Larry Bucshon

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Eleven presidential candidates and 52 congressional hopefuls have filed for Indiana's primary ballot.

All eight remaining Republican presidential candidates have qualified for the ballot, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who quit the race the same day his campaign turned in his petition signatures.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) will appear on the Democratic ballot.

All seven U.S. House members seeking reelection in Indiana will first have to survive primary challenges.

HHS Secretary Stands By Federal Review Of HIP 2.0

Jan 15, 2016
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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is shrugging off Republican complaints about a federal review of Indiana's state-run health insurance plan.

Burwell, who was visiting Indianapolis, says it's indisputable that the HIP expansion has meant health coverage for more Hoosiers, but says at least 30 states have gotten federal waivers to put their own stamp on health insurance plans, and says it's important to get objective measurements of which innovations are working and which aren't.

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Former state lawmaker David Orentlicher has announced his return to politics.

Orentlicher served six years in the Indiana House of Representatives before becoming a law professor at IUPUI. He’s returning to the political sphere to vie for the 8th district’s Congress seat.

He says he doesn’t believe the incumbent, Larