Coats Notes: Hearing From Hoosiers, Protecting the Second Amendment

Senator Dan Coats
2013-04-09 12:58:07
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Hearing From Hoosiers With no votes in the Senate last week, I had the opportunity to head back home to Indiana and visit with Hoosiers about the various challenges facing our state and country. A wide variety of events in communities like Bloomington, Kokomo, Lafayette, Plainfield and Indianapolis provided a chance for me to hear directly from Hoosiers. From small towns to cities, diners to large corporations, the message from Hoosiers was clear: we need more economic certainty and less government burdens. Local business owners shared the difficulties they are facing and how Washington's taxes and regulations are preventing them from hiring new workers or expanding operations. These sentiments are confirmed by a new report from the Department of Labor that revealed 90 million Americans are no longer looking for work. Our current labor force participation rate is 63.3 percent, which is the lowest it has been since the days of President Jimmy Carter. I also heard both alarm and fear from Hoosiers about the implementation of Obamacare. Many Hoosier business owners fear they may be forced to eliminate jobs or scale back hours. Hoosier parents shared with me their concern that Obamacare may bring higher premiums and increased health care costs. Hoosier workers are worried they will have to change their health insurance coverage because employers can no longer afford to offer it under the health care law. With 20,000 pages of regulations already issued and more to come, this law is causing incredible uncertainty for employers, workers and families. One of these regulations - the medical device tax - is a constant discussion topic everywhere I go. Indiana is home to more than 300 FDA-registered medical device manufacturers, employing 20,000 Hoosiers directly and another 28,000 indirectly. The 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers included in President Obama's health care law significantly impacts this valuable industry. This damaging tax, which went into effect in January, must be repealed before it costs more jobs and opportunity. The bottom line is Hoosier employers need Washington to get out of the way so they can flourish. Until Congress stops overregulating and works out a long-term deficit reduction plan, job creators are going to experience obstacles and frustration. As I told Hoosiers last week at every stop across the state, I remain committed to working with both sides in the Senate on policies that will grow the economy, get Americans back to work and reduce the burden of debt on our children and grandchildren. _____ Protecting the Second Amendment Another issue I have heard about from many Hoosiers is gun ownership. Legislation affecting existing gun laws currently is being negotiated in Congress, and I will carefully review the details of any bill that comes before the full Senate. This week I joined with a group of senators in writing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to express our support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Our letter, led by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), expresses that we will oppose any legislation that would infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms. The full text of our letter to Reid is below: Dear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance. The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens' right to self-defense. It speaks to history's lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history's warning about the oppression of a government that tries. We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions. As a father and grandfather, I want to make sure that children are protected. While no legislation can prevent deranged individuals from committing acts of violence, I believe more should be done to enforce existing gun laws more effectively and to address our mental health system. 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Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Hearing From Hoosiers 

With no votes in the Senate last week, I had the opportunity to head back home to Indiana and visit with Hoosiers about the various challenges facing our state and country. A wide variety of events in communities like Bloomington, Kokomo, Lafayette, Plainfield and Indianapolis provided a chance for me to hear directly from Hoosiers.

From small towns to cities, diners to large corporations, the message from Hoosiers was clear: we need more economic certainty and less government burdens. Local business owners shared the difficulties they are facing and how Washington’s taxes and regulations are preventing them from hiring new workers or expanding operations. These sentiments are confirmed by a new report from the Department of Labor that revealed 90 million Americans are no longer looking for work. Our current labor force participation rate is 63.3 percent, which is the lowest it has been since the days of President Jimmy Carter.
 
I also heard both alarm and fear from Hoosiers about the implementation of Obamacare. Many Hoosier business owners fear they may be forced to eliminate jobs or scale back hours. Hoosier parents shared with me their concern that Obamacare may bring higher premiums and increased health care costs. Hoosier workers are worried they will have to change their health insurance coverage because employers can no longer afford to offer it under the health care law. With 20,000 pages of regulations already issued and more to come, this law is causing incredible uncertainty for employers, workers and families.
 
One of these regulations – the medical device tax – is a constant discussion topic everywhere I go. Indiana is home to more than 300 FDA-registered medical device manufacturers, employing 20,000 Hoosiers directly and another 28,000 indirectly. The 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers included in President Obama’s health care law significantly impacts this valuable industry. This damaging tax, which went into effect in January, must be repealed before it costs more jobs and opportunity.
 
The bottom line is Hoosier employers need Washington to get out of the way so they can flourish. Until Congress stops overregulating and works out a long-term deficit reduction plan, job creators are going to experience obstacles and frustration. As I told Hoosiers last week at every stop across the state, I remain committed to working with both sides in the Senate on policies that will grow the economy, get Americans back to work and reduce the burden of debt on our children and grandchildren.


Protecting the Second Amendment
 
Another issue I have heard about from many Hoosiers is gun ownership. Legislation affecting existing gun laws currently is being negotiated in Congress, and I will carefully review the details of any bill that comes before the full Senate.

This week I joined with a group of senators in writing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to express our support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Our letter, led by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), expresses that we will oppose any legislation that would infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms. The full text of our letter to Reid is below:
 
Dear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,

We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that would infringe on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries.

We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.

As a father and grandfather, I want to make sure that children are protected.  While no legislation can prevent deranged individuals from committing acts of violence, I believe more should be done to enforce existing gun laws more effectively and to address our mental health system. We can work to achieve this goal without undermining the rights given to Americans in the Constitution. 

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Senator Coats and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks with the Indiana chapter of The Campaign to Fix the Debt.



Senator Coats receives the Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from the National Association of Manufacturers at Wabash National in Lafayette.


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