General https://www.braun.senate.gov/issues/general en WANE | Sen. Braun calls for maximum penalties for criminals who target cops https://www.braun.senate.gov/wane-sen-braun-calls-maximum-penalties-criminals-who-target-cops <span>WANE | Sen. Braun calls for maximum penalties for criminals who target cops</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-04T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 4, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, August 4, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.wane.com/top-stories/sen-braun-calls-for-maximum-penalties-for-criminals-who-target-cops/">https://www.wane.com/top-stories/sen-braun-calls-for-maximum-penalties-for-criminals-who-target-cops/</a></p> <p>WASHINGTON (WANE) — Indiana Sen. Mike Braun restated his support Thursday for strengthening penalties for criminals who target police in response to the death of an Elwood police officer Sunday.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz had stopped the car of Carl Boards II of Marion, Indiana, when Shahnavaz was hit with gunfire.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Boards had previously been convicted of criminal recklessness and other charges in 2006 after shooting at Indianapolis police during a pursuit. Boards was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released after 13 years.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Man charged with murder in weekend slaying of Indiana cop<br /> Currently, the Thin Blue Line Act makes the targeting, killing or attempted killing of a police officer an aggravating factor in favor of maximum sentences, but that only applies to federal law enforcement.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Braun wants to make the law apply to local and state police as well.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “The career criminal who killed an Elwood officer also tried to kill cops 16 years ago and should have paid a stiffer price,” Sen. Braun said. “If you try to kill a police officer, you should pay the highest price possible.”</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 20:24:05 +0000 zach 1810 at https://www.braun.senate.gov Indy Star | Op/Ed: Indiana Republicans lead way on 'economically sound solutions' for climate crisis https://www.braun.senate.gov/indy-star-oped-indiana-republicans-lead-way-economically-sound-solutions-climate-crisis <span>Indy Star | Op/Ed: Indiana Republicans lead way on &#039;economically sound solutions&#039; for climate crisis</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-04T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 4, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, August 4, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2022/08/04/republicans-indiana-politics-climate-change-solutions-plans-2022/65390096007/">https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2022/08/04/republicans-indiana-politics-climate-change-solutions-plans-2022/65390096007/</a></p> <p>Over the last few years, the Republican Party has made significant progress in restoring its proud tradition of environmental leadership. Having served as the 2021-2022 Indiana College Republicans chairman, I see this trend is critical to bolster the party’s popularity and electoral competitiveness and must continue to accelerate.</p> <p>Notably, the party’s emerging environmental revival has been sparked by members of Congress from here in Indiana. Within a year of being elected to Congress, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun corralled a core of his Republican colleagues to form the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. The group regularly meets with leading businesses and entrepreneurs to hammer out commonsense, market-based climate and energy solutions.</p> <p>Sen. Braun’s initiative has helped inspire a conversation more broadly across the GOP — with leadership now calling for a serious U.S. response. In fact last June, the House GOP launched a new Conservative Climate Caucus with 70 Republican members, which includes our own Indiana Congressmen Jim Baird and Larry Bucshon.</p> <p>Staking out a leadership position on climate has allowed Republican leaders to advance better, more economically sound solutions. Congressman Greg Pence’s hydrogen innovation bill, Sen. Todd Young's farming conservation legislation, and Braun’s Growing Climate Solutions Act, which passed the Senate with flying colors (92-8), are all clear examples.</p> <p>Braun’s bill — co-sponsored by Sen. Young, Congressmen Baird and Trey Hollingsworth — is positioned to be the first stand-alone piece of climate legislation passed in over a decade. By easing access to carbon markets, it would enable American farmers to be rewarded for their climate-smart practices.</p> <p>Republican-led solutions like these are proving to be popular legislatively, and they’re also vital to keeping the GOP popular electorally. A strong climate posture is necessary to win over my generation which, regardless of political belief,prioritizes climate action much more than older generations. To be a party of the future, the GOP needs policies to protect the future and that appeal to the voters of the future.</p> <p>While the GOP environmental stance has strengthened — and this development should be applauded and highlighted — more needs to be done to earn the youth vote. A winning GOP stance would showcase how Republican solutions are superior to the Democrats’ big-government approach.</p> <p>On this front, opportunity abounds. While the Leftcalls for the U.S. to turn a blind eye to its differences with China in the name of “climate collaboration” and Democrats plunge time and energy into hollow,unenforceable joint statements, the GOP should draw a clear contrast.