4-13-2017 Rokita Report

Apr 13, 2017 Issues: Energy

Dear Fellow Hoosier,

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

  • Good Friday and Easter
  • New Solar Farm in Kokomo
  • Sachem Award Ceremony
  • North Korean Aggression



Good Friday and Easter

Today, we observe Good Friday by honoring the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for all mankind.  On Sunday, Easter will signify that sacrifice coming full circle as we celebrate his resurrection and the completion of God's promise.

As a practicing Catholic, my family and I consider these holidays to be special and sacred days.  Regardless of your religious views, though, Jesus's lessons on forgiveness, grace, and being a kind neighbor resonate.  We should all strive to live this way, and this weekend offers us the chance to spend time with our friends and family to reflect on what we have and how we can work to keep those values in our communities.  

Kathy and I wish you and your family a safe and happy Easter holiday.


New Solar Farm in Kokomo

It is very important for me and my staff to be out in the District meeting with constituents and attending local events.  On Thursday, my office attended the ribbon cutting for the new Inovateus Solar Continental Steel solar farm in Kokomo.  This site sits on what used to be the old Continental Steel plant, which the EPA classified as having been contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants.  It took 20 years to clean up, but now it is home to around 22,000 panels and will provide clean energy to about 1,000 Hoosier homes.  This project is a win for not only Kokomo and the 4th District, but for the entire state. 

These panels will be a source of clean energy for Hoosiers while creating local jobs.

Sachem Award Ceremony

On Thursday, my office also attended the Sachem Award Ceremony for Eva Mozes Kor.  Started by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005, the Sachem Award is our state's highest honor, awarded by the Governor for lifetime excellence and virtue.  Eva Mozes Kor was awarded the 12th Award in Indiana's history for her lectures and advocacy work. 

Mrs. Kor grew up in the Romanian ghettos before her family was forced onto trains and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where they faced unspeakable horrors.  After she was freed from the camp, she would go on to join the Israeli Army before moving to Terre Haute and earning her American citizenship.  She used her experiences to become an accomplished lecturer and founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute.  

Mrs. Kor's determination, strength, and hard work should serve as inspiration for all Hoosiers.  

Governor Eric Holcomb, IU professor Dr. James Madison, and Rabbi Sasso celebrate the work of Eva Mozes Kor at the Sachem Award Ceremony.


North Korean Aggression

President Trump has rightly expressed his frustrations and concerns with North Korea's ongoing testing of their Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) program.  Last week, the House passed two bills with my support to send a clear message to North Korea that we will not tolerate it's continued provocations and unauthorized nuclear tests.

H.Res. 92 was a resolution that I cosponsored to condemn North Korea's development of ICBMs.  The resolution also urges the prompt deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, and calls on the United States to apply all available economic sanctions on North Korea.  The bill passed the House 398 to 3.

H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act requires the State Department to consider designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.  North Korea's recent escalation of its nuclear testing program runs contrary to an agreement it struck with the United States in 2008 to scale back its nuclear weapons program in exchange for being removed as a state sponsor of terrorism.  As North Korea is not upholding it's agreement, we must reconsider our end too.  This bill passed 394 to 1.


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

Todd Rokita