Press Releases

July 23, 2019

Indiana Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Indiana Rangers on 50th Anniversary of Return from Vietnam

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Representatives Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Jim Banks (R-IN-03), Jim Baird (IN-04), Susan Brooks (R-IN-05), Greg Pence (R-IN-06), André Carson (D-IN-07), Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN-08), and Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-09) introduced legislation honoring the 50th Anniversary of the return of the Indiana Rangers. "Fifty years ago, our brave Indiana Rangers returned home from Vietnam," … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Indiana Leaders Call for USDA Disaster Designation in 88 Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Representative Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN-08), and members of the Indiana delegation sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today in strong support of a Secretarial disaster designation in 88 counties following adverse weather conditions in Indiana. The letter follows a recent joint request for the designation from Governor Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Crouch and the Indiana USDA State Emergency … Continue Reading

July 19, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced the Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act, which expands the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs. Currently, the USCG has actionable intelligence on over 80% of drugs being smuggled into the United States from South America, but it only has the … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Young Op-Ed: Disabled Vets Deserve Break in TSA Screening

WASHINGTON - In an op-ed for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today explains the need for his Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide disabled veterans TSA Pre√® at no cost. "I was shocked to learn about the conditions disabled veterans face when traveling by air throughout our country. Many of these brave men and women are in wheelchairs, are amputees or both. These veterans took an oath to … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Young, Warner, Rubio, Coons Introduce Innovative Higher Ed Financing Proposal

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the ISA Student Protection Act to improve an innovative financing tool for students pursuing postsecondary education. Income Share Agreements (ISAs) provide opportunities for students to design financial aid best suited to their needs based on their future income and job success. Under an ISA, a student agrees to pay a percentage of their income over a … Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Young, Toomey, Cotton Introduce Bill to Prevent Government Bailouts, Protect Taxpayers

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced theGovernment Bailout Prevention Act to ensure that federal dollars cannot be used to help insolvent state, territory, or local governments pay off their obligations. Under this bill, no arm of the federal government, including the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury Department, can pay or guarantee state and local obligations if that state or local government entity has filed … Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Senator Young Highlights Hoosiers Interning in Washington and Indianapolis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today announced ten Hoosier students taking part in his summer internship program in Washington, D.C and Indianapolis. The students are from West Baden Springs, Carmel, South Bend, Fishers, Winoa Lake, Indianapolis, Middlebury, Richmond and Dyer. They will assist legislative and communications staff with daily activities and special projects through the first week in August. Individuals pictured above, listed from left to right interning in … Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

Indiana Lawmakers Secure Extension of Crop Reporting Deadline to July 22

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will extend the crop acreage reporting deadline for states impacted by recent flooding and heavy moisture, including Indiana. This announcement comes in response to a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue led by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Representative Larry Bucshon, M.D, (R-IN-08), and also signed by Representative Pete Visclosky (D-IN-01), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Susan W. … Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

Three Young-Led Bills Pass Out of Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced that three of his bills passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The bills include theVeterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act, the Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019, and the Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Act. "Today we've made major strides in bettering the lives of Hoosiers. I'm proud three of my bills have been passed out of committee, and are on their way to … Continue Reading

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

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