Campaign

  • April 10, 2018

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • March 22, 2018

    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.

  • March 22, 2018

    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.”

  • March 21, 2018

    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.

  • March 18, 2018

    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.

  • March 17, 2018

    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.

  • March 11, 2018

    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.

  • March 5, 2018

    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.

  • March 4, 2018

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Cultivating workforce, population key to NWI's evolution

    Building upon the resilience and dignity of our citizens’ strong work ethic, we can retain our talented youth and attract more people to Northwest Indiana to again grow our population and economy. I believe that by expanding job opportunities, improving our environment and investing in our transportation infrastructure, we will draw more people to our region and continue on a path toward a flourishing economy and a brighter tomorrow.

  • March 1, 2018

    UPDATE: Trump says he will impose across-the-board steel tariffs of 25 percent

    President Donald Trump told steel executives Thursday he plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on foreign-made steel across the board after a Section 232 investigation found elevated levels of imports threatened America's steel industry and national security.

  • February 20, 2018

    South Shore Clean Cities members reduced greenhouse emissions by 108,000 tons

    All across the Region, companies and municipalities are switching their fleets from diesel and gasoline to cleaner-burning fuels that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. South Shore Clean Cities honored those who achieved the most drastic reductions in gasoline and greenhouse gases or otherwise promoted sustainable transportation and environmental remediation Tuesday at its Annual Meeting and Awards at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Fair Oaks Farms, the Dunes Learning Center, the city of South Bend, the School City of Hammond, the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District and Jack Gray Transport owner Danette Garza all were recognized at the ballroom ceremony in Blue Chip's Stardust Event Center.

  • February 13, 2018

    Congressional Steel Caucus urges Section 232 protections

    The Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support America's steel industry, is asking President Donald Trump to loop them in on whether he plans to take actions to protect domestic steel mills after the U.S. Commerce Department's much-anticipated Section 232 investigation into whether elevated levels of imports have been harming national security. The federal agency finished the investigation in January, setting off a statutory clock that gives the president 90 days to act.

  • February 13, 2018

    South Shore projects added to Federal Transit Administration's funding recommendations list

    The Federal Transit Administration put the South Shore Line's two major projects — the West Lake Corridor and Double Track NWI — in its annual list of funding recommendations, a significant step in moving those projects forward. The list was released Tuesday.

  • February 12, 2018

    South Shore projects in play with federal budget, infrastructure maneuvering

    Region officials involved in the South Shore Line's major capital projects are staying the course as the pace of federal budget and infrastructure policy making has quickened in recent days, with Congress agreeing to a two-year federal spending framework and President Donald Trump releasing a 2019 budget proposal and 10-year infrastructure plan.

  • January 31, 2018

    Visclosky and Donnelly respond to State of Union

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., responded late Tuesday to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

  • January 29, 2018

    Laborers salute union as it reaches 100 years

    Dennis Ward was raised in a union family, and thought it was important to attend Laborers' International Union of North America Local 81s 100th anniversary celebration. "It's a big accomplishment for the working class for a union to be around 100 years and still striving," he said last week at the union hall on Valparaiso's southeast side, surrounded by more than 400 fellow members and their supporters.

  • January 18, 2018

    Visclosky and Donnelly on the failure of Congress to enact funding legislation

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, R-Ind., released statements over the weekend on the failure of Congress to enact federal funding legislation and the subsequent government shutdown.

  • January 16, 2018

    Visclosky: Lies, name-calling 'soil the public debate'

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky addressed the political discourse in Washington among other issues to a standing-room-only crowd Saturday at the Valparaiso Public Library. The public appearance was part of the series of town hall meetings Visclosky holds throughout the region each January.