News Clips

  • On Nature column: Indiana Dunes could thrive as national park

    Indiana could soon join the ranks of the 28 states that are home to at least one national park. In March 2017, a bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, seeking to change the designation of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park. On Nov. 1, 2017, H.R. 1488 passed in the House and now awaits a vote in the Senate.

  • Rep. Visclosky addresses gun control legislation, Dreamers and budget disagreements at Indivisible NWI meeting

    PORTAGE — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, was well-received Saturday at Indivisible NWI's monthly meeting where he spoke candidly about the lack of congressional action on controversial topics such as gun control. Kim Eldridge, vice president of Indivisible NWI, said the organization invited Visclosky as guest speaker because she believes he's "a fighter for the people." "He listens to us," Eldridge said.

  • Officials hail completion of joint Lake Station-Gary sewer project

    The cities of Gary and Lake Station celebrated the completion of a joint $2.4 million sewer improvement project Thursday that officials said will decrease the threat of residential sewer backups. U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, D-Gary, joined Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson at the Gary Sanitary District's pumping station at 15th Place and Clay Street to mark the project's completion.

  • Grant programs that would aid South Shore Line are expanded in federal budget bill

    Region officials involved in the South Shore Line's expansion projects said the 2018 spending bill making its way through Congress would aid their cause by preserving and expanding the grant program that would help fund the projects.

    The 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion appropriations bill includes $2.6 billion for the Capital Investment Grant programs the South Shore projects depend on. That total is more than 10 percent above the amount authorized in the most recent federal five-year FAST Act transportation plan, and more than double the recommendation of the Trump administration.

  • Steel CEO: 'Dumping in our market will no longer be tolerated'

    Tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports send a strong signal to foreign steelmakers who have long looked to undercut domestic producers to snatch away market share, a steel CEO told the Congressional Steel Caucus on Wednesday.

    ”By imposing tariffs on imported steel, President Trump is sending a strong message that dumping steel into our market will no longer be tolerated," Nucor President and CEO John Ferriola said. "The president’s action will allow us to realize a return on our investments, and will help get the industry on a more sustainable path long-term. The president’s decisive trade action and congressional leadership in enacting tax reform will ensure that the best days of the American steel industry are still to come.”

  • Visclosky addresses hearing on State of the Steel Industry

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st--and vice chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus-- addressed the Caucus this morning at its hearing on the state of the steel industry.

    Excerpts from Visclosky’s address:

    “First, I want to emphasize that the expected placement of the Section 232 steel tariffs this week is happening because of the tireless work of our steelworkers and our steel companies who have brought repeated attention to the real threat that exists from unfair trading practices around the world.

  • NWI embraces transportation's three Rs: Roads, rails and runways

    Northwest Indiana will see well over $1 billion in transportation infrastructure expansion and improvements in the next five years if plans for its roads, rails and bridges proceed as expected. Recent actions in Region cities and towns, as well as in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., have the potential to bring a degree of change to the areas roads and rails not seen for decades.

  • Indiana Dunes would be 7th most popular national park

    CHESTERTON — When Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer compares the Indiana Dunes to the National Park Service’s most popular parks, the Dunes would rank seventh, she said. Combining attendance figures for both Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park, there were 3.58 million visitors in 2017, she said, which puts it just below Yellowstone National Park’s 4.1 million visitors.

  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Steel tariffs needed because of existing harm

    As vice chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, I supported the president’s initiative to undertake the Section 232 investigation of the consequences of illegally traded steel on our national security and economy and I appreciate his action. I will continue to closely monitor the implementation and enforcement of this action, particularly as it relates to exemptions or modifications for countries, products, or the duration of the relief.

  • EDITORIAL: U.S. must counter illegal steel dumping

    For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It's as true in physics as it is in public policy and trade laws. So we understand why much of the country holds reservations over potential international economic fallout from President Donald Trump's proposed 25 percent tariff on foreign-produced steel.