</p> <p>Republicans should chart a course that holds countries like China and Russia accountable for their pollution, drives emissions reductions by boosting U.S. innovation and puts America first. Luckily, new research indicates that manufacturing and trade policy may be our biggest opportunity to do so.</p> <p>According to a first-of-its-kind report from the conservative-led Climate Leadership Council, U.S. manufactured goods are 40% more carbon-efficient than the world average — and three times more efficient than China’s. In fact, nearly every U.S. sector enjoys this “carbon advantage” over our biggest trade competitors.</p> <p>Despite this, the rules of the road offer U.S. manufacturing no benefit for their clean production. No matter how clean we become through innovation, under current trade policy, foreign polluters get a free pass for their pollution.</p> <p>In light of these findings, local businesses — including steel industry leaders — are calling for updates to trade and climate policy to unlock the U.S.’s carbon advantage, level the playing field and force foreign nations to play by America’s rules. While Democrats burden industry with their regulatory agenda, Republicans can boost US manufacturing by seizing on America's carbon advantage and transforming it into a competitive advantage.</p> <p>As we ride toward the 2022 midterms, our party’s leaders have a clear opportunity to turn the politics of the environment on its head and make it a winning issue for the GOP. This can — and will — advance Republican priorities and protect our country for years to come.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 16:16:05 +0000 zach 1808 at https://www.braun.senate.gov Senator Braun calls for maximum penalties for criminals who target cops https://www.braun.senate.gov/senator-braun-calls-maximum-penalties-criminals-who-target-cops <span>Senator Braun calls for maximum penalties for criminals who target cops </span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-04T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 4, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, August 4, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – Following the tragic murder of an Elwood police officer by a career criminal who had previously shot at police, Senator Mike Braun is restating his support for strengthening penalties for criminals who target police. Senator Braun has been an original cosponsor of the <em>Thin Blue Line Act</em> since his first year in office.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Carl Boards II, who shot and killed an Elwood police officer on Sunday, had previously been convicted of criminal recklessness (and other lesser charges) after shooting at Indianapolis police during a pursuit in 2006, striking the police cruiser multiple times. Boards was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but was released after 13 years.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The <em>Thin Blue Line Act</em> makes the targeting, killing, or attempted killing of a police officer an aggravating factor in favor of maximum sentences. Currently this only applies to federal law enforcement; the Thin Blue Line Act would apply this to local and state police as well.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “The career criminal who killed an Elwood officer also tried to kill Indy cops 16 years ago, and should have paid a stiffer price. If you try to kill a police officer, you should pay the highest price possible. I support making the targeting of police in a violent crime an aggravating factor in favor the harshest penalties available.” - <strong>Senator Mike Braun&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> ABOUT <a href="https://www.braun.senate.gov/senator-braun-supports-tougher-penalties-cop-killers">THIN BLUE LINE ACT</a>:&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <ul> <li>When a jury in a federal case considers whether to impose the death penalty, the jury must consider certain "aggravating" factors.</li> <li>Current law states that if the murder victim is a federal law enforcement officer or federal prosecutor, this fact shall weigh as an aggravating factor in favor of the maximum penalty.</li> <li>The Thin Blue Line Act provides the same level of justice to local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and first responders.</li> <li>It also enhances the penalty when a defendant targets a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or first responder solely because that individual has chosen to protect and serve.</li> </ul> # # #<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 04 Aug 2022 16:14:53 +0000 zach 1806 at https://www.braun.senate.gov Senator Braun Statement on Congresswoman Jackie Walorski https://www.braun.senate.gov/senator-braun-statement-congresswoman-jackie-walorski <span>Senator Braun Statement on Congresswoman Jackie Walorski</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-03T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, August 3, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Wednesday, August 3, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – Senator Mike Braun released the following statement regarding the life of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and two staff members who died today in a tragic accident.