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  • August 10, 2017

    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."

  • August 8, 2017

    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.

  • August 4, 2017

    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.

  • July 25, 2017

    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.

  • July 22, 2017

    Dems bring out heavy hitters

    La PORTE — La Porte County Democrats recruited a trio of heavy hitters to rally the party faithful Friday during the organization’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and state House Minority Leader Scott Pelath all talked about the importance of winning elections — not just to gain political power, but to provide just and caring leadership, save health care and preserve the rule of law.

  • July 20, 2017

    Visclosky supports Buy America amendment

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is supporting a Buy America amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Interior Appropriations Act.

    That amendment would strike provisions “that would have weakened Buy America requirements for projects receiving funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund,” according to a statement released on Wednesday by Visclosky’s office. “Specifically, the amendment removed provisions that would have potentially permitted slab and finished iron and steel products that are imported and then substantially transformed to meet Buy America requirements.”

  • July 3, 2017

    Visclosky questions DoD's proposed budget

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, spoke before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday as it considered the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Act

    Excerpts from Visclosky’s statement:

    “The legislation as written has the potential to fill many of the military’s readiness gaps and maintain the strategic technological advantage we enjoy today. Further, . . we have a duty to provide predictable and timely appropriations to the Department of Defense and the rest of the federal government. . . . Unfortunately, at this moment, I am not optimistic about the chances of this bill’s independent enactment in a timely fashion.

  • July 1, 2017

    Indiana Dems defend ACA in health care debate

    In 2010, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky returned to Northwest Indiana and was met with anger over the Affordable Care Act.

    Seven years later, the Merrillville Democrat is once again seeing debate over health care legislation, but now the conversation has changed.

    Senate Republicans have been divided over the current proposal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, postponed a vote on the measure until after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess. Among other things, some conservative lawmakers feel the Senate plan doesn't go far enough in repealing "Obamacare," while more moderate senators have been concerned about its proposed cuts to Medicaid.

  • June 30, 2017

    Making History - Legislators and Officials Weigh-In on Historic South Shore Double Track Bill Passage

    History was made in May of 2017 as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1144 that establishes and permits the South Shore Line's main line double tracking and the West Lake Corridor improvement rail projects happening across Lake, Porter, La Porte and St. Joseph Counties. Making the long sought after project a reality took a truly unprecedented level of cooperation, coordination and bipartisan support across the state, regional and local levels.

    Recently, Bill Hanna, CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, visited the Great News Studio to speak with IIMM founder, Chris Mahlmann, about the landmark legislation, its unparalleled bipartisan support, and the impact it will have on Northwest Indiana.

    “From the beginning of our commuter rail expansion plans, collaboration has been single most important factor in our success,” Hanna said. “Neither West Lake nor double tracking would have happened without the cooperation and hard work of everyone from the RDA’s staff and Board of Directors, to the Governor, local, state and federal officials, and the many, many business and civic leaders who lent their time and voices to this effort.”

  • June 25, 2017

    South Shore projects approach turning point

    The end of summer will mark a turning point for the two South Shore Line projects that have been years-long goals of the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District. Intensified planning over the last several years has brought the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI projects to the verge of applications to the federal government for project ratings — the score that could lead to grants covering half the estimated $615 million cost of West Lake and $290 million cost of Double Track.

    The projects — technically separate, but complementary in their common goals and linked in their timing — have a variety of still-moving parts that have generated a number of questions over the course of the last year.

  • June 24, 2017

    Visclosky presses for Navy steel to be built in Burns Harbor

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and the Congressional Steel Caucus are pushing for only American-made steel to be used for naval shipbuilding after the president announced plans to grow the U.S. naval fleet.

    Such a requirement would benefit ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, which typically makes roughly half of the 50,000 tons of steel plate that goes into the average aircraft carrier.

     

    The bipartisan group of Congressmen called upon the administration to require that any future shipbuilding support jobs in the American steel industry, including at the Northwest Indiana mills that ring Lake Michigan. They also asked for the government to consider acquiring aircraft carriers every four years instead of every five years, which they said was needed to grow the fleet and safeguard the U.S. steel industry.

