National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Protecting Aviation, & More

Dear Friend,

Thank you for the opportunity to update you on the work of the 115th Congress.  I trust this finds you and your family well, as we work together to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington.

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In this week's Rokita Report

Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The purpose of this day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Responsibly disposing of prescription drugs is crucial if we are to tackle the opioid epidemic.  Stolen prescription pills are a major contributor of the epidemic.  By participating in the Drug Take Back Day and responsibly disposing of any pills you might have, but do not need, you can do your part and ensure that pills don't end up where they don't belong.  You can find local sites by visiting this siteprovided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Drug Take Back

The opioid crisis is a national health emergency.  As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, I chaired a hearing "Close to Home: How Opioids are Impacting Communities" to ensure that my colleagues could know about how this crisis is affecting our education system.  Last month, I unveiled the follow-up report to my School Safety Summit on Opioids and Cyberbullying.  I will continue to fight for Hoosiers and ensure that we overcome this crisis.

Standing Up for Indiana's Aviation Industry

Yesterday, the House passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  This bill provides needed certainty for the aviation industry.

Since 2007, Congress has passed over twenty-five short-term extensions of the FAA, but only one long-term reauthorization bill.    As the only Hoosier Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I take my role in protecting Indiana's airspace very seriously.  I voted in support of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, because it provides needed certainty to the aviation industry.

As a leading state for logistics, our airports are critical.  Indiana International Airport (IND) is one of the nation's fastest growing major airports.  It contributes $5.4 billion to the local economy and supports more than 22,500 jobs.  It's not just IND that contributes billions to our economy, the general aviation industry is responsible for nearly $6 billion in economic activity for Hoosiers. 

Congratulations Secretary Pompeo

This week, my friend Mike Pompeo was confirmed as Secretary of State.  This is great news for all Hoosiers and for our nation's standing in the world.

Secretary Pompeo and I were both new members during the Class of 2010.  Mike is brilliant and well deserving of this position at the Department of State.  His diplomatic skills and tenacious spirit are unrivaled.

Yesterday, he was representing the United States in Brussels at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers summit.  After this NATO visit, he will also visit important allies of the United States including Israel.  Earlier this year, as CIA Director, Mike had a historic meeting with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, a clear sign that President Trump's foreign policy and tough rhetoric are bringing that regime to the negotiating table, something Obama never managed to do in 8 years of trying to lead from behind.

Infosys Announces Indiana's Newest Employment Hub

Thursday, we got some exciting news in Indiana.  Infosys, an informational technology giant, has announced that they will invest $35 million to establish a 70.5-acre education center.  The center will be located at the old Indianapolis Airport terminal.  Construction will begin this year.

By 2023, Infosys plans to employ 3,000 people in Indianapolis.  This is the largest jobs commitment in state history and 1,000 more than the company originally announced last year.  Indiana is once again proving that we are the state that works.  Vice President Mike Pence was back home in Indiana to announce the good news.

Business is booming across our country.  Business confidence is at an all-time high.  We owe this to the market-boosting policies of President Trump.  He has been creating an environment geared towards job creation by rolling back red tape and cutting taxes.  

Thank you for your continued interest in Congress and for supporting my efforts to bring Hoosier common sense to Washington. Take care. 


Todd Rokita

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Miami County

Grissom Air Reserve Base is an important part of our nation's air defense.  This week, I heard from the Miami County Economic Development Authority about the latest plans for Grissom and what potential it has.

Funeral Directors

Hoosier members of the National Funeral Directors Association discussed the importance of providing veterans with dignified memorial services.

Franciscan Health

Dr. Mercy Obeime, of the Franciscan Alliance, discussed the impact of the opioid crisis on healthcare with me.  Franciscan Alliance is Indiana's largest Catholic hospital system.