7-8-2017 Rokita Report

Jul 8, 2017 Issues: Defense and National Security

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

  • Happy Independence Day!
  • Indiana Is Choosing Life
  • Keeping America Secure


Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday was Independence Day, which we celebrate every year to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  The Declaration was a radical document that said we were no longer thirteen colonies but a free nation with clear rights and values.  With it, the Founding Fathers laid out the guiding principles for our nation.  These are ideas that continue to guide us.

The founders created an inspired, some even say divinely, framework for self-governance.  Never before and never since have these principles been so clearly practiced.  We truly remain a nation that is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Our system of government and the inalienable rights of people that our founders recognized remain an inspiration across the world and serve as the cornerstone for American Exceptionalism.

I hope you and your family had a happy Independence Day and were able to appreciate the gift that we have been given as Americans.  I was happy to be at home in Indiana and to celebrate with my Hoosier neighbors.  I attended parades in Brownsburg, Lebanon, and Noblesville.  I enjoyed the festivities and personally reflected on our nation's storied history.  Our freedoms have come at a great price and to honor our nation, we must preserve them.  In doing so, we will keep our Republic. 

Indiana is Choosing Life

For the eight consecutive year, Indiana's abortion rate has dropped 8.5 percent statewide.  This is a testament to Hoosiers choosing to promote a culture of life.  Protecting life has long been a priority of mine.

We need to protect the rights of the unborn, who are the most vulnerable among us, and we can never speak too strongly for those who cannot speak for themselves.  I am proud to see that Hoosiers agree.  Earlier this year, I co-sponsored a bill that protected the power of states to steer funds away from abortion-centric facilities like those run by Planned Parenthood.  Instead states could fund community health centers.  I supported this bill all the way to the President’s desk because it would further decrease abortions in our state and our nation.  I will continue promoting pro-life values and do so by any avenue available including cosponsoring bills such as:

  • The Conscience Protection Act, a bill that allows health care providers to decline to be involved with abortions as a matter of conscience.
  • The Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which places a one year moratorium on all federal funding for Planned Parenthood until the organization can certify that it will not perform elective abortions.
  • The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits race and gender selective abortions.
  • The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that prohibits abortions beyond the point when science has determined that unborn babies can feel pain.


Keeping America Secure

American families should feel safe walking together, driving home, or visiting a convenience store. But for three families that lost one of their loved ones, that feeling of safety is gone.

More than three years ago, Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a man who had been deported five times and had been convicted of multiple felonies.  In January 2015, Grant Ronnebeck was murdered at a convenience store by a convicted felon out on bond while facing deportation.  In January 2016, Sarah Root was killed by an illegal alien drunk driving.

I want to make sure families don’t feel the kind of pain Kate’s, Grant’s, and Sarah’s continue to deal with.  That’s why, the House recently passed two bills: Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (Sarah and Grant’s Law).  These bills are common sense proposals that ensure sanctuary cities follow the law.  We would increase the penalties for those cities, that are acting in violation of federal immigration law.  This is one way we can keep our families safe and our nation more secure.  President Trump said that by passing these bills, we are carrying out the promises he made to the American people and that enactment is "vital to our public safety and national security."


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


Todd Rokita