  • June 22, 2017

    Steel Caucus urges President Trump to support use of US steel in naval builds

    The Congressional Steel Caucus, joined by other members of Congress, has sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting full support for the use of American-made steel in any expansion of national naval shipbuilding.
     

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, serves as co-chair of the Steel Caucus.

  • June 12, 2017

    Flooding reduction eyed in Calumet Township project

    A front-end loader moved around sections of cement sewer line at 41st Avenue and Chase Street as federal and local officials gathered Monday to mark the start of a $1 million Calumet Township drainage improvement project.

    "This project is a great example of our state and federal partners working together to benefit this community and the nation," Col. Christopher Drew, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

    Drew was joined by U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, Lake County Commissioner Michael Repay, D-Hammond, and Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr., to launch the project.

  • June 7, 2017

    Council approves double-track funding

    MICHIGAN CITY — Members of the Michigan City Common Council approved the city's funding portion of the $290 million South Shore double-track project on Tuesday night with a 6-3 vote.

    The approved resolution allows the city to take money from the South Side Tax Increment Fund (TIF) and apply it to the double-track project. 

    The decision was made after the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission decided to pay the remaining $6.7 million in cash and $5.39 million in a bond toward the project, satisfying the city's contribution of a little more than $12 million. That $12 million is a part of the $18.25 million in total funds that La Porte County would be responsible for. The balance was previously approved by the county. Included in the project for the city is a proposed parking structure with an estimated cost of $10 million.

  • June 1, 2017

    Congressional Steel Caucus backs import probe

    The Congressional Steel Caucus is backing the U.S. Department of Commerce's Section 232 investigation into whether imports threaten national security.

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, vice chairman of the caucus, and its bipartisan membership sent a letter of support saying that it was necessary for American steelworkers to make metal for aircraft carriers, armored vehicles, submarines and other military uses. They argued the United States could be vulnerable to foreign pressure in wartime if it failed to sustain its domestic steel industry.

  • June 1, 2017

    EDITORIAL: 'Buy American' clause is worthy push

    The phrase, "Buy American," gets used so often, it has become cliche in our economic dialog.

    Thankfully, we have state and Region congressional delegates with a penchant for putting worthy worn phrases into actual practice.

    During a visit last week to Indiana University Northwest in Gary, U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., vowed to push for "Buy American" clauses in any infrastructure bills that come before Congress.

  • May 30, 2017

    Gary, Lake Station kick off joint sewer project

    Gary and Lake Station — two cash-challenged cities — have come together with assistance from U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky to build a new $2.4 million sewer improvement project along Clay Street, which spans both cities.

    On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, D-Merrillville, joined Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Lake Station Mayor Christopher Anderson, to break ground on the project.

    The Gary Sanitary District portion of the project includes construction of a new 24-inch steel sanitary sewer force main that officials said would alleviate frequent breaks that occurred in the old piping.

  • May 30, 2017

    East Chicago lakefront prepares for facelift

    The first glimpse of a revitalized lakefront in East Chicago should be visible by next year, in the form of some rock reef to adorn the shoreline and the introduction of new plants and wildlife.

    East Chicago kicked off the $2.4 million project at Jeorse Park on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Dozens of people were on hand at the ceremony including U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville; Rep. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago; and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland.

  • May 28, 2017

    Residents honor fallen veterans at Calumet Park Cemetery

    MERRILLVILLE — More than one hundred residents gathered at Calumet Park Cemetery Sunday to honor the men and women of the military who found final respite after sacrifice and service to the nation.

    American flags fluttering in the mid-afternoon sun marked the graves of the veterans buried at the cemetery as the Merrillville High School band performed patriotic songs.

  • May 26, 2017

    Donnelly, Visclosky meet with steel leaders

    GARY — Two Democratic federal legislators vowed they will fight in the U.S. House and Senate to protect steelworkers' jobs from international trade manipulations.

    "All we need is a fair playing field," U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, said.

    He and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, were at Indiana University Northwest on Friday afternoon to meet with union and management leaders of ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel to discuss strategies in upcoming congressional votes on federal spending and regulation.