes provisions that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Specifically, the amendment removed provisions that would have potentially permitted certain imported slab and finished iron and steel products to meet Buy America requirements.

  • May 24, 2018

    South Shore project work focuses on finances

    Leaders of the South Shore Line and Regional Development Authority, along with state budget and finance officials, are meeting with Federal Transit Administration senior staff in Washington this week to provide details on the unique state and local funding mechanisms set up to pay for the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI projects.

  • May 22, 2018

    Visclosky urges implementation of proposed tariffs on China

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his agency to take action on the proposed tariffs under the USTR’s Section 301 investigation of the illegal trading practices of China.

  • May 17, 2018

    Carpenters training and administrative facility grand opening breaks ground for bright future of NWI

    MERRILLVILLE — From sand pits to Smart Boards, unions are preparing the next generation of skilled laborers with hands-on simulations and state-of-the-art tech. The grand opening of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters training center and administrative building in Merrillville marks a milestone for Northwest Indiana’s economic growth.

  • May 10, 2018

    Visclosky continues push to fund transit grant programs

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, submitted written testimony the House Budget Committee on Thursday that said the Capital Investment Grant programs that would benefit the two major South Shore Line projects are his top budget priority for fiscal year 2019.

    The Federal Transit Administration program could fund half of the West Lake Corridor rail extension and Double Track NWI improvements. The project costs are currently estimated at $665 million and $312 million, respectively.

  • May 9, 2018

    Visclosky blasts Trump decision to abandon Iran nuclear agreement

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement on Tuesday following the Trump Administration’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement.

    “By needlessly discarding multilateral diplomacy, the Administration’s decision today makes the world a more dangerous place.

  • May 1, 2018

    Governor touts Region's Chicago connections and Indiana advantages at Hall of Fame event

    HOBART — Gov. Eric Holcomb said Tuesday that Northwest Indiana offers "the best of both worlds" with its position in the Chicago metro area and through the tax and cost-of-living advantages of Indiana. Its mix of "industrial might" and "nature's beauty" adds to the allure, the governor said in an appearance before approximately 460 people at the 11th annual induction ceremony for The Times Media Co. Business & Industry Hall of Fame.

  • April 23, 2018

    EDITORIAL: Visclosky earns our endorsement for steadfast Region vision

    Northwest Indiana needs a lion guarding its interests and roaring it into a new era on Capitol Hill. It has that in U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary. The Times Editorial Board endorses the 16-term congressman, tenured for three decades, in the upcoming May Democratic primary as he seeks yet another term of serving our Region.

  • April 19, 2018

    Visclosky argues for transit grants as Congress begins budget work

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, testified before colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday in support of the grant program that would help fund the South Shore Line's major capital projects. Congress is currently working on a fiscal year 2019 federal budget. The South Shore hopes grants for its projects will be included in it.

  • April 19, 2018

    Visclosky testifies on value of transportation grants to South Shore

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, testified today before the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program.

  • April 10, 2018

    On Nature column: Indiana Dunes could thrive as national park

    Indiana could soon join the ranks of the 28 states that are home to at least one national park. In March 2017, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, seeking to change the designation of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park. On Nov. 1, 2017, H.R. 1488 passed in the House and now awaits a vote in the Senate.

  • April 7, 2018

    Rep. Visclosky addresses gun control legislation, Dreamers and budget disagreements at Indivisible NWI meeting

    PORTAGE — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, was well-received Saturday at Indivisible NWI's monthly meeting where he spoke candidly about the lack of congressional action on controversial topics such as gun control. Kim Eldridge, vice president of Indivisible NWI, said the organization invited Visclosky as guest speaker because she believes he's "a fighter for the people." "He listens to us," Eldridge said.

  • April 5, 2018

    Officials hail completion of joint Lake Station-Gary sewer project

    The cities of Gary and Lake Station celebrated the completion of a joint $2.4 million sewer improvement project Thursday that officials said will decrease the threat of residential sewer backups. U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, D-Gary, joined Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson at the Gary Sanitary District's pumping station at 15th Place and Clay Street to mark the project's completion.