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Congress passes National Defense Authorization Act

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The National Defense Authorization Act, authored by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is on its way to the desk of President Barack Obama. Congress passed the bill, which would provide improved mental health care for military personnel and their families, Wednesday. “At a time when our nation faces significant challenges with […]

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Fishers Metropolitan Airport awarded a federal grant for upgrades

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers is preparing to upgrade a runway and install taxiway lighting thanks to a grant of more than $2.6 million. The Federal Aviation Administration announced the airport as a recipient on Monday. “Investing in our infrastructure, including our airports, is important to supporting business and […]

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History project aims to preserve stories from our nation’s veterans

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly announced Monday that his office will host a Veterans History Project event to collect the stories of our nation’s heroes. The Veterans History Project is an effort by the Library of Congress to preserve the historic experiences of those who served in the military by recording […]

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Sen. Donnelly requests updates on INSPECT program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly addressed his support of INSPECT, Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), in a letter to Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday. Donnelly requested a briefing on the INSPECT program in an effort to work with Pence to better respond to ongoing prescription drug abuse challenges in Indiana. […]

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Donnelly’s military mental health legislation moves forward

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s proposal to provide more mental health options for active military servicemen is on its way to the full Senate. The Service Member and Veteran Mental Health Care Package – also referred to as “Care Package” – is a component of the National Defense Authorization Act […]

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Congress considers a bill to curb drug abuse

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in Indiana has been re-introduced in Congress. Sen. Joe Donelly, D-Indiana, said he is resurrecting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education and Enforcement Act because abuse of opioids and heroin continues to rise nationwide. “Sadly, prescription […]

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Letter to the editor: Krull’s attack of Sen. Delph unfair

To the editor: It is always entertaining when liberal elites attack Christian Statesman.  John Krull, the former head of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, has developed a fetish for my state Sen. Mike Delph.  Truth be told Krull is mad that he was disinvited to moderate a 2014 Jewish Community Relations Council candidates’ forum in Indianapolis […]

Commentary:  Mike Delph and Joe Donnelly’s Christmas wish

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Commentary: Mike Delph and Joe Donnelly’s Christmas wish

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Dear Santa, Here I am again, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana. I hesitate to write you again because I know Christmas is a long way away and because you have been so generous to me already. In 2012, when I was running for my Senate seat, you whispered in […]

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Donnelly’s military suicide legislation signed into law

Staff reporter TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – President Barack Obama has signed a provision authored by Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly into law that’s meant to prevent military suicides by requiring mental health assessments for all service members. The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014 is part of the national defense bill and is named for […]

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Donnelly bill aimed at preventing military suicides could pass this week

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at preventing suicides among military members is expected to pass the U.S. Senate this week. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., authored the Jacob Sexton Military Prevention Suicide Act of 2014 because he believes the U.S. military needs to improve its mental health screening system. “This will be […]

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