Coats Notes: Hoosier Taxpayers Should Not Have to Bail Out Other States

Senator Dan Coats
2013-08-02 18:24:04
<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 _____ Hoosier Taxpayers Should Not Have to Bail Out Other States Hoosiers should be proud of our state. While other states, as well as the federal government, continue to spend beyond their means, Hoosiers have learned to live within our means. In Indiana, we have balanced our budget, slowed the rate of spending, reduced our debt and received a Triple-A credit rating. As a result, Indiana is one of the most attractive places to live, raise a family, and do business in the Midwest, if not the nation. The Indiana story is one I am proud to share with my colleagues on Capitol Hill. As our country approaches a record high debt of nearly $17 trillion and as lawmakers debate spending levels for the upcoming fiscal year, the Hoosier model is one that Washington and other states should look to follow. Like the federal government, many states and cities are under water with debt as well. Two weeks ago, Detroit filed for bankruptcy- the largest municipality in U.S. history to do so. It was a move that will hopefully revamp the city and begin to put it on a financially viable path. But unlike municipalities, states cannot absolve their debts in this matter. Many states are spending well beyond their means and could try to turn to the federal government for a bailout. I want to take this option off the table. I don't think Hoosier taxpayers should be on the hook to pay for the overspending and debt of other states. For this reason I cosponsored the No State Bailouts Resolution which expresses opposition to federal bailouts of financially struggling states. This resolution should remind state governments that they are responsible for their own state's financial solvency. States shouldn't govern assuming a larger entity such as the U.S. Government will act as a crutch. The federal government should not be in the business of reconciling state budgets, especially when Washington can't even manage its own deficit. _____ Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act On May 30, 2012, Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl, a wife and mother of two, was tragically killed during a shooting spree at a Marion County apartment complex. Michael LeShawn Anderson shot and killed Koehl and injured three people before taking his own life as police were arriving. The Koehl family later discovered that Anderson, a veteran, was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan, and therefore requested the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to disinter his remains. Current law prohibits persons who "have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death" from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery. For nearly a year, my office has worked with the Koehl family to get a response from the VA regarding this improper burial and the family's request for disinterment. I have had multiple calls with VA officials regarding this case and received word earlier this week that the department will not remove the shooter from the cemetery. The VA claims it does not have the authority to exhume the remains even if an ineligible veteran was buried mistakenly in one of their cemeteries. I am offering a legislative solution to this. On Thursday, I introduced the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, legislation that would give the VA the authority it says it needs to resolve this unacceptable mistake and help provide the Koehl family with a sense of peace and closure. The victims and family members of this tragic shooting have suffered enough and deserve to have their request met. No one who commits a state or federal capital crime should be given the honor of a military burial and be laid to rest next to our nation's heroes. I am urging Congress to pass the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act and help ensure that our fallen veterans can rest in peace next to loved ones and fellow soldiers, not criminals. 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Dan Coats


Hoosier Taxpayers Should Not Have to Bail Out Other States
 
Hoosiers should be proud of our state. While other states, as well as the federal government, continue to spend beyond their means, Hoosiers have learned to live within our means. In Indiana, we have balanced our budget, slowed the rate of spending, reduced our debt and received a Triple-A credit rating. As a result, Indiana is one of the most attractive places to live, raise a family, and do business in the Midwest, if not the nation.

The Indiana story is one I am proud to share with my colleagues on Capitol Hill. As our country approaches a record high debt of nearly $17 trillion and as lawmakers debate spending levels for the upcoming fiscal year, the Hoosier model is one that Washington and other states should look to follow. 

Like the federal government, many states and cities are under water with debt as well. Two weeks ago, Detroit filed for bankruptcy— the largest municipality in U.S. history to do so. It was a move that will hopefully revamp the city and begin to put it on a financially viable path. 
 
But unlike municipalities, states cannot absolve their debts in this matter. Many states are spending well beyond their means and could try to turn to the federal government for a bailout. I want to take this option off the table. I don’t think Hoosier taxpayers should be on the hook to pay for the overspending and debt of other states.
 
For this reason I cosponsored the No State Bailouts Resolution which expresses opposition to federal bailouts of financially struggling states.

This resolution should remind state governments that they are responsible for their own state’s financial solvency. States shouldn’t govern assuming a larger entity such as the U.S. Government will act as a crutch. The federal government should not be in the business of reconciling state budgets, especially when Washington can’t even manage its own deficit. 
 

Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act

On May 30, 2012, Indianapolis resident Alicia Dawn Koehl, a wife and mother of two, was tragically killed during a shooting spree at a Marion County apartment complex. Michael LeShawn Anderson shot and killed Koehl and injured three people before taking his own life as police were arriving.

The Koehl family later discovered that Anderson, a veteran, was buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan, and therefore requested the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to disinter his remains. Current law prohibits persons who “have committed a Federal or State capital crime but were unavailable for trial due to death” from being given the honor of a burial in a national cemetery.

For nearly a year, my office has worked with the Koehl family to get a response from the VA regarding this improper burial and the family's request for disinterment. I have had multiple calls with VA officials regarding this case and received word earlier this week that the department will not remove the shooter from the cemetery. The VA claims it does not have the authority to exhume the remains even if an ineligible veteran was buried mistakenly in one of their cemeteries.

I am offering a legislative solution to this. On Thursday, I introduced the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, legislation that would give the VA the authority it says it needs to resolve this unacceptable mistake and help provide the Koehl family with a sense of peace and closure. 

The victims and family members of this tragic shooting have suffered enough and deserve to have their request met. No one who commits a state or federal capital crime should be given the honor of a military burial and be laid to rest next to our nation’s heroes. I am urging Congress to pass the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act and help ensure that our fallen veterans can rest in peace next to loved ones and fellow soldiers, not criminals.

 Coats in the News

Army vet to keep military honor despite killing Indianapolis woman

Ind. senators seek to change law that allows criminals to be buried in national cemeteries

Dems flip position on tax reform to embrace Obama’s new proposal

Lawmakers react to passage of student loan rate bill

 

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Coats with Hoosiers 


It was wonderful to meet Army Specialist Matthew Commons from West Lebanon. Matthew, a wounded warrior, sacrificed so much for his country. He is an inspiration to me, and I am grateful for his service to our country.


It was great to visit with Jeff Patchen, President and CEO of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Jenny Burch, Associate VP of Development for the museum.      


Library of Congress intern Shannon Hiday met with me on Wednesday before she returned home to New Castle.


 

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