News Clips

  • 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.”

  • Visclosky: Indiana has lost families

    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.

  • Young, Braun, Visclosky Urge Hoosiers to Provide Input on Blocked Railroad Crossings

    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.

  • Railroad Safety Grant for LaPorte County

    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.