News Clips

  • Major Step in West Lake Corridor Rail Project

    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. 

  • Visclosky lands OSHA grant for the Construction Advancement Foundation

    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.

  • Visclosky supports Dems call for impeachment inquiry into President Trump

    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."

  • Visclosky Announces DHS Grant Awards for Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor

    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. 

  • 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.

  • Maritime industry has $3.9 billion economic impact on Indiana

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Harriet Tubman currency decision seen as slight to women of color for some in Northwest Indiana

    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.

  • House passes Visclosky 2020 Defense Appropriation Act, military pay raises

    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.”