Press Releases

September 07, 2017


Today, Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees the United Nations, sent a letter to the Comptroller General asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. Young and Merkley issued the following joint statement today: "Reform of UN peacekeeping is needed, and this GAO review will provide Congress and the administration valuable … Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

Keynote Address: Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development

*Remarks as prepared for delivery* Worse Humanitarian Crisis since WWII "Today, the world confronts the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. In North-East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen, we confront humanitarian crises of breathtaking scope and severity. In those four countries, as World Food Programme Executive Director Beasley testified in July, about 20 million people are at risk of severe hunger or starvation. "In Yemen alone, an estimated 17 million people are … Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

Senator Young's Statement Following Briefing on North Korea and Afghanistan

Senator Young issued a statement following a briefing with the administration on North Korea and Afghanistan: "I appreciated the briefing today on North Korea and Afghanistan from the administration's senior national security officials, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to monitor developments in both countries closely. "I support the administration's efforts, working with our allies and partners, to impose the maximum possible diplomatic and economic … Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Senator Young Statement on DACA Announcement

Washington DC - Senator Todd Young issued a statement following the announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the DACA program will be wound down: "I continue to believe we must secure our southern border and fix our broken immigration system. Irrespective of today's announcement, that requires a bipartisan solution in Congress that reforms our legal immigration system, prevents illegal immigration, and addresses the question of what to do with undocumented men, women and children … Continue Reading

August 28, 2017

Senator Young Keynotes U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Event in Indianapolis

Why U.S. Global Leadership and Engagement Matter "The title of the event today is "America's Role in the World: Why Leading Globally Matters for Indiana." "Now, I realize by virtue of being associated with USGLC and being here today, most of you already know why American international leadership is good for our state and nation. "But allow me to briefly describe a few principles that guide my thinking. "First, if we are to keep America safe and prosperous at home, then we must remain … Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

Senator Young Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On August 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 into law, which included Senator Young's Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act. The legislation was authored in partnership with Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. "A simple conversation can have the ability to make a huge difference in the opioid epidemic that is plaguing many communities in Indiana and around the country," said Senator Todd Young. "This proposal … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Senator Young to Host Academy Days for Students Interested in Attending U.S. Military Academies

New Albany, IN - Senator Todd Young, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, will host a series of "Academy Days" to serve as informational sessions for current high school students interested in attending one of the U.S. Military Service Academies. Find date and location information below the video; for complete details on the academy nomination process go to, or call, (317) 226-6700. Senator Young's Academy Days: Monday, … Continue Reading

August 09, 2017

Young Calls for Action after UN Security Council Passes Statement on Four Famines

Washington, D.C. -- Today, following Senator Todd Young's (R-IN) efforts to promote a diplomatic surge to address the humanitarian crises in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed a statement on the humanitarian crises in these four countries. The statement calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and permit unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to all areas. As a member of the Senate … Continue Reading

August 08, 2017

Senator Young Statement on FASTLANE Grant Recommendation for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Senator Todd Young released a statement following the announcement of the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor securing a FASTLANE grant recommendation from the U.S. Department of Transportation: "Infrastructure means jobs. Indiana is investing where it matters to attract business and help existing businesses grow and hire more. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor FASTLANE grant will help strengthen the Hoosier economy and, in the Senate, I will continue to support efforts to enhance infrastructure … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Senator Young Leads Effort to Oppose Terrorist Incitement

Washington D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young led a successful effort in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to strengthen the Taylor Force Act. The Taylor Force Act would prohibit certain types of U.S. foreign assistance from going to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the Secretary of State certifies that the PA has ended its practice of payments for acts of terror. Initially, the bill considered by the committee required three certifications related to these terror payments. With … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Senator Young Talks Authorization for the Use of Military Force on CNN New Day

Washington D.C. - This morning, Senator Todd Young joined CNN New Day to discuss growing momentum for Congress to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). A full clip of the appearance is below: Earlier this year, Senator Young introduced a new AUMF. You can find his expanded thoughts in an op-ed for Real Clear Defense. Additionally, Senator Young laid out why a new AUMF is absolutely essential in a speech at the Heritage … Continue Reading

August 01, 2017

Donnelly and Young Urge Support for Dr. Jerome Adams to Serve as Surgeon General

Dr. Adams appeared before Senate HELP Committee Indiana's U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young meet with the nominee for Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Jerome Adams ahead of his confirmation hearing. Washington, D.C. - Indiana's U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young offer their strong support of Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Adams appeared before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and … Continue Reading

July 31, 2017

Senator Young Helps Launch Bipartisan CSIS Task Force Report on Development Assistance Reform

Senator Todd Young (R-IN) delivered a keynote speech announcing the release of a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Bipartisan Task Force report focused on reforming and reorganizing U.S. development assistance in order to achieve increased efficiency and effectiveness. Senator Young and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, served as the Task Force's Co-Chairs. You can find the full report, video of Senator Young's … Continue Reading

July 28, 2017

Senator Young's Statement Following Tonight's Healthcare Reconciliation Vote

Senator Todd Young issued a statement following tonight's healthcare reconciliation vote: "This morning, I voted to take another step towards relieving Hoosiers and millions of Americans from the burdens of Obamacare. Too many Hoosiers have been left with too few options and rising costs. It is more important than ever that we keep our promise to them and fundamentally reform our healthcare system. "Going forward, I will participate in hearings in the HELP Committee and continue to work … Continue Reading

July 25, 2017

Statement on Passage of Motion to Proceed

Washington D.C. -- Senator Todd Young issued a statement following the passage of a motion to proceed to the repeal and replace budget reconciliation: "Nearly everyone agrees that doing nothing is not an option. Insurers have fled the individual market and premiums continue to rise without any indication the law's death spiral will stop. Ultimately, it is imperative that we fundamentally reform our healthcare system and my vote to proceed to debate allows us to begin that process. I will … Continue Reading

July 24, 2017

Sens. Young and Donnelly seek applicants for USDA positions

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly are looking for qualified individuals to fill state-level leadership positions with the United States Department of Agriculture. Sens. Young and Donnelly will review applications and make a joint recommendation to President Donald Trump, who will then select the nominees. Qualified applicants can send their cover letter, resume and up to three letters of recommendation by August 18, 2017 for the … Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

Expert Witnesses Make Stunning Proclamations in Young Hearing on “Four Famines”

Washington DC - Senator Todd Young (R-IN) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing to examine the "Four Famines" and outline next steps to alleviate suffering in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Leaders, officials, and experts from the World Food Programme, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the United Nations Children's Fund, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and Refugees International testified. In his opening statement, Sen. … Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Senator Young Applauds U.S. Attorney Nominations

Washington D.C. - Senator Todd Young today praised President Donald Trump's nomination of two extraordinarily qualified Hoosiers to serve as U.S. Attorneys for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. The President nominated Thomas L. Kirsch, of Schererville, as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Kirsch is currently a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where his practice focuses on litigation and investigations. From 2001-2008, he served as Assistant … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Sens. Young and Manchin Propose Increased Accountability Measures for Department of Education

Washington D.C. - Today, Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced legislation to increase accountability at the Department of Education. Up to this point, the Department of Education has not implemented dozens of open recommendations crafted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). If this legislation is signed into law, the Department of Education would be required to provide either a timeline for implementation on any outstanding GAO recommendations, or provide … Continue Reading

June 29, 2017

Senator Young Applauds Nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams

Washington D.C. - Senator Todd Young released a statement following the nomination of Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as Surgeon General of the United States: "I commend the President on his nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as our nation's Surgeon General. The President would be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional person for this position. As our Indiana State Health Commissioner and a highly regarded anesthesiologist, he has devoted his professional … Continue Reading

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