12-2-2017 Rokita Report

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

  • Protecting Taxpayers from Secret Settlements
  • Indianapolis Service Club
  • Stopping Human Trafficking on Our Roads
  • Rokita Reading

Protecting Taxpayers from Secret Settlements

Americans are sick and tired of the special treatment given to members of Congress.  Taxpayers should never fund hush money used to protect the careers of politicians faced with allegations of sexual harassment.  That is why I worked with Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida to write bipartisan legislation that would put an end to taxpayers footing the bill to cover up harassment allegations against members of Congress.

Our bill, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, includes common-sense reforms such as:

  • Prohibiting the use of public funds to pay settlements or awards for sexual harassment or assault claims.
  • Disclosing all payments previously made by the Office of Compliance on its website (the name of the victim is expressly prohibited from being disclosed).
  • Requiring perpetrators to reimburse the taxpayers with interest.
  • Prohibiting non disclosure agreements as a precondition to initiate procedures to address sexual harassment or assault claims.
  • Permitting victims of sexual harassment or assault to make public statements about their claim, regardless of any previously signed non disclosure agreement.

This week, the House passed a resolution by voice vote that requires all Members of the House and our staff to undergo training for anti-harassment and anti-discrimination.  I strongly supported this resolution and cosponsored it. 


Indianapolis Service Club

On Monday, I addressed the Service Club of Indianapolis.  Members of the club are Hoosiers who served in the armed forces and seek to sustain high standards of patriotism and service in our society.  I shared with them my gratitude for their service.  They not only served our nation, but continue to have a guiding hand in shaping our nation today with their civic engagement.

Before my remarks, I made sure to meet with members of the Service Club of Indianapolis to hear directly from them on their concerns.

I spoke about how when they served in the armed forces, they protected our American Exceptionalism.  In defense of our nation, they defended the rights that we still stand for - freedom, the American way of life, and the self-governance that is built into our system.  Our Constitution exists to protect, not grant, these rights and remains the best document to do so that the world has ever seen.  After their military service, members of the Service Club of Indianapolis have engaged in civic service "to foster and perpetuate the principles of Americanism."  They engage in the some of the free activities made possible only by their service and sacrifice.  We honor all service-members by preserving our freedoms and keeping our Republic.


Stopping Human Trafficking on Our Roads

Human trafficking is a horrible crime.  It denies people their freedoms and tries to deprive them of their dignity.  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it is the fastest-growing and the third-largest criminal activity in the world.  In the House, we are addressing this issue with great urgency.  The full House has passed over a dozen bills this year that address this topic.  This week, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved two more bills on this issue.

The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act would prohibit felons who have used a commercial vehicle to commit a human trafficking felony from operating a commercial vehicle.  This is a common sense reform that prevents bad actors from returning to their crimes.

The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act focuses on the prevention of human trafficking.  The bill would designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  This individual would be tasked with increasing outreach, education, and reporting efforts on human trafficking at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Both bills passed committee by voice vote and I look forward to supporting them before the full House of Representatives soon.


Rokita Reading
A clickable offering of books and articles that I've read recently and highly recommend, as we strive together to "Keep the Republic."

As Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee, I recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.  As such, we should focus our assistance on helping elevate our fellow citizens and not creating dependence on government.  An informative article on this topic is this week's Rokita Reading.  What FDR Knew About Welfare was published in the Wall Street Journal and was written by James Payne of the Independent Institute.

Payne discusses his experience at a symposium of social workers and how the title of one session for at-risk youths, "A Hand Up Not A Handout," provided a "jarring reminder of how far the country has traveled in thinking about welfare."  According to Payne, "handouts can leave recipients less capable of taking care of themselves by lowering the drive to work."  This is because "to thrive, human beings need healthy expectations and purposeful challenges."

Good policy, doesn't leave people dependent on government but elevates them by solidifying the dignity of work.  Older generations understood this.  Octavia Hill, who spent a lifetime helping London's poor in the late 19th century, said that personal relationships and quid pro quo arrangements were vital.  Franklin D. Roosevelt said that "continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber." 


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

 

Sincerely,

Todd Rokita

  

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I spoke before the Service Club of Indianapolis on Monday.  Members of the club are former service members who now seek to sustain high standards of patriotism and service in our society.

On Wednesday, I met with representatives of the United Mine Workers.  These Hoosier miners have created great careers drawing out the resources that we use for electricity, literally fueling economic growth.  Their pensions are in jeopardy because the Obama administration's war on coal shut down many coal mines.  I will continue to champion the causes important to our coal miners.

Glenn serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Catholic Conference.  This week, he visited my office to discuss the federal budget and global assistance programs that are part of agriculture legislation.

Greg is a financial advisor from West Lafayette.  We discussed the impact of tax reform legislation on his business.  He was appreciative that the final bill did not jeopardize many retirement plans that he has helped Hoosiers set up.

 

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