• July 3, 2017

    Visclosky questions DoD's proposed budget

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, spoke before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday as it considered the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Act

    Excerpts from Visclosky’s statement:

    “The legislation as written has the potential to fill many of the military’s readiness gaps and maintain the strategic technological advantage we enjoy today. Further, . . we have a duty to provide predictable and timely appropriations to the Department of Defense and the rest of the federal government. . . . Unfortunately, at this moment, I am not optimistic about the chances of this bill’s independent enactment in a timely fashion.

  • July 1, 2017

    Indiana Dems defend ACA in health care debate

    In 2010, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky returned to Northwest Indiana and was met with anger over the Affordable Care Act.

    Seven years later, the Merrillville Democrat is once again seeing debate over health care legislation, but now the conversation has changed.

    Senate Republicans have been divided over the current proposal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, postponed a vote on the measure until after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess. Among other things, some conservative lawmakers feel the Senate plan doesn't go far enough in repealing "Obamacare," while more moderate senators have been concerned about its proposed cuts to Medicaid.

  • June 30, 2017

    Making History - Legislators and Officials Weigh-In on Historic South Shore Double Track Bill Passage

    History was made in May of 2017 as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1144 that establishes and permits the South Shore Line's main line double tracking and the West Lake Corridor improvement rail projects happening across Lake, Porter, La Porte and St. Joseph Counties. Making the long sought after project a reality took a truly unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and bipartisan support across the state, regional and local levels.

    Recently, Bill Hanna, CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, visited the Great News Studio to speak with IIMM founder, Chris Mahlmann, about the landmark legislation, its unparalleled bipartisan support, and the impact it will have on Northwest Indiana.

    “From the beginning of our commuter rail expansion plans, collaboration has been single most important factor in our success,” Hanna said. “Neither West Lake nor double tracking would have happened without the cooperation and hard work of everyone from the RDA’s staff and Board of Directors, to the Governor, local, state and federal officials, and the many, many business and civic leaders who lent their time and voices to this effort.”

  • June 25, 2017

    South Shore projects approach turning point

    The end of summer will mark a turning point for the two South Shore Line projects that have been years-long goals of the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District. Intensified planning over the last several years has brought the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI projects to the verge of applications to the federal government for project ratings — the score that could lead to grants covering half the estimated $615 million cost of West Lake and $290 million cost of Double Track.

    The projects — technically separate, but complementary in their common goals and linked in their timing — have a variety of still-moving parts that have generated a number of questions over the course of the last year.

  • June 24, 2017

    Visclosky presses for Navy steel to be built in Burns Harbor

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and the Congressional Steel Caucus are pushing for only American-made steel to be used for naval shipbuilding after the president announced plans to grow the U.S. naval fleet.

    Such a requirement would benefit ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, which typically makes roughly half of the 50,000 tons of steel plate that goes into the average aircraft carrier.


    The bipartisan group of Congressmen called upon the administration to require that any future shipbuilding support jobs in the American steel industry, including at the Northwest Indiana mills that ring Lake Michigan. They also asked for the government to consider acquiring aircraft carriers every four years instead of every five years, which they said was needed to grow the fleet and safeguard the U.S. steel industry.

  • June 22, 2017

    Steel Caucus urges President Trump to support use of US steel in naval builds

    The Congressional Steel Caucus, joined by other members of Congress, has sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting full support for the use of American-made steel in any expansion of national naval shipbuilding.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, serves as co-chair of the Steel Caucus.

  • June 12, 2017

    Flooding reduction eyed in Calumet Township project

    A front-end loader moved around sections of cement sewer line at 41st Avenue and Chase Street as federal and local officials gathered Monday to mark the start of a $1 million Calumet Township drainage improvement project.

    "This project is a great example of our state and federal partners working together to benefit this community and the nation," Col. Christopher Drew, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

    Drew was joined by U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, and Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr., to launch the project.

  • June 7, 2017

    Council approves double-track funding

    MICHIGAN CITY — Members of the Michigan City Common Council approved the city's funding portion of the $290 million South Shore double-track project on Tuesday night with a 6-3 vote.

    The approved resolution allows the city to take money from the South Side Tax Increment Fund (TIF) and apply it to the double-track project. 

    The decision was made after the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission decided to pay the remaining $6.7 million in cash and $5.39 million in a bond toward the project, satisfying the city's contribution of a little more than $12 million. That $12 million is a part of the $18.25 million in total funds that La Porte County would be responsible for. The balance was previously approved by the county. Included in the project for the city is a proposed parking structure with an estimated cost of $10 million.

  • June 1, 2017

    Congressional Steel Caucus backs import probe

    The Congressional Steel Caucus is backing the U.S. Department of Commerce's Section 232 investigation into whether imports threaten national security.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, vice chairman of the caucus, and its bipartisan membership sent a letter of support saying that it was necessary for American steelworkers to make metal for aircraft carriers, armored vehicles, submarines and other military uses. They argued the United States could be vulnerable to foreign pressure in wartime if it failed to sustain its domestic steel industry.

  • June 1, 2017

    EDITORIAL: 'Buy American' clause is worthy push

    The phrase, "Buy American," gets used so often, it has become cliche in our economic dialog.

    Thankfully, we have state and Region congressional delegates with a penchant for putting worthy worn phrases into actual practice.

    During a visit last week to Indiana University Northwest in Gary, U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., vowed to push for "Buy American" clauses in any infrastructure bills that come before Congress.