June 27, 2018
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.
June 16, 2018
'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.
June 11, 2018
Join Pete and Team Visclosky in honoring our nation’s 242nd birthday by participating in one or more of our region’s 4th of July parades!
June 7, 2018
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.
June 6, 2018
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.
May 24, 2018
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.
May 22, 2018
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.
May 17, 2018
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.
May 10, 2018
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.
May 9, 2018
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.
May 1, 2018
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.
April 23, 2018
Northwest Indiana needs a lion guarding its interests and roaring it into a new era on Capitol Hill. It has that in U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary. The Times Editorial Board endorses the 16-term congressman, tenured for three decades, in the upcoming May Democratic primary as he seeks yet another term of serving our Region.
April 19, 2018
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, testified before colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday in support of the grant program that would help fund the South Shore Line's major capital projects. Congress is currently working on a fiscal year 2019 federal budget. The South Shore hopes grants for its projects will be included in it.
April 19, 2018
U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, testified today before the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program.
April 10, 2018
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.
April 7, 2018
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.
April 5, 2018
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.
March 22, 2018
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.
March 22, 2018
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.”
March 21, 2018
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.