7-28-17 Rokita Report

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

  • Providing for National Security
  • Finishing Our Job
  • Sanctions Legislation
  • Women's Summit


Providing for National Security

Protecting our homeland is a national priority and a constitutional responsibility of the federal government.  On Thursday, the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.  This bill provides critical national security funding for the next fiscal year, combining the work of four of the appropriations subcommittees and funding for border security.

The Make America Secure Appropriations Act has important wins for America's soldiers.  The bill would provide additional funding for the Department of Defense, including giving our troops a deserved pay raise (2.4%, the largest pay increase in 8 years).  It fulfills the promises that we have made for our service members with support for seven million Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients.

The most secure energy policy for America is energy independence.  That is why the Make America Secure Appropriations Act provides for Department of Energy programs that reduce our reliance on foreign oil, keep down energy costs, and make use of all of America's natural energy resources, including Hoosier coal.

Finishing Our Job

I remain committed to finishing the job that the American people sent President Trump and a supportive Congress to do.  This week, the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act.  Last week, as Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee, I helped guide the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget through committee.  Earlier this year, the House passed theAmerican Health Care Act which originated from the Budget Committee and contained a repeal and replacement for Obamacare that included a Medicaid block grant proposal that I was a strong advocate for.  However, this is the last week before the scheduled August recess and there is still work to do.

I have called on my Congressional colleagues to postpone the August recess until we fulfill the promises we made to the American people.  The Senate’s inability to repeal and replace Obamacare last night was a big missed opportunity to begin putting the American healthcare system back together.  Unfortunately, too many in Washington are more concerned about what people in Washington think about Obamacare than the human toll in Indiana and other states.  Those obstructing Obamacare repeal have no interest in compromise just as they didn’t when they forced it on the American people with a party line vote.  They simply want to maintain Obamacare. I am disappointed, but not disheartened because we will get rid of this legislation because that is what the American people demand. 

Hoosiers are tired of seeing their health care costs rise and their insurers leave the marketplace.  Last month, two insurers announced they are leaving the individual marketplace in Indiana.  In our congressional district, at least 2,700 Hoosiers will lose their coverage and in 11 of 16 counties there will only be one insurer.  This drop in quality is solely due to the failures of Obamacare’s misguided government-knows-best approach.

I agree with Majority Leader McConnell’s decision to postpone recess for the Senate.  The Senate must take real action on Obamacare.


Sanctions Legislation

On Tuesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to pass theCountering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act.  This bill will provide sanctions against the following nations:

  • Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism.
  • North Korea, a country that refuses to stop their production of missiles, and neglects human life including the American college student Otto Warmbier.
  • Russia, who possesses a contempt for democracy and human rights, which threatens our global stability.

These sanctions are necessary to reverse eight years of President Obama’s failed foreign policy.  The previous administration ignored and empowered these states.  Iran received a favorable nuclear deal and the release of billions of sanctioned dollars, North Korea continually tests the limits of "strategic patience," and Russia seized control of Crimea and faced no repercussions for invading Georgia.  These sanctions would hold bad foreign actors accountable, keeping America safe.

This bill builds on the accomplishments of President Trump and Vice President Pence to restore the global respect and leadership of the United States.


Women's Summit

On August 18, I will be hosting the Second Annual Indiana 4th Congressional District Women’s Summit.  At this year’s event, we will discuss the opioid crisis, cybersecurity, personal and internet safety, human trafficking and the need for human interaction.

As you know these are all critically important topics that affect many Hoosier families.  As your Representative, your safety and security are a priority of mine.  The opioid crisis affects every city and community across the country.  No one is immune to this serious issue.  By coming together to hear from distinguished speakers about these various topics, we will all be able to walk away more informed on best practices.

Emily Longnecker, the Emmy Award Winning News Reporter with WTHR 13, will provide this year's keynote address.  The topic that she will discuss is "How to Remain Positive in a Negative World."

Jeff Ready and his daughter Kaitlyn visited the office this week.  Jeff was in town to advocate for small businesses as the Founder & CEO of Scale Computing.  Jeff will have a break-out session at the Women's Summit on internet safety solutions.  

The Women’s Summit will be hosted at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds.  For more information on this event and to register to attend, please call the Danville office at (317)-718-0404.


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


Todd Rokita