News Clips

  • EDITORIAL: Congress must keep pushing for Dunes national park designation

    Don't give up. It's the edict all Region leaders and residents, who value the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, should shout to Congress regarding the quest to obtain full national park status for one of our Region's most treasured assets.

  • Michigan City airport receives grant to update airport layout plan

    MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Municipal-Phillips Field Airport has received a $339,722 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

  • Grant sought to finish Marquette Greenway, a proposed bike trail linking Chicago and Michigan

    A decade-long effort to create a bike and pedestrian path from Chicago to Michigan could soon move closer to completion. The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission is seeking a federal grant to finish the remaining 30 miles of trail for the Marquette Greenway, according to the grant application. The Marquette Greenway project started in 2005 and 28 miles have been completed or have guaranteed funding.

  • Visclosky testifies that Congress lacks discipline in spending and deficit reduction

    “As the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and a long-time member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, my colleagues have heard me go on for some length describing my concerns that Congress has become unable to enact appropriations bills anywhere close to the start of the fiscal year. However, I do not believe this means our budget and appropriations process is broken. Instead, it shows what happens when we avoid making decisions in a disciplined fashion as allowed under current House rules. We continue to defer action because some of my colleagues don’t want to make tough choices and others simply scorn those in the public service."

  • 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.