Campaign

  • May 15, 2017

    Visclosky: Infrastructure projects drive NWI economy

    MUNSTER — Major infrastructure projects, including the South Shore Rail expansion and Double Tracking, are the next great engine to drive Northwest Indiana’s economy, will stop the population exodus and provide employment and opportunities for generations to come, according to at least one Indiana representative.

    Manufacturing, including the steel industry, also play an important role in the national economy because these jobs pay people living wages, he added. 

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, drove home those points during his keynote address Monday at the Northwest Indiana Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers luncheon meeting at Centennial Park Clubhouse. More than 50 civil engineers and students majoring in civil engineering at Purdue Northwest and Valparaiso University attended the meeting.

  • May 11, 2017

    Steel imports threaten our national security

    American steelworkers, their families, and steel producers across our country have long known two simple truths: 

    • 1 - The strength of our national security is invariable linked to the strength of our domestic steel industry, and;
    • 2 - Illegal steel imports are decimating our steel production capabilities. 

    Because of these two truths, the outcome of the Trump administration’s Section 232 steel import investigation is already well known to steel producing communities. Every extra day that we wait for it to be completed, and for subsequent action to be taken, is another day that illegal steel imports threaten our national security, the strength of our steel industry, and the jobs that are the backbone of our economy.  

  • May 3, 2017

    Federal spending plan opens path for South Shore expansion funding

    INDIANAPOLIS — South Shore Line expansion supporters consider the five-month federal spending plan approved Wednesday by the U.S. House to be a win for their cause, even though the West Lake and double-tracking projects weren't yet eligible to be funded.

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, expected to be signed into law Friday, includes $2.5 billion in grants for transit system capital projects across the country, including $100 million to modernize the Red and Purple "L" lines in Chicago and $50 million for an Indianapolis bus rapid transit system.

  • April 24, 2017

    Hobart Marsh mitigation project decades in the making

    Eric Bird recalled picking up trash in a farm field on Hobart's northwest side while a student working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

    "I thought back then, 'This will be something some day,'" said Bird, now stewardship manager for the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, of the field he was working in.

  • April 23, 2017

    Buying American could create 400 jobs in Indiana, but will the feds do it?

    A local manufacturer is gunning for a defense contract it says would result in up to 400 jobs over the next decade in East Chicago.

    Industrial forklift maker Hoist Liftruck is hoping to ride a wave of Buy American sentiment into a lucrative contract to make container handlers that U.S. military forces could use on rough terrain. It hopes to win a federal contract currently held by a Swedish company whose patents expire next year, Hoist Liftruck President Vince Flaska said.

  • April 21, 2017

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Honor rail commitments

    We all can agree Northwest Indiana needs an economic jump-start. How we accomplish that universal goal is something on which reasonable minds might disagree, but I think it is safe to say by a wide margin, people agree the best available option is double-tracking the South Shore and extending the line to the Munster-Dyer border.

  • April 12, 2017

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Rally around commuter rail expansion in NWI

    Northwest Indiana has before it one of the greatest economic development opportunities since the founding of U.S. Steel. Elected officials across the Region will be tasked with political obstacles at all levels of government. But as the stars slowly align, it is time to double down on double tracking the South Shore Line.

  • March 30, 2017

    Steel rebounding but caucus still concerned with imports, overcapacity

    The U.S. Congressional Steel Caucus held its most optimistic annual hearing in years in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

    Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania, and Vice Chairman Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, hosted “America Rebounding: Steel in 2017 and Beyond” to hear from steelmakers and union officials on the state of the U.S. steel industry.

    "As we approach 2017 and beyond, I remain concerned about the staggering amount of excess steel capacity in the world and the predatory trade actions of foreign countries," Visclsoky said in his opening remarks. "This past year I testified before the International Trade Commission on eight separate occasions in support of American steelworkers and their families. These cases pertained to the illegal actions of 18 separate countries, including China."

  • March 30, 2017

    Visclosky speaks on the future of steel at Congressional hearing today

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st--Vice-chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus--testified spoke at today’s caucus hearing on “America Rebounding: Steel in 2017 and Beyond.”

     

    Excerpts from his speech:

     

    “I believe that steelworkers in Northwest Indiana and across our country make the best steel in the world, and we must do all that we can to ensure that they can continue to do so.

     

    As we approach 2017 and beyond, I remain concerned about the staggering amount of excess steel capacity in the world and the predatory trade actions of foreign countries. This past year I testified before the International Trade Commission on eight separate occasions in support of American steelworkers and their families. These cases pertained to the illegal actions of 18 separate countries, including China. These countries operate in economies that involve state-owned enterprises that utilize illegal subsidies and preferential policies. I believe that these practices violate international trading standards, and as we move forward I will continue to testify before the ITC and ensure that our trade laws are fully enforced. . . .

  • March 29, 2017

    EDITORIAL: Commuter rail builds firm foundation for growth

    Northwest Indiana stands to benefit greatly from twin commuter rail projects planned for the Region.

    The West Lake Corridor project will extend commuter rail service beyond the existing east-west route for the first time in more than a century.

    The double-tracking project will speed and improve service along the existing route, making the commute by train quicker and more pleasant.