WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Braun is announcing the next week of stops on his Summer of Solutions Tour, visiting cities such as Liberty, Richmond, Spiceland, Batesville and more. Further events will be announced Monday. 

All information is subject to change and any member of the press looking to RSVP for an individual event must do so to Mary Owens at Mary_Owens@braun.senate.gov.

BACKGROUND

Below are a few of Senator Mike Braun’s solutions he will be discussing on the Summer of Solutions Tour, including proposals on lowering the cost of prescription drugs, the opioid crisis, student loans, federal spending and economic policies

  • Senator Braun: Restoring sanity to drug pricing. “Before being elected to the U.S. Senate last year, I spent 37 years building a business in my hometown, hiring hundreds of Americans and taking on the insurance industry to give my employees quality affordable health care while covering pre-existing conditions.  Today, I’m offering solutions to address the rising cost of prescription drugs by adding transparency to our pricing negotiations, clearing the way for more prescription drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and providing oversight and accountability for the pharmaceutical industry.”  (The Washington Times, 03/06/19)  
     
  • Senator Braun: Two straightforward solutions to help combat opioid crisis. “The opioid crisis is a plague on our communities that has left a devastating and permanent impact on Indiana and the country.  Here in Indiana alone, we have lost nearly 15,000 Hoosiers to drug overdoses since 1999 and the number rises each day. This year, opioids continue to be the biggest contributor in drug overdose deaths in our state. On average, we lose five Hoosiers a day to an overdose, and three out of those five individuals overdosed on opioids. Nationwide, we lose roughly 175 Americans a day to this crisis. … Hoosiers sent me to Washington to offer solutions. This week, I introduced two straightforward solutions to help combat this crisis through education and prevention: ensuring every patient knows the risks inherent in every opioid drug they take, and that every prescriber knows how these drugs can shatter – and end – lives.”  (The Herald Tribune, 05/20/19) 
     
  • Senator Braun: Solutions to eliminate the student loan tax. “Today, Senator Mike Braun 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 addressing our broken higher education system that fails to put students first.’”  (Press Release, 06/04/19)
     
  • Senator Braun: Solutions to finally get a grip on federal spending. “The massive spending deal, negotiated by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and agreed to by the president, looks poised to kill off the Budget Control Act of 2011—the law that was meant to restrain federal spending.  With that law on the way out, the question arises: Where can fiscal conservatives turn to exert real and lasting fiscal discipline?  Thankfully, two members of Congress have introduced a bill to do just that.  The Maximizing America’s Prosperity Act—or MAP Act—is a bill proposed by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., that would limit federal spending to a fixed portion of the economy, adjusted for economic conditions.”  (Daily Signal, 07/25/19)
     
  • Senator Braun calls on Congress to back America’s workers and approve Trump’s USMCA Deal. “The last time Congress meaningfully debated trade between our two North American partners, the Buffalo Bills had just lost their third consecutive Super Bowl and Mrs. Doubtfire was in theaters. In 1993, very few Americans had a cellphone, and no one had ever heard of buying a book on Amazon.  This is why President Donald J. Trump decided to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement was woefully out of date, and over time, our trading relationship with Canada and Mexico has fallen out of balance. President Trump kept his promise to renegotiate NAFTA, signing the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) in November 2018, but congressional Democrats are refusing to bring the USMCA for a vote, because it pains them to admit that President Trump is successfully delivering real results for our economy. … As a Main Street entrepreneur who has created hundreds of American jobs, I applaud President Trump’s action to rectify the longstanding inequities in our trade relationships that have hurt American workers. Now it’s up to Congress to hold up our end of the deal and ratify the USMCA.”  (The Daily Caller, 06/04/19)

SENATOR BRAUN'S "SUMMER OF SOLUTIONS"  TOUR STOPS:

For the Week beginning August 25, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:25 PM ET
National American Legion Conference
Open Press
Indiana Convention Center
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 2:15 PM ET 
Presentation of the Silver Star to Isaac Harter and Family
Open Press
115 N Pennsylvania Street
Suite 100
Indianapolis, Indiana
Background: Senator Braun will be presenting a Silver Star to the family of William A. Harter, a Hoosier soldier who was killed in action in Vietnam. The Harter family was erroneously presented a Bronze Star in a 1968 ceremony. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 8:00 AM ET  
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour
Visit to Draper Inc.
411 South Pearl Street
Spiceland, Indiana 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM ET 
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour
Blue Buffalo Manufacturing facility
4748 W Industries Road R
Richmond, Indiana 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:15 AM ET  
Union County Luncheon
Open Press
Liberty Bell Restaurant
216 S Main Street
Liberty, Indiana 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:45 AM ET
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour
Superior Oil
1500 Western Avenue
Connersville, Indiana
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 2:15 PM ET
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour 
Tour of Intat Precision Inc.
2148 IN-3
Rushville, Indiana

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Open and Closed Press - Media Availability following Roundtable
Roundtable with USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney
3240 Hurricane Road
Franklin, Indiana

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM ET
Open Press
Franklin County Breakfast Event
Brookville VFW Hall
26 W 8th Street
Brookville, Indiana 
 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 10:45 AM ET
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour
Hillenbrand Tour
One Batesville Blvd
Batesville, Indiana

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:15 PM ET   
Open & Closed Press – Media Availability Following The Tour
Tour of MGP Ingredients 
MGPI Guard House
652 Shipping Street
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 
 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET  
Open Press
Ohio County Coffee
Jack's Place
406 Main Street
Rising Sun, Indiana
 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 4:45 PM ET   
Open Press
Tour of the Ridge Winery
11048 E State Road 156
Vevay, Indiana

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