October 8, 2019
LAKE COUNTY - Organizers behind the West Lake Corridor commuter rail project have received word that the project has been pushed into the engineering phase by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration. That step puts the rail line extension project significantly closer to federal funding, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. The West Lake Corridor Project involves an eight-mile extension of the South Shore Line between Dyer and Hammond. The stretch would ultimately connect with the existing South Shore Line and the Metra Electric District's line to the north.
September 28, 2019
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, helped secure a $73,769 grant for the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana to coordinate safety training. The Portage-based group will use the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration funds to provide silica training to about 350 construction workers in Northwest Indiana.
September 25, 2019
GARY — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has announced his support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call for an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“As Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am greatly concerned that the conduct of the President continues to threaten the safety and security of our nation and our allies," Visclosky said. "Given the seriousness of the President’s actions, I believe that the Speaker’s announcement is warranted."
August 9, 2019
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded grants through the Port Security Grant Program to assist the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor.
In general, the Port Security Grant Program aims to support port security services and plans of port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies, and at least 25 percent of the funding for grant recipients is required to be used for terrorism prevention activities.
July 29, 2019
NDIA, Purdue launch inaugural hypersonics capabilities conference to advance transformational military capabilities
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The inaugural National Defense Industrial Association Hypersonics Capabilities Conference, co-hosted with Purdue University, is bringing a consortium of military, government, congressional, industry and policy leaders to further advance U.S. hypersonic systems.
The conference will be held Tuesday (July 30) to Thursday (Aug. 1) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Though the conference is at capacity due to the high interest of this topic and the desire for stakeholders to engage in key discussions on partnerships, space permitting, the public is invited to attend the first day, Tuesday, sessions. Click conference agenda for information.
July 28, 2019
Indiana ranks among the top 15 states nationally for maritime industry jobs, a new study found. The shipping industry employs 15,360 people across the state, generating $874 million more in worker income annually, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the Transportation Institute found. Shipping to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and the two ports on the Ohio River at the southern end of the state contributes an estimated $3.9 billion a year to Indiana's economy.
July 19, 2019
Valpo workers rally for more affordable health insurance, higher wages: 'We just want enough to live'
VALPARAISO — Hundreds of workers and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, rallied Friday at the Regal Beloit plant in Valparaiso for more affordable health insurance and higher wages as a strike entered its third week.
International Association of Machinists Local 2018 Business Representative and lead negotiator David Gault said workers who make bearings for helicopters, including for the U.S. military, were fed up with wages as low as $15 an hour and health insurance out-of-pocket maximums of up to $20,000 for a family. They voted 99-5 to strike.
July 9, 2019
Domestic Maritime Industry Creates 123,600+ Jobs, $30 Billion in Economic Growth in Great Lakes States
CLEVELAND — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, joined elected officials, business leaders, and maritime advocates from the eight Great Lakes states on Monday at Great Lakes Towing Company to proudly announce new economic benefits of the industry to the entire region.
June 21, 2019
Harriet Tubman will just have to wait to appear on the $20 bill, though the decision, by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, leaves some area residents dumbfounded.
Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, currently graces the bill. Former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who served in the Obama administration, made the decision to replace him with Tubman, and the Tubman redesign was initially scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary next year of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
June 20, 2019
The U.S. House has approved H.R. 2740-- which includes U.S Rep. Visclosky’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Defense Appropriation Act--by a vote of 226 to 203.
“This bill makes several efforts to focus on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities,” Visclosky said in a statement released on Wednesday. “For example, in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for our women and men in uniform, the bill also provides increased funds for military childcare facilities because I believe that access to affordable and quality childcare is vital to retention in our all-volunteer force, particularly for mid-career enlisted personnel and officers. I look forward to continuing to work with all members of Congress to complete our work prior to the start of the new Fiscal Year.”
June 18, 2019
U.S. Rep. discusses local development, wage concerns at League event
MICHIGAN CITY – More than 73,000 fewer children were enrolled in school last year in Indiana’s First Congressional District than were in enrolled in 1970, according to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky.
“That’s a lot of families who aren’t here now,” said the Congressman, who was the keynote speaker at the League of Women Voters of La Porte County’s annual meeting at Pottawattomie Country Club Saturday.
June 18, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Mike Braun (R-Ind) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA.
On June 14th, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling trains. The solicitation notes the potential safety concerns with crossings that are blocked by trains, including that emergency response vehicles may be significantly delayed from responding to an incident or transporting patients to a hospital.
June 14, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant through their Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program that will improve railroad safety in LaPorte County.
The $2,831,705 grant has been awarded to Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad and will be used to upgrade 7.5 miles of rail between Michigan City and the City of La Porte. According to the project description, the project will support freight delivery efficiency and community safety by replacing the existing 90-pound track with 115-pound track. This upgrade will ensure the safe transportation of materials and improve the reliability and efficiency of the railroad.
June 11, 2019
Northwest Indiana's efforts to rehabilitate brownfields in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago received a boost last week from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program. A $600,000 grant will be used to conduct environmental site assessments, prepare cleanup plans, and implement community outreach activities.
Properties in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago will be investigated for environmental contamination that can be a barrier to the reuse of an abandon factory or commercial building, according to EPA. The award is the 12th grant to promote brownfield redevelopment and job training in Lake County. The current grant was awarded to a partnership of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the Regional Development Authority and Northwest Indiana Forum.
June 3, 2019
Munster’s Community Veterans Memorial was the perfect backdrop for a Memorial Day Service.
Hundreds of people stood, sat in chairs and relaxed on the grass as they listened to speakers, music and the traditional 21-gun salute. The latter was conducted with a ceremonial cannon.
May 28, 2019
Amid a rare black oak savanna, ponds and lupine, dignitaries unfurled a brown and white sign designating this ecological wonder to posterity.
It read simply: “Indiana Dunes National Park.”
May 27, 2019
Before gray skies swept over Northwest Indiana on a stormy Memorial Day, hundreds gathered to honor fallen service members, returned veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
From Valparaiso to Portage to Hebron and more, Region residents found their own expressions of remembrance in public parks, outside of museums and in city streets.
May 8, 2019
CHESTERTON — Tourism officials from two counties lauded those who make their communities friendly and inviting Wednesday afternoon, which attracts visitors and boosts local economies.
But it was Indiana Dunes National Park that was the star of the annual ROSE Awards Luncheon hosted by Indiana Dunes Tourism, which serves Porter County, and LaPorte County's Visit Michigan City LaPorte. The luncheon and awards ceremony was held at Sand Creek Country Club.
May 3, 2019
The School City of East Chicago will soon get $100,000 to replace five school buses, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release.
The money will come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, which gives rebates up to $20,000 for school systems to replace older diesel buses built before 2007.
April 30, 2019
WASHINGTON — Navy and Marine Corps leadership were grilled Tuesday on Capitol Hill about why they had not planned for new child care facilities in the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget as thousands of families wait for openings.
“What is the problem here about not providing more day care services? You’ve got 7,800 — over 8,000 people under your commands waiting for day care here. And there’s no plans in [fiscal year 2020] to increase that capacity,” said Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., chairman of the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.