Fair Shot Agenda Pillar: Safety, Opportunity
Known as the ‘Crossroads of America,’ Indiana is a logistics, manufacturing, and transportation hub. Modernizing and investing in our infrastructure is critical for us to remain competitive. I’m working to have a reliable and safe transportation corridor in Indiana for the continuous movement of people and goods. Our highways, waterways, railroads, and airports keep us connected. As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, I’m working to streamline onerous, costly regulations and boost investments in rural America.
I sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao in July urging funding for the I-65 Mobility and Access Project, and DOT announced that the Indiana Department of Transportation will be awarded $16 million to construct and modify four interchanges along I-65 in Boone County.
It is critical that we build and improve our recyclable markets. I helped introduce the Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act of 2019 (S. 2941) to increase both the quality and quantity of recycled materials.
I continue to value the historic landmarks in Indiana. The enactment of the Restore the New Harmony Bridge Act (S. 1833) allows Indiana and Illinois to reopen the historic Harmony Way Bridge.
I’ve been actively working to utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) for public infrastructure projects. I introduced the Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2019 (S. 932) to enable communities to establish P3s for needed public infrastructure improvements, such as in schools or public universities, by creating $5 billion in new private activity bonds for public buildings.
Introduced the Fair and Open Competition Act (S. 907) to lower government construction costs by increasing competition and opportunities for contractors to bid on government work.
Co-led the bipartisan Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Index Act (S. 1342) to ensure data is available for the rapid response and proper management of Great Lakes resources when future disasters occur.
Joined a group of Senators in introducing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (S. 2295) to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for another five years and increase its funding level from $300 million to $475 million by fiscal year 2026.
|Bill #||Bill Description||Updated|
|S.2945||Sponsored — A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 171 South Maple Street in Dana, Indiana, as the Ernest "Ernie" T. Pyle Post Office.|
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a consumer recycling education and outreach grant program, and for other purposes.
A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and for other purposes.
Broadband DATA Act
|S.1833||Cosponsored — Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act|
To prohibit United States persons from dealing in certain information and communications technology or services from foreign adversaries and to require the approval of Congress to terminate certain export controls in effect with respect to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., and for other purposes.
|S.1342||Cosponsored — A bill to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for each coastal area of the Great Lakes, and for other purposes.|
|S.553||Sponsored — A bill to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, and for other purposes.|
|S.168||Sponsored — A bill to retitle Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park, and for other purposes.|
|S.167||Sponsored — A bill to amend the National Trails System Act to extend the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.|