News Clips

  • Visclosky receives Indiana's highest honor for longtime service to Region and state

    INDIANAPOLIS — The man who has represented Indiana in the U.S. House longer than any other congressman, 34 years and counting, has been awarded the state's highest honor. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the Sagamore of the Wabash to U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, in recognition of Visclosky's lifetime of service to the people of Northwest Indiana and the Hoosier state.

  • New fed budget funding keeps South Shore projects chugging along

    The headlines were about money for border security, but the federal government spending bill recently approved by Congress also included funding for commuter railroad projects like two planned by the South Shore Line. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, said in a release that the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation included $2.6 billion for the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which he supports.

  • EDITORIAL: New national park designation will boost Indiana Dunes visits

    Just before 219 Day was celebrating all things Region on Saturday, the Region gained something big, and overdue, to celebrate. We now have a national park that is officially designated as such. That will bring international recognition to the Region and an economic boost.

  • Visclosky votes for omnibus budget bill

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is announcing that he voted in favor of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation. In a statement released today, Visclosky made note of the following:

    “The law includes $95 million for the International Trade Commission, which negates the Administration’s budget request that was $7.4 million less than this funding level,” the statement said. “This is also $1.3 million more than the FY 2018 enacted level, and aims to enable the ITC to fully investigate unfair trading practices that are harmful to steelworkers and the American steel and manufacturing industries.”

  • Visclosky testifies for steel tariffs of up to 302 percent

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, testified Tuesday before the International Trade Commission in support of more tariffs on Chinese steel. The federal agency is weighing tariffs with anti-dumping margins of up to 302 percent and subsidy offsets of up to 111 percent on Chinese-made cast iron soil pipe.

  • Region's political leaders split over Trump's second State of the Union

    MUNSTER — Political leaders in the Region were predictably divided after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Republicans loved the speech, while Democrats panned it.

  • Steel industry hails Buy American executive order

    The steel industry is hailing a Buy American, Hire American executive order as a boon for steel mills and the steel industry. It widens requirements for the federal government to purchase American-made steel for projects. The order encourages federal agencies to expand Buy American mandates beyond direct government purchases and also apply the required use of American-made steel and other goods to loans, grants, interest subsidies and other forms of federal assistance.

  • Our Opinion: Indiana Dunes deserving of national park designation

    There are people who have long believed that the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the southern tip of Lake Michigan was worthy of a national park designation. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, one of those supporters, last tried it two years ago but left defeated after the Senate declined to vote on a bill.

  • Keeping King's legacy alive

    HAMMOND — Dozens of people braved bitter cold weather before dawn Monday to march the half mile from Hammond City Hall to the Civic Center as part of the annual Candlelight March and Celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

  • $2.3M to combat lead: City will use HUD grant to continue lead-remediation work

    MICHIGAN CITY – Efforts to reduce the number of homes in Michigan CIty which still have lead paint – inside or outside – got a fiscal shot in the arm on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and U.S. Sen. Todd Young announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a grant to the city under the Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Grant program.