Braun, Carper, Johnson, Peters Bill to Crackdown on Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Improper Payments Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The legislation aims to cut down on government waste and improper payments made by the federal government – including overpayments, underpayments, payments made to...

Braun and Young Vote to Confirm Damon Leichty for Indiana’s Northern District Court

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today voted to confirm Damon Ray Leichty from South Bend to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Leichty was confirmed by the full Senate vote of 85-10.
 
“When President Trump and I were elected, Indiana was facing a judicial emergency. Fortunately, in the last two plus years, we’ve now confirmed five new well qualified judges in Indiana to remake Hoosier courts for years to come. Damon...

Braun, Brown, Peters, Portman Announce 'Build America, Buy America' Legislation

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (D-OH) today announced they will be introducing legislation this week to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America rules have not been fully implemented with respect to all federal programs that provide grants for the construction of infrastructure. This means American-made iron, steel and manufactured products are...

Senators Braun, Tester, Brown & Young Introduce Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the American Legion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the American Legion's 100 year anniversary of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and communities.

The resolution designates August 23 through 29 as "American Legion Week" to coincide with the Legion's 100th Anniversary convention in their home city of Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Senator Braun Offers Condolences to Family of Jasper Girl Scout Isabelle Meyer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Braun released the following statement offering condolences to the family of Isabelle Meyer, an 11 year-old girl from his hometown of Jasper, IN who died Monday in an accident on a Girl Scout camping trip in Perry County.

"In a close-knit community like Jasper, every loss feels personal," said Senator Braun. "My heart aches for Isabelle's family, and Maureen and I are praying for them and our whole hometown community."

President Trump's Executive Order is a Big Win for Healthcare Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following being recognized by President Trump for his work on behalf of healthcare transparency for American patients at the signing of today's executive order on transparency, Senator Mike Braun released the following statement and video. 

“President Trump is taking decisive action to bring transparency to negotiated hospital rates, which will reduce surprise medical bills and lower the cost of the healthcare,” said U.S. Senator Mike Braun.  “This executive order compliments...

'No Budget, No Pay' Clears Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Braun and Senator Rick Scott’s plan to prevent Congress from being paid without passing a budget was successfully added to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act by Senator Rick Scott today, clearing committee in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs meeting.

Senator Braun and Senator Scott originally introduced the No Budget, No Pay Act in January: Senator Braun's first piece of legislation. 

“In the real world nobody gets rewarded for not...

Young, Braun, Visclosky Urge Hoosiers to Provide Input on Blocked Railroad Crossings

Washington, DC - The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings.  U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Mike Braun (R-Ind) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA.

On June 14, 2019, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling...

Senator Braun's Statement on Retirement of Congresswoman Susan Brooks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Braun released the following statement regarding the retirement of Congresswoman Susan Brooks:

“Susan Brooks is a hard-working public servant who has spent her career fighting for Hoosiers.  In Congress, she was the first woman from Indiana to chair a committee, and has become one of the most effective lawmakers in Washington: her dedicated work on behalf of her constituents and our state will be missed.”

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Senators Braun, Sinema, Rick Scott, & Coons Introduce the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act of 2019, which removes the "origination fee" adding unnecessary debt to student borrowers’ overall student loan costs.

“Student loan origination fees are nothing more than a hidden tax that burdens students,” said Senator Mike Braun.  “This legislation is a step forward and offers one solution to...