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Jackie Walorski was a tireless advocate for the Hoosiers she represented and a kind friend to everyone she met. She faithfully served her constituents and her Lord and Savior, and I trust she is now wrapped in the arms of Christ. This is a devastating loss, and we grieve for her two staff members – Zach and Emma – who had their whole lives ahead of them. Please join me and Maureen in praying for the families and friends of those lost on this tragic day for Indiana.” – <strong>SENATOR MIKE BRAUN<br /> &nbsp;</strong></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 22:01:24 +0000 zach 1804 at https://www.braun.senate.gov FOX NEWS | Sen. Braun mention Fox News: How Manchin was duped https://www.braun.senate.gov/fox-news-sen-braun-mention-fox-news-how-manchin-was-duped <span>FOX NEWS | Sen. Braun mention Fox News: How Manchin was duped</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-02T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 2, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Wednesday, August 3, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="align-left"><img alt="Braun" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f8523552-e8ef-44bf-aacc-fba609ded4e3" height="357" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Unknown.png" width="628" /><figcaption>WATCH VIDEO <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHGvzINOqwE">HERE</a></figcaption></figure></div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 18:09:12 +0000 zach 1802 at https://www.braun.senate.gov NEWSMAX | Sen. Braun to Newsmax: Inflation Reduction Act Will Do the 'Opposite' https://www.braun.senate.gov/newsmax-sen-braun-newsmax-inflation-reduction-act-will-do-opposite <span>NEWSMAX | Sen. Braun to Newsmax: Inflation Reduction Act Will Do the &#039;Opposite&#039;</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-02T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 2, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Wednesday, August 3, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/inflation-reduction-bill/2022/08/02/id/1081483/">https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/inflation-reduction-bill/2022/08/02/id/1081483/</a></p> <p>Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told Newsmax on Tuesday that the Democrat-sponsored Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which serves as an extension of the Build Back Better Act, will have the "opposite" effect on the American economy than its name suggests.</p> <p>Speaking on "Eric Bolling The Balance," Braun says this bill "is in reaction, of course, with their bad agenda."</p> <p>"They call it an inflation-fighting bill; well, it's just the opposite. It also raises taxes on manufacturers," which, as Braun points out, is problematic considering the United States is entering a "recession."</p> <p>The bill includes several provisions dedicated to climate change. The senator adds that the inflation-fighting bill will have a "neutral" effect on revenue.</p> <p>But according to the Tax Foundation, the "bill worsens inflation by constraining the productive capacity of the economy."</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 17:57:27 +0000 zach 1800 at https://www.braun.senate.gov Indiana Senators honor victims of Greenwood attack and commend Good Samaritan https://www.braun.senate.gov/indiana-senators-honor-victims-greenwood-attack-and-commend-good-samaritan <span>Indiana Senators honor victims of Greenwood attack and commend Good Samaritan</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-08-03T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, August 3, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Wednesday, August 3, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><strong>WASHINGTON</strong>—Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun and Senator Todd Young will introduce a resolution on the floor of the U.S. Senate condemning the attack that occurred in Greenwood, Indiana on July 17, 2022, honoring the memory of the victims of the attack, and praising the actions of Elisjsha Dicken who valiantly engaged and thwarted the shooter. The resolution is expected to pass unanimously around 6:00pm tonight.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Hoosiers are united in mourning for the victims of the senseless shooting at the Greenwood Mall and grateful for the heroic actions of the Good Samaritan that prevented the shooter from taking more lives. I am proud to recognize 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken of Seymour, Indiana here on the Senate floor today for defending himself and others in an act of bravery in the face of danger. ”— <strong>Sen. Mike Braun</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> “On July 17, a tragic shooting occurred in my home county at the Greenwood Park Mall, resulting in the deaths of three innocent victims. As we condemn the shooting and continue to grieve the lives lost in this horrific incident, we are thankful for the quick actions taken by Eli Dicken and first responders. There is no doubt that Eli's bravery and decisive actions saved countless lives.” — <strong>Sen. Todd Young</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Resolution text <a href="https://www.braun.