Lawmakers hear state's business priorities
The presidential election may be the talk of D.C. and the media, but this is also a busy time of the year for federal policy conversations for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
In mid-August alone, Sen. Joe Donnelly, Senate candidate Evan Bayh and state Sen. Jim Banks, the Republican candidate for the Third congressional District, met with our committee members to discuss issues important to Indiana.
And Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, was the keynote speaker for our Indiana Conference on Energy Management, advocating the need for both sustainable and affordable energy.
While we may never agree on all matters with our congressional representatives, their overall willingness to engage, listen and act – by and large – in the best interests of the Hoosier business community and residents is a long-standing hallmark of Indiana’s delegation.
And we are very appreciative for that.
Our delegation also works together to pass common-sense legislation. Whether that’s Brooks with Donnelly on the law to combat opioid abuse, signed by the president last month; or Donnelly, joined by District 9 representative and Senate candidate Todd Young, leading the charge to suspend the medical device tax for two years.
These are just two of many examples.
In addition to a permanent repeal of the medical device tax, the Indiana Chamber is asking the delegation to support reforms in transportation funding, trade and the federal tax code.
We need to stop the piecemeal investment approach regarding the upkeep and enhancements of our roads, bridges and ports.
When it comes to trade, any agreement must be in the overall best interest of the country and, ideally, have a positive effect on Indiana as well.
And many from both sides of the aisle have acknowledged there are issues with the tax code, most notably the complexity of compliance and having the highest corporate tax rate in the world.
We are hopeful that the new Congress will come together to take meaningful action on these issues.
It is imperative that the federal government focus on economic growth, expanding markets and free trade.
We can accomplish much more working together – regardless of party – and concentrating on putting people to work and putting our nation’s fiscal and economic houses in order.
Through our annual D.C. Fly-in event on Sept. 14-15, all Hoosier business leaders have the opportunity to discuss federal policy with their members of Congress.
The event features a roundtable discussion with Indiana’s congressional delegation on the opening night. Day two includes a panel of national and state election experts, followed by group visits to congressional offices.
For more information, go to www.indianachamber.com/specialevents.