Press Releases

July 10, 2019

Young and Braun Vote to Confirm Damon Leichty for Indiana’s Northern District Court

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today voted to confirm Damon Ray Leichty from South Bend to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Leichty was confirmed by the full Senatevote of 85-10. "When President Trump and I were elected, Indiana was facing a judicial emergency. Fortunately, in the last two plus years, we've now confirmed five new well qualified judges in Indiana to remake Hoosier courts for years to come.Damon … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Young, Tester, Murphy Introduce Bill to Curb Veteran Homelessness

WASHINGTON- In an effort to curb veteran homelessness across the country, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) yesterday introduced the Veteran Housing Opportunities and Unemployment Support Extension (HOUSE) Act, a bipartisan bill allowing veterans with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) discharges to participate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. "This legislation will help ensure that many … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

VIDEO: Young Discusses New Bill to Fix America’s Organ Donation System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon about legislation he introduced today to bring greater accountability to the nation's organ donation system by establishing clear, accountable metrics for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs). "This issue is personal for me. My friend Dave 'Gunny' McFarland from Jeffersonville, Indiana died because his heart transplant never came. We served together in the United States Marine Corps, and over the years … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

VIDEO: Young Urges Swift Confirmation of Indiana Judicial Nominee Damon Leichty

WASHINGTON -This week, the Senate plans to vote on a number of judicial and executive branch nominees, including Damon Ray Leichty of South Bend, Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. Senator Young today spoke of the need to swiftly confirm Leichty: "This week, we will be renewing our efforts to confirm more of President Trump's exceptional federal court nominees. In this instance, the state of Indiana will be confirming… Damon Leichty, … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Young Introduces Legislation to Bring Greater Accountability to Organ Donation System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation that aims to deliver more life-saving organs to patients by establishing clear, accountable metrics for organ procurement organizations (OPOs). Currently, the 58 OPOs in the United States maintain control over the organ procurement process, but questions surround the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of these organizations. "In Indiana there are more than 1,300 Hoosiers currently in need of a … Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Young: We are Blessed to Live in this Country and I am Thankful for Those Who Keep it Secure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today released the following statement and video in advance of Independence Day on July 4: "This Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation and all the men and women who make it great. For 243 years, Americans have worked to build a home where freedom can be enjoyed by all. To the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to make this dream a reality, we are forever grateful. To the generations who will carry America into the future, we … Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Young, Duckworth, Risch Legislation to Increase Investment in Small Businesses

WASHINGTON- Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses by permitting banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in Small Business Investment Companies (SBIC). The dramatic increase in capital for the SBIC program would be deployed to domestic small businesses at no cost to the taxpayer. SBICshave invested more than $451 million dollars in 135 … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Young Cosponsors Bill to Reauthorize 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced his co-sponsorship of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (S. 546). This legislation permanently reauthorizes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the September 11th terrorist attacks. "The survivors, first responders, and families who lost loved ones on … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Young, Risch Introduce Legislation to Create Oversight of SBA Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) introduced S. 1975, the Small Business Investment Improvement Act of 2019, legislation to create oversight of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program and facilitate more early stage capital to Indiana's small businesses. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Young’s Tobacco 21 Bill Passes out of Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced that key components of his Tobacco to 21 Act passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as part of the Lower Health Care Costs Act. The Tobacco to 21 Act would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. "This is excellent news for Hoosiers and all Americans. Our bill to raise the tobacco age to 21 is now one step closer to becoming law," said … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Senators Young and Wyden Introduce Legislation to Protect Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), joined by Representatives Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), introduced bipartisan bicameral legislation to protect the 30-year affordability commitment of housing financed by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). Currently, Housing Credit properties are subject to a minimum 30-year affordability period. As the law currently stands, owners are permitted to pursue a … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Young: NDAA Critical to Indiana and National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today outlined his support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual military funding bill the Senate is debating this week. The NDAA is critical to national security and provides service members the funding they need to defend our country. "We must guarantee our warfighters have unparalleled and overwhelming capabilities to deter or respond to global threats. That's why it is vital that we continue to modernize our military … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Young Secures AUMF Hearing in Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Will Oppose AUMF Amendment to NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today announced he has secured a commitment from SFRC Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to hold a hearing on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) regarding the U.S. military taking action against Iran. Because Chairman Risch has agreed to hold the hearing, Senator Young will not support an amendment proposed by Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) that would … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Young, Braun Join Senators to Introduce Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the American Legion

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the American Legion's 100 year anniversary of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and communities. The resolution designates August 23 through 29 as "American Legion Week" to coincide with the Legion's 100th Anniversary convention in their home city of Indianapolis, Indiana. "For 100 years, the American … Continue Reading


June 21, 2019

PHOTOS: Young Convenes Corn and Soybean Farmers, Agriculture Stakeholders, State Leaders to Address Planting Emergency

Indianapolis, Ind. - Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) met with dozens of agriculture stakeholders for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. The discussion focused on the difficult planting season affecting Hoosier farmers and opportunities for assistance at the federal level. At the roundtable, Senator Young announced he sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging action to … Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Young Introduces Yes In My Backyard Act to Encourage Communities to Cut Regulations and Increase Housing Supply

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act to shed light on discriminatory land use policies, encourage localities cut burdensome regulations, and bring a new level of transparency to the community development process. Instead of adopting inclusive land use policies that allow citizens of all income levels, backgrounds, and identities to live, work, and flourish in their city or town, some communities are building paper walls of … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Young, Braun Call for Naming of Navy Ship After Senator Richard Lugar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today announced they are introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that calls for the Secretary of the Navy to name the next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer warship in honor of Senator Richard G. Lugar. Senator Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served his country as an officer from 1957-1960, including as an intelligence briefer to then Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Arleigh … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

VIDEO: Young Discusses the VA Mission Act on One Year Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor about the VA Mission Act, transformative legislation aimed at modernizing the Veteran Affairs' health care system. "I was proud to support and vote for the VA Mission Act, which was signed into law one year ago this month. This new program could dramatically change the way our veterans receive care. For the first time Veterans can walk-in to a local urgent care clinic, like most Americans can, as long as it's in … Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Young and Duckworth Introduce Bill to Provide TSA Precheck to Disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today announced bipartisan legislation that would provide disabled veterans TSA Pre√® at no cost. TSA Pre√® is already offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard service members at no cost. The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act would expand this program to include veterans who are amputees, paralyzed, or blind. There are approximately 70,000 amputee veterans, … Continue Reading


June 18, 2019

VIDEO: Young Discusses Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today spoke about the humanitarian crisis on our southern border and the need to quickly pass an emergency funding package. "The New York Times recently wrote of the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, 'It's time for Congress to stop dithering and pass emergency funding to deal with this nightmare.' They're right," said Senator Young."This is absolutely unacceptable. We must deal with this in a timely fashion." Senate Majority … Continue Reading

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