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2022-08/Greenwood%20Resolution%20.pdf">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> # # #<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 03 Aug 2022 17:43:06 +0000 zach 1798 at https://www.braun.senate.gov Roll Call | Retirement funds are ground zero in Senate GOP opposition to ESG https://www.braun.senate.gov/roll-call-retirement-funds-are-ground-zero-senate-gop-opposition-esg <span>Roll Call | Retirement funds are ground zero in Senate GOP opposition to ESG</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-07-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 28, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, July 28, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://rollcall.com/2022/07/28/retirement-funds-are-ground-zero-in-senate-gop-opposition-to-esg/">https://rollcall.com/2022/07/28/retirement-funds-are-ground-zero-in-senate-gop-opposition-to-esg/</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Senate Republicans are teaming up to curb retirement plan sponsors’ ability to consider environmental, social and governance factors in selecting investments, as a counter to the Biden administration's efforts to expand worker and retiree access to such investing.</p> <p>Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana this week unveiled a bill that would specify the fiduciary duty of plan administrators is to select and maintain investments based solely on monetary factors under 1974 legislation known as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a law that governs a broad range of retirement and health benefit plans.</p> <p>If plan sponsors want to consider non-pecuniary factors when choosing between funds, they could do so only if they are unable to distinguish them "on the basis of pecuniary factors alone," according to the bill text. Even if an ESG investment choice is able to meet that standard, plan advisers would also have to make lengthy justifications to include it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The bill essentially would reinstate a Trump administration Labor Department rule that took away retirement plan sponsors’ ability to direct investments into ESG options.&nbsp;</p> <p>The bill is also similar to recent legislation from Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, who joined Braun’s bill as a co-sponsor, as did Sens. Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.</p> <p>“This bill protects investors by ensuring investment managers only consider financial risk and return when investing on behalf of Americans saving for retirement,” Tuberville said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s my hope that Americans, who are already struggling with inflation’s negative impact on their investment accounts, will be protected from fiduciaries investing their money in ways that are not financially beneficial to them.”</p> <p>The legislation marks the GOP members’ latest attack on the ESG movement. In recent months they have ratcheted up criticism that ESG considerations such as climate risk are politically based and immaterial. Any regulations to encourage their inclusion are inappropriate, they say.</p> <p><strong>Signal of Republican plans</strong></p> <p>House Republicans tried to use a six-bill fiscal 2023 spending package to derail the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate risk disclosure rule through amendments in the Financial Services portion. But Democrats rejected that effort.</p> <p>While Braun’s legislation and similar bills are unlikely to advance with Democrats in charge, it may foreshadow what’s to come if Republicans take control of either chamber of Congress after the midterm elections this fall.</p> <p>"Forcing ESG standards on retirement accounts is a clear violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which requires fiduciaries to put the financial interests of plan participants first," Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said in a July 13 House floor speech. "ESG requirements pressure investors to subject retirement savings to low-yield investments. This is irresponsible."</p> <p>Democrats largely support ESG options and have sided with activist shareholders and sustainable investing organizations, arguing that such factors are just as material as traditional financial considerations. The Democrats' tight margin in the Senate makes it tougher to pass additional legislation to support ESG investors.</p> <p>That has led federal agencies to propose policies to meet President Joe Biden’s executive orders for an all-hands-on-deck approach on climate action, including climate-related financial risk.</p> <p>Last month, the Federal Thrift Savings Plan, which manages $782.2 billion in assets for more than 6.5 million federal employees and retirees, opened a limited mutual fund window allowing enrollees to select sustainable funds in addition to the plan’s basic options.</p> <p>“Federal employees should have access to the kind of sustainable investment options already offered in some public and private sector plans,” said Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF. The organization is composed of advisers, firms and banks that support sustainable investing, with members representing $5 trillion in assets under management.</p> <p>“Despite many delays, the [mutual fund window] will now provide participants with new investment options and the opportunity to choose from several sustainable investment funds,” she added.</p> <p>The Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration is also working on rules that would shield retirement savings and pensions from climate-related financial risk and other ESG factors.&nbsp;</p> <p>The agency is in the midst of finalizing a rule that would expand plan sponsors’ ability to consider climate risk and other ESG factors in their investments. Once finalized, the rule, which was proposed in October 2021, would reverse the Trump administration’s changes to ERISA, as well as boost ESG options in retirement plans and restore advisers’ ability to utilize their shareholder rights.</p> <p>In addition, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is mulling whether to propose additional rules to specifically focus on protecting 401(k) plans and pensions from physical risks and transition risks of climate change.</p> <p>Physical risks are risks from natural disasters and other events exacerbated by climate change, such as wildfires and floods. Transition risks are policy and business actions — or lack thereof — to wean the economy off of fossil fuels.</p> <p>ESG investors told the agency it should prioritize finalizing the rule before moving on to other proposals.</p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:40:47 +0000 zach 1796 at https://www.braun.senate.gov 95.3 MNC | Illegal border crossing has gone up the last year and a half https://www.braun.senate.gov/953-mnc-illegal-border-crossing-has-gone-last-year-and-half <span>95.3 MNC | Illegal border crossing has gone up the last year and a half</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-07-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 28, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, July 28, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.953mnc.com/2022/07/28/illegal-boarder-crossing-has-gone-up-the-last-year-and-a-half/">https://www.953mnc.com/2022/07/28/illegal-boarder-crossing-has-gone-up-the-last-year-and-a-half/</a><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Illegal border crossings have gone up significantly over the last year and a half and with it the number of illegal drugs seized at the border during these crossings.</p> <p>This is not being disputed by the White House. Sen. Mike Braun was able to question White House experts on the subject in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.</p> <p>“Since 2021, January, 3.2 million migrants have crossed the border illegally,” Braun said in the hearing. “We’ve intercepted 1.2 million pounds of illegal drugs, 16,000 pounds of fentanyl. That’s enough to kill the (American) population ten times over.”</p> <p>Braun questioned Kemp Chester with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in particular. He wanted to know if the way the Biden Administration is handling the situation at the border is aggravating drug traffickers into pushing harder to bring illegal drugs into the U.S.</p> <p>Chester said that it’s much broader than just the southern border.</p> <p>“The problem doesn’t begin and end at the southwest border, but rather it is deep in the country where those drugs are produced,” Chester said. “It is the conveyances that move them and their raw materials around the world and they are shipped in a variety of ways into our communities.”</p> <p>Because of this, Chester said they are approaching the problem “holistically” rather than just focusing on the border when it comes to drugs.</p> <p>Still, Braun pressed further on how it relates to the number of illegal border crossings and how building President Trump desired border wall might have helped.</p> <p>“(The wall) was our most important tool, along with the Stay In Mexico Policy,” Braun said. “So how do you explain why it’s gone from 40,000 to 60,000 illegal crossings to over 300,000?”</p> <p>Chester, as an expert on the drug trafficking portion of the problem, could not speak to whether the halting of wall construction or the Stay In Mexico policy would keep border crossings from getting worse. Instead, he eluded to the White House’s request for additional funding to help stop the movement of drugs into the U.S.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:15:00 +0000 zach 1794 at https://www.braun.senate.gov RECESSION: Braun slams Biden’s “reckless spending agenda” and “D.C. incompetence” https://www.braun.senate.gov/recession-braun-slams-bidens-reckless-spending-agenda-and-dc-incompetence <span>RECESSION: Braun slams Biden’s “reckless spending agenda” and “D.C. incompetence”</span> <div class="field field--name-field-post-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-07-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 28, 2022</time> </div> <span><span>zach</span></span> <span>Thursday, July 28, 2022</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><strong>WASHINGTON</strong>—Senator Mike Braun released the following statement today after the GDP fell once again in the second quarter, indicating a recession.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Following a wave of inflation Senator Braun predicted would be kicked off by the $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the U.S. economy has now contracted for the second consecutive quarter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“Hoosiers didn’t need a GDP report to know that they’re paying the price for Joe Biden’s reckless spending agenda and D.C.’s incompetence. Senate Democrats didn’t go for solution to cut wasteful spending and unleash growth, so what’s their plan? Hike taxes and spend another couple trillion we don’t have on stuff we don’t need!”</em>—<strong>Senator Mike Braun</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Last week, Senator Braun <a href="https://www.braun.senate.gov/senator-braun-forces-senate-vote-balanced-budget">put forth</a> a comprehensive solution to fight inflation by balancing our federal budget to unleash American prosperity and energy independence. The final vote on the Senate floor was 34-65.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ###</div> <div class="field field--name-field-issues field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Issues</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/issues/general" hreflang="en">General</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 19:11:31 +0000 zach 1792 at https://www.braun.senate.gov