News Clips

  • Visclosky speaks on House floor on defense bill

    For the Department of Defense, and for any agency, the lack of predictable appropriations is a major obstacle to the planning and execution of programs. I am cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), will provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. The members of the Committee, particularly the Chair and Ranking Member, are doing their best to get our work done.

  • 'You get the Democrats back in office, we're bringing some checks.' Ohio congressman tours Gary, says it's much like Youngstown.

    GARY — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, felt right at home during his visit Saturday afternoon. Gary is much like Youngstown, he said. "I'm just struck by how much it looks like where I came from," Ryan said.

  • Visclosky gets Buy American Amendment passed

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, helped persuade the House Appropriations Committee to approve a Buy American Amendment on Wednesday that would benefit Northwest Indiana's steel mills. The amendment to the 2019 Interior Appropriations Act removed provisions that would have allowed federal government agencies to buy imported slab and finished iron and steel products instead of those made in America. Half of the blast furnace capacity in the United States is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.

  • Visclosky’s Buy America Amendment Approved By House Appropriations Committee

    First District Democratic Congressman Pete Visclosky’s Buy America Amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior Appropriations Act was approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The amendment strikes provisions that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Specifically, the amendment removed provisions that would have potentially permitted certain imported slab and finished iron and steel products to meet Buy America requirements.

  • South Shore project work focuses on finances

    Leaders of the South Shore Line and Regional Development Authority, along with state budget and finance officials, are meeting with Federal Transit Administration senior staff in Washington this week to provide details on the unique state and local funding mechanisms set up to pay for the South Shore Line's West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI projects.

  • Visclosky urges implementation of proposed tariffs on China

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his agency to take action on the proposed tariffs under the USTR’s Section 301 investigation of the illegal trading practices of China.

  • Carpenters training and administrative facility grand opening breaks ground for bright future of NWI

    MERRILLVILLE — From sand pits to Smart Boards, unions are preparing the next generation of skilled laborers with hands-on simulations and state-of-the-art tech. The grand opening of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters training center and administrative building in Merrillville marks a milestone for Northwest Indiana’s economic growth.

  • Visclosky continues push to fund transit grant programs

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, submitted written testimony the House Budget Committee on Thursday that said the Capital Investment Grant programs that would benefit the two major South Shore Line projects are his top budget priority for fiscal year 2019.

    The Federal Transit Administration program could fund half of the West Lake Corridor rail extension and Double Track NWI improvements. The project costs are currently estimated at $665 million and $312 million, respectively.

  • Visclosky blasts Trump decision to abandon Iran nuclear agreement

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement on Tuesday following the Trump Administration’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement.

    “By needlessly discarding multilateral diplomacy, the Administration’s decision today makes the world a more dangerous place.

  • Governor touts Region's Chicago connections and Indiana advantages at Hall of Fame event

    HOBART — Gov. Eric Holcomb said Tuesday that Northwest Indiana offers "the best of both worlds" with its position in the Chicago metro area and through the tax and cost-of-living advantages of Indiana. Its mix of "industrial might" and "nature's beauty" adds to the allure, the governor said in an appearance before approximately 460 people at the 11th annual induction ceremony for The Times Media Co. Business & Industry Hall of Fame.