Hawley-Braun bill to declassify lab leak intel passes Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun and Senator Josh Hawley's bill to require the Biden administration to declassify U.S. intelligence related to the link between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the Senate. 

First introduced in April, the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 tonight passed the Senate by unanimous consent. 

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Senator Braun on the bill: 

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal revealed three researchers from...

Braun to Dr. Fauci: "Will you ask Pres. Biden to declassify COVID origin intel?" 

WASHINGTON - In a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee today, Senator Mike Braun asked Dr. Anthony Fauci - given his support for transparency in the investigation of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic - if he will recommend that President Biden declassify all intelligence related to a link between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the coronavirus. 

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In April, Senator Braun cosponsored legislation with Senator Josh Hawley to force...

Senator Braun and Congressman Carson introduce resolution to honor the 100th Anniversary of Wonder Bread

WASHINGTON — Today, Senator Mike Braun and Congressman André Carson (IN-07) are honoring the 100th Anniversary of the creation of Wonder Bread at Taggart Baking Company in Indianapolis by introducing a joint resolution. 

Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, began producing Wonder Bread on May 21, 1921. 
 
“Created by Hoosier immigrants, brothers Alexander and Joseph Taggart, and Alexander’s son, Alexander Jr., Wonder Bread became a staple in American homes, cafeterias, and...

Senator Braun & Leader McConnell introduce ‘Don’t Weaponize the IRS’ Act

WASHINGTON -- Senator Mike Braun and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today introduced a bill to prevent the IRS from being used as a political weapon against conservative non-profit groups. 

From 2010 to 2012, the Obama IRS spent over two years systematically targeting conservative tax-exempt groups. The Trump administration released a final rule in May 2020 that prevented the IRS from targeting certain tax-exempt groups based on their political beliefs. 

House Democrats’ H.R. 1 – the...

Braun & Grassley call for oversight on FEMA COVID Funeral Assistance Program

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun & Senator Chuck Grassley have sent a letter to Michael Horowitz, Chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, calling for oversight of FEMA’s Funeral Assistance Program. 

The Senators wrote in the letter that they are “concerned that the lack of congressional direction under this program, the high payment amounts of up to $35,500 per applicant, and the resulting guidance issued by FEMA will result in the Program being one rampant with fraud.”

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Senator Mike Braun calls for reinstatement of South Bend teacher suspended for bringing pro-life speaker to class

JASPER, IN — Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun is calling for the reinstatement of a South Bend teacher who was suspended for bringing in a Right to Life Michiana speaker to present to their health class at Clay High School. 

As reported in the Associated Press:

“Jackie Appleman, executive director of Right to Life Michiana, said her organization tailored its presentation for a public school visit and did not promote any religious or moral views. ’We just talked about the medical and scientific...

INDYSTAR: Sen. Mike Braun: The federal government should not reform local police departments

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Over the past year I have spent many hours listening to law enforcement officers and police groups, and as discussions of policing reform continue to dominate the news and threaten to upend the policing profession and the protections afforded to those who wear the badge, two things are very clear to me: No one does a more difficult job than our nation’s law enforcement, and the...

Senator Mike Braun reintroduces Promising Pathway Act (PPA) & The Accelerated Drug Approval for Prescription Therapies (ADAPT) Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun reintroduced two bills that will help get treatments to American patients more efficiently: The Accelerated Drug Approval for Prescription Therapies (ADAPT) Act and the Promising Pathway Act (PPA).

“Americans are clamoring for real solutions on healthcare. These two solutions were inspired by the lessons I learned in the real world by taking on the healthcare industry in my company and the stories I’ve heard from Hoosiers struggling with rising...

Senators Braun, Coons introduce new members to the Senate ALS Caucus

Senators Braun, Coons introduce new members to the Senate ALS Caucus

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) reintroduced the bipartisan Senate ALS Caucus with new members: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

Current members: U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO),  Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Boozman (R-AR),...

Braun reintroduces healthcare transparency bills

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun has reintroduced his Drug Price Transparency Act and Health Care PRICE Transparency Act

“As one of the leading voices on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform, I am proud to put forth much needed solutions to address rising prices and access challenges in several sectors of the health care industry,” said U.S. Senator Mike Braun. “These solutions will bring transparency to the healthcare system and in turn create more competition and drive down health...