Coats Notes: A New Direction in a New Congress

Senator Dan Coats
2014-12-19 17:21:56
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ 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 _____ A New Direction in a New Congress As 2014 comes to a close, I look forward with great expectation to the 114th Congress. I am committed to working with my Republican colleagues to govern more responsibly when we take control of the Senate in January. One of Congress' primary duties is to fund the federal government, but under the management of Harry Reid, the Senate has consistently ignored important spending decisions until literally the last minute. This forces senators to vote on large bills that fund the entire government, but inevitably include many items I do not support. Last weekend, I supported legislation that funds most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 and the Department of Homeland Security through February 27, 2015. While I believe the overall funding legislation was far from perfect, I voted for the bill that the House sent to the Senate because it does make many positive changes for Hoosier families. Some of these reforms include cutting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by $60 million and the Internal Revenue Service budget by $345 million, prohibiting an EPA regulation opposed by Indiana farmers and blocking any new funding to implement Obamacare. This is all in addition to necessities like funding our national security priorities and giving our troops a pay raise. Many Hoosiers have written me with concerns that the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress funds President Obama's executive amnesty plan. This bill does not fund Obama's amnesty because funds appropriated by Congress aren't being used to implement any of what the Obama Administration plans to do. Instead, the administration is going to pay for its plan by using visa fees, which are collected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This means that once the Obama Administration starts granting amnesty, it will be paid for by fees collected from those trying to legally immigrate to the United States, not funds appropriated by Congress. What Congress can do to stop President Obama's amnesty plan is pass a bill prohibiting the use of visa fees to implement the executive action or attach this language as a rider on an appropriations bill. Republicans wanted to attach such a rider to the spending bill Congress just approved, but given that Democrats still control the Senate, it had no chance of passing. This is why Republicans fought to only fund DHS through February 27, 2015. By funding DHS only through February, a Republican House and Senate can attach a rider blocking Obama's amnesty plan to the next DHS appropriations bill. Choosing between a massive funding bill and a government shutdown is absolutely the wrong way to govern. The American people deserve a Congress that returns the federal government to working order. In 2015, I look forward to joining my colleagues in focusing debate in the Senate on measures that will grow the economy, rein in federal spending and address the national debt. _____ Cuba Policy Change President Obama's announcement that he intends to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba is a reversal of American policy that dates back to President John Kennedy. Since 1961, nine Democrat and Republican presidents have supported the Cuba embargo that exists today. While I am grateful for Alan Gross' safe return to the United States, the president's announcement is further evidence that his foreign policy objective is appeasement. The president's action rewards the Castro regime at the expense of the Cuban people, who will continue to be denied fair elections, an independent judicial system and free speech rights. Coats in the News Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15882.18131013.5578745.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fsenate-passes-resolution-hono ring-abdul-rahman-peter-kassig> WISH: Dan Coats objects to Obama's Cuba plan <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15882.18131013.5578745.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwishtv.co m%2f2014%2f12%2f17%2fdan-coats-objects-to-obamas-cuba-plan%2f> WTHR: Sen. 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A message from Senator Dan Coats  

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


A New Direction in a New Congress

As 2014 comes to a close, I look forward with great expectation to the 114th Congress. I am committed to working with my Republican colleagues to govern more responsibly when we take control of the Senate in January.

One of Congress’ primary duties is to fund the federal government, but under the management of Harry Reid, the Senate has consistently ignored important spending decisions until literally the last minute. This forces senators to vote on large bills that fund the entire government, but inevitably include many items I do not support.

Last weekend, I supported legislation that funds most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 and the Department of Homeland Security through February 27, 2015. 

While I believe the overall funding legislation was far from perfect, I voted for the bill that the House sent to the Senate because it does make many positive changes for Hoosier families. 

Some of these reforms include cutting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget by $60 million and the Internal Revenue Service budget by $345 million, prohibiting an EPA regulation opposed by Indiana farmers and blocking any new funding to implement Obamacare. This is all in addition to necessities like funding our national security priorities and giving our troops a pay raise. 

Many Hoosiers have written me with concerns that the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress funds President Obama’s executive amnesty plan. 

This bill does not fund Obama’s amnesty because funds appropriated by Congress aren’t being used to implement any of what the Obama Administration plans to do. 

Instead, the administration is going to pay for its plan by using visa fees, which are collected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This means that once the Obama Administration starts granting amnesty, it will be paid for by fees collected from those trying to legally immigrate to the United States, not funds appropriated by Congress. 

What Congress can do to stop President Obama’s amnesty plan is pass a bill prohibiting the use of visa fees to implement the executive action or attach this language as a rider on an appropriations bill. Republicans wanted to attach such a rider to the spending bill Congress just approved, but given that Democrats still control the Senate, it had no chance of passing. 

This is why Republicans fought to only fund DHS through February 27, 2015. By funding DHS only through February, a Republican House and Senate can attach a rider blocking Obama’s amnesty plan to the next DHS appropriations bill.

Choosing between a massive funding bill and a government shutdown is absolutely the wrong way to govern. The American people deserve a Congress that returns the federal government to working order. 

In 2015, I look forward to joining my colleagues in focusing debate in the Senate on measures that will grow the economy, rein in federal spending and address the national debt.


Cuba Policy Change

President Obama’s announcement that he intends to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba is a reversal of American policy that dates back to President John Kennedy.

Since 1961, nine Democrat and Republican presidents have supported the Cuba embargo that exists today. While I am grateful for Alan Gross' safe return to the United States, the president's announcement is further evidence that his foreign policy objective is appeasement.

The president’s action rewards the Castro regime at the expense of the Cuban people, who will continue to be denied fair elections, an independent judicial system and free speech rights.

Coats in the News

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig

WISH: Dan Coats objects to Obama’s Cuba plan 

WTHR: Sen. Dan Coats named to U.S. Senate Finance Committee 

Chesterton Tribune: Coats urges State Department to assist religious minorities persecuted in Syria and Iraq  


 Stay Connected

      


 Coats with Hoosiers

 

On Friday, members of the Indiana Rural Electric Cooperatives presented me with the 2014 Friends of Indiana Electric Cooperatives Award.

I enjoyed meeting with members of the Indiana Soybean Alliance in Indianapolis this week.

 

It was great to meet with the Jewish Community Relations Council in my Indianapolis office.  


 

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