8-11-17 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

  • North Korea's Reckless Rhetoric
  • The Coast Guard Commandant at Indiana Port
  • 2017 Indiana State Fair
  • Intern Spotlight - Lessons from the Capitol


North Korea's Reckless Rhetoric

In recent months, North Korea's weapons program and the rhetoric surrounding it has become a growing threat to our nation’s security.  The rogue nation has baited the United States with threats of nuclear attack, most recently with their statement of intent to test missiles near Guam, a United States territory in the Pacific.  I stand behind President Trump and his administration.  The President is striking the right tone and our military is ready to back up the rhetoric if needed.

To provide President Trump with the tools needed to push back on North Korea, I supported the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act.  The bill adds and amends existing sanctions on North Korea and any individuals who enable the country.  The bill sanctions financial institutions that maintain relationships with North Korea and allows the President to sanction individuals for a variety of types of conduct.


The Coast Guard Commandant at Indiana Port

The Coast Guard is one of the country's seven uniformed service branches.  Our nation has 40,000 active-duty members of the Coast Guard who perform vital assignments including search and rescue, law enforcement, border security, and environmental cleanup operations.  In Indiana, the Coast Guard operates at ports across our state.

This week, I met with Admiral Paul Zukunft when he visited Indiana Port in Jeffersonville.  Admiral Zukunft is the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard and is the top commanding officer of a service branch with 41,700 active duty, 7,800 reserve, 8,300 civilian, and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists.  I let him know how thankful Hoosiers are for the Coast Guard's work in keeping us safe.

Thank you to Admiral Zukunft for the update on Indiana Ports.  Always appreciate hearing from the leadership of the service branches.

The Ports of Indiana are a vital system operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan.  With our location by the Great Lakes and the nation's Inland Waterway System, the state's ports serve the world's most productive industrial and agricultural regions.  Commerce in Indiana is booming and the ports are part of this boom.  Shipments reached nearly 5.7 million tons and grew by nineteen percent at the Ports of Indiana during the first six months of 2017 when compared to the same period last year.  This growth is due to increased shipments of coal, ethanol, fertilizer, minerals, and steel.


2017 Indiana State Fair

It’s that time of year again to think about taking a family outing to the Indiana State Fair. The Indiana State Fair is running through August 20 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “The Wonderful World of Food” as the fair will honor the three themes of Youth, Agriculture, and Education.  This year's Indiana State Fair offers a family-friendly environment where kids can learn about animals, agriculture, and food production.

Farming is a part of the Hoosier way.  The agriculture industry is a critical component of our food supply.  In Indiana's 4th Congressional District there are over 8,000 farms that spread across over 3,000,000 acres of farm land.  Nationwide, the district is one of the largest growers of corn (16th) and soybean (20th).


DC Intern Spotlight - Lessons from the Capitol

To conclude this week's Rokita Report, I wanted to let you hear from a different voice - the summer interns that have been serving you in my Washington DC office.  This is what they wanted me to share about their experiences.

"Working in Congressman Rokita’s D.C. office for the summer has been an invaluable experience for us to get a first-hand look at the federal government.  We have been able to work on group projects, write memos on important issues, and attend hearings on a variety of legislative topics like education and defense.  While our weeks are mostly spent in the office, we have found time to visit museums and other sites in the area on weekends.  Everything that you learn about in history class in elementary school and government class in high school comes to life in Washington.  Last week, we went to the Speaker’s Balcony as a group to get a great view of the National Mall."

Thank you Sasha, Erica, Beren, Grant, and Cole for your service this summer.

While attending Wabash University, I was an intern for Senator Dan Coats.  The experience inspired me to become active in government.  For more information about congressional internships with my office, please visit - https://rokita.house.gov/serving-you/internships.


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



Todd Rokita