Campaign

  • October 12, 2018

    Joe Biden says 'American values are under assault' at rally for Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly in Hammond

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said it’s time Americans stand up, remember who they are, and stop walking with their heads down. “This election is bigger than politics. This is the most important election you’ve voted in,” Biden said. “Our basic American values are under assault.”

  • October 12, 2018

    EDITORIAL: Visclosky is the only serious choice for Region's U.S. House seat

    There's only one serious candidate for Indiana's First Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, secures our endorsement in a virtual no-contest against Republican challenger Mark Leyva.

  • October 11, 2018

    'Your service makes us a better country'

    SCHERERVILLE — Patriotic spirit and gratitude filled the Halls of St. George Wednesday as the 5th Annual Veterans Honor Luncheon saluted the men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Middle East wars.

  • September 17, 2018

    Grant to Support Opioid Fight in Northwest Indiana

    VALPARAISO - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a nearly $450,000 grant to Porter-Starke Services Inc. to help address the opioid epidemic. The funding will be used to increase access to medication-assisted treatment plans, improve services to people in the criminal justice system and increase the use of telepsychiatry services.

  • September 11, 2018

    NorthShore Health Centers Breaks Ground on New Facility in Portage

    On a brisk September afternoon, NorthShore Health Centers broke ground on their new flagship medical facility in Portage. The large health center will include a wide variety of services under one roof, as well as their administration. Excitement stirred from the attendees, which included NorthShore staff, politicians, and members of the community.

  • September 7, 2018

    Young, Donnelly, Visclosky support for South Shore West Lake project

    U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., joined by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, announced their support on Thursday of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s South Shore West Lake expansion project.

  • August 23, 2018

    Tourism backs Indiana Dunes National Park

    The Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission (PCCRVC) has taken a formal position in support of House Bill 1488 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 599, which would re-designate Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a “National Park.”

  • August 17, 2018

    EDITORIAL: Congress must keep pushing for Dunes national park designation

    Don't give up. It's the edict all Region leaders and residents, who value the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, should shout to Congress regarding the quest to obtain full national park status for one of our Region's most treasured assets.

  • 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.