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Government

  • Congress says, ‘War Powers? What War Powers?’

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The silence of Congress in the midst of this war is cowardly and shameful,” he said. “[T]his Congress, the very body that is so quick to argue against President Obama’s use of executive power... allows an executive war to go on undeclared, unapproved, undefined and unchecked.”

  • Supporting Hoosier veterans

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    District 74

    As I was reflecting this Memorial Day, I was reminded of all the sacrifices our men and women in uniform made throughout history. Our county would not be the great nation it is today without their heroic actions, and the freedoms we enjoy would not exist.

  • A review of news laws that will benefit Indiana

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2015 legislative session has come and gone. As always, it was an honor to serve our community and make decisions that will have a lasting, positive impact in our community and every corner of the state.

    For me personally, it is always a great feeling to see legislation that you have worked on and invested in being signed into law, especially when it betters the lives of Hoosiers in your district.

  • Protecting taxpayers with a balanced budget amendment

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    This year, the General Assembly continued its record of fiscal responsibility by passing another balanced budget that avoids tax increases and maintains Indiana’s hard-fought reserve funds. It ends the biennium with $1.84 billion in reserves, while funding important needs across the state.

  • Suggestions on the way forward for Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

    Agreements on Medicare reimbursements in both houses, and on Iran, No Child Left Behind, Pacific trade and other issues in various committees led last month to a chorus of relieved approval both in Washington and in the press.

  • Senate page for a day
  • Legislative successes in 2015

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    This week, the 2015 legislative session, my first session as your state senator, came to a close. While many important issues were debated, the state’s biennial budget was the primary focus the last four months at the Statehouse.

    The enacted budget is balanced and focused on funding Indiana’s most important needs, creating a strong foundation for our economic future.

  • Money and politics: we need change now!

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

  • Congress and the president need to consult, and not just on Iran

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    Congress has developed a fondness for open letters when it comes to Iran. First came the warning shot signed by 47 Republican senators that touched off a storm of criticism. Not to be outdone, the House checked in with its own bipartisan and more diplomatically stated letter to the president, warning that its members must be satisfied with any agreement before they’ll vote to reduce sanctions.

    What lies behind these moves? I think Congress feels left out of foreign policy making.

  • Cannelton Legion Auxiliary selects Jordan Vogt as Hoosier Girls State delegate

    CANNELTON – Jordan Vogt, daughter of Wes Powers and Misty Parr, has been chosen by Cannelton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 142 to attend the 74th annual session of Hoosier Girls State. The event will be held June 21-27 on the campus of Trine University in Angola.