News Clips

  • Labor leaders mark holiday with hopes for an improved NAFTA

    As unions celebrate Labor Day on Monday, many will be keeping an eye on efforts to revamp the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, and hoping that this time the end result will be good for workers.

    "I don't want to see a NAFTA on steroids," said Pete Trinidad, president of United Steelworkers Local 6787 in Chesterton, which represents steelworkers at ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor plant.

  • Visclosky Announces Grant Award for Michigan City Fire Department

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant for the Michigan City Fire Department under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

    The $718,468 grant award will provide the Michigan City Fire Department with the ability to hire six additional firefighters. In general, the SAFER program is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness.

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao cites bipartisanship, private investment possibilities of South Shore projects

    SOUTH BEND — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao suggested Tuesday that bipartisan support and the opportunity for private development associated with the South Shore Line's major infrastructure projects will be important factors as things move through the planning stages.

    The secretary made the comments after a two-hour briefing on the South Shore's West Lake Corridor, Double Track NWI and South Bend realignment projects at South Bend International Airport.

  • U.S. Sen. Donnelly views Gary airport projects during campaign kick-off tour

    GARY — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., inspected ongoing improvements at the Gary/Chicago International Airport during a Tuesday afternoon tour, part of a six-day trip around the state kicking off the senator's 2018 re-election campaign. Donnelly visited both of the airport's fixed-base operators, Gary Jet Center and B. Coleman Aviation, which are in the midst of major construction projects. Airport officials also pointed out the building planned to house a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, and noted upcoming runway rehabilitation work and the current reconstruction of Airport Road.

  • Visclosky Announces NEA Grant Award to South Shore Arts

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant to South Shore Arts.  First District Democrat Congressman Pete Visclosky announced the grant award today (Tuesday) which will support a South Shore Arts instructor to provide art supplies and lead students in Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties in art projects inspired by the children’s book “The Skin You Live In,” by Michael Tyler and illustrated by David Lee Csisko, and the environmental conservation story “Waterville” by Nick Mantis.

  • Visclosky Announces Grant Award for Porter County Volunteer Fire Departments

    Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant that will benefit several volunteer fire departments in Porter County under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

    Specifically, the $680,000 grant award will assist the volunteer fire departments in Hebron, Kouts, Morgan Township, and Porter Township. This grant funding will be used to purchase duel band radios that will complement the action taken by the Porter County Board of Commissioners to upgrade the emergency radio system. In general, FEMA’s AFG program is designed to award grants directly to fire departments in order to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.

  • Congressman Visclosky questions Trump boast of strengthening America's nuclear arsenal in outspoken moment

    INDIANAPOLIS — The top Democrat serving on the U.S. House panel responsible for defense spending is condemning President Donald Trump's "loose and imprecise language" concerning nuclear weapons. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, took issue Thursday with the Republican's claim, made via Twitter at 6:56 a.m Wednesday, that his "first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal."

  • DOT Gives Approving Nod to Potential Port Funding

    PORTAGE - The U.S. Department of Transportation is recommending a nearly $10 million grant for the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. The funding, which still requires Congressional approval, would cover half of a proposed $19.7 million infrastructure expansion at the Portage operation.

  • Flag raised at Dunes Learning Center in honor of Lee Botts

    Long may Lee Botts’ flag wave, over the Dunes Learning Center (DLC) at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

    On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, was the special guest at a flag-raising ceremony to honor Botts, a nationally recognized Dunes environmentalist who founded the DLC in 1998.

  • Medicare rally draws crowd to Courthouse

    The Medicare For All Rally, held Monday evening on the Valparaiso Courthouse square drew over 100 people from Porter County and Northwest Indiana. The event was organized in partnership with Hoosier Women on the March, Progressives in Action Northwest Indiana, the Community Strategy Group, NWI NOW, and Blue Valpo. The rally’s main message was that healthcare should be a human right, not a privilege in the United States.