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Pence to Obama: Repeal medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday asking him to work with Congress to repeal a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices that is helping to pay for the federal health care law. Pence said the law – which took effect Jan. 1, […]

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Sen. Coats offers bill to curb federal regulations

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Cost vs. benefit. Small businesses all across Indiana live and die by that creed, but excessive federal regulations tend to tip the scale too far toward cost, critics say. So Republican Sen. Dan Coats held a press conference Tuesday at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to talk about his […]

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State lawmakers go to Washington D.C.

By Melissa Maynard Stateline.org As a Democratic state senator in Maine, Chellie Pingree enjoyed frequent, freewheeling debates with her colleagues from both parties. She helped pass legislation to lower prescription drug costs for the uninsured, and watched proudly as the measure had a ripple effect in other states. In Indiana… Three members of Indiana’s congressional delegation […]

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Indiana senators say yes to budget, debt deal; House members split votes

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Indiana’s two U.S. senators voted Wednesday night for a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown and raise the nation’s borrowing limit but the state’s House delegation split its votes. Congressional leaders came up with the stop-gap measure that would reopen the government through Jan. 15 and raise the […]

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VA warns that benefits, claims will be delayed if shutdown continues

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki warned House VA committee members Wednesday that if the shutdown doesn’t end soon, come Nov. 1, more than 5.18 million beneficiaries – including veterans, family members and a portion of active duty service members – may not receive some $6.25 billion in payments. The […]

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Democrats say Stutzman’s comments are indicative of larger problem with GOP actions

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON D.C. – Democratic leaders are mocking a comment made by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd District, and saying it’s evidence that Republicans are without direction in a battle over the budget and health care that has led to a partial government shutdown. Democrats in Indiana and Washington held press conferences […]

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Indiana lawmakers say bipartisan talks necessary to end government shutdown

By Jessica Wray SHFWire WASHINGTON – A Republican congressman from Indiana says the partial government shutdown that took effect on Tuesday is a prelude to a bigger battle coming in two weeks. “I’m excited about that fight as well. I’ll take any reasonable bill to fight against a bloated, out-of-control government,” U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th District, […]

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Shutdown would mean little to most Hoosiers – for now

By Lesley Weidenbener & Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Most Hoosiers are unlikely to feel much impact if the federal government experiences a partial shutdown – unless it lasts awhile. The U.S. Postal Service will keep operating. Most state functions backed by federal dollars will continue unabated. And unemployment, Medicaid and other benefits will continue […]

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Pence urges repeal of medical device tax

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter Monday urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote to repeal the medical device tax that is helping to finance Obamacare. Pence told lawmakers that companies affected by the tax employ 20,000 Hoosiers. “The medical device tax is especially problematic for Indiana […]

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Anti-Obamacare group comes to Indy for town hall

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The conservative Heritage Action for American organization brought its anti-Obamacare tour to Indiana’s capitol city on Monday and called for Congress to defund the federal health care program – even if it leads to a partial government shutdown. More than 300 people showed up at the group’s town hall […]

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