8-6-2017 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

  • House Budget Proposals
  • Honoring Fallen Police Officers
  • The Importance of General Aviation


House Budget Proposals

As Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee, creating a balanced budget that works for Hoosiers is my priority.  A budget is a blueprint for government policy.  I want to share with you some details on two proposals that I worked on that carry out the job the American people sent Donald Trump and Congress to do.

The House Budget Committee passed the Building A Better America Budget earlier this summer.  Without raising taxes, our budget proposal places the government on a sustainable fiscal course that would end Washington's budget deficits.  The budget also tells Washington bureaucrats to stop hindering economic growth.  We lay out a vision for pro-growth policies, including deficit reduction, spending restraint, tax reform, welfare reform, regulatory reform, and repealing and replacing failed Obama-era policies like ObamaCare and Dodd Frank.  We do so while supporting the funding for troop training, equipment, compensation, and readiness that the previous administration neglected to do.  Learn more about the Building A Better America Budget by clicking here.

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) has unveiled its proposal, Securing America's Future Economy.  As a member of the RSC Steering Committee, I strongly support this vision.  It combines RSC initiatives to grow the economy and calls for fiscal restraint.  This budget grows the economy by ending government wage controls set by Davis-Bacon, implementing a National Right to Work, and prohibiting union work by federal employees on official time.  It also ends the cap on merit-pay for union workers by implementing legislation that I introduced, the RAISE Act.  Union workers should be eligible for the bonuses they earned.

Both budgets incorporate my proposal to roll back onerous federal rules on Medicaid through block grants.  Block granting Medicaid would allow states to innovate and tailor the program to meet the unique needs of their communities.  With these budgets we build on the leadership that President Trump and Vice President Pence called for with their budget.  These proposals show our joint commitment to offer real solutions.

Honoring Fallen Police Officers

On July 27, Hoosiers lost two of our finest in blue, Deputy Chief of Investigations James Waters from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Lieutenant Aaron Allan from the Southport Police Department.  Losing these two officers will leave a significant void in our community.

I have personally met with Deputy Chief Waters to talk about the destruction opioids cause in Indiana.  Waters was a dedicated public servant whose love for the community brought him to service.  Lieutenant Aaron Allan was shot in the line of duty while responding to a high speed car crash.  Representatives from my office attended the service for Deputy Chief Waters and I attended the service for Lt. Allan.

The "Sea of Blue" was in attendance to celebrate the life of Deputy Chief Waters.

Both Waters and Allan were making a difference in our community and were allies in keeping us safe. These officers chose to put their lives on the line for the safety of families in Central Indiana.  Kathy and my prayers are with both of their families and those serving in IMPD and the Southport Police Department.  I will continue to stand in support of our men and women in blue.


The Importance of General Aviation

Recently, I spoke on the House Floor about the importance of the general aviation community.  We are the neighbors and friends of Hoosiers.  General aviation consists of all civilian flying except for scheduled passenger airline service.  The general aviation industry brings nearly six billion dollars in economic activity to Indiana every year and gives back with time and treasure.

On Monday, I addressed the LaPorte Rotary Club during their annual Rotary Airport Dinner.  We met at the hangar of LaPorte Aviation, and discussed the benefits of a robust general aviation community with the club and how the community gives back.

The LaPorte Rotary Club's annual airport dinner was held at the hangar of LaPorte Aviation.

Organizations like Veterans Airlift Command and Angel Flight show the general aviation community gives back.  Veterans Airlift Command connects service disabled veterans and their families with needed care.  Angel Flight arranges free air transportation for children with any legitimate, charitable, or medically related need, and both individuals and health care organizations can take advantage of this service.  As a commercially rated aviator, I have flown for both organizations.  I appreciate the chance to take to the skies, give back, and become better informed as your representative by directly hearing from those in need.


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


Todd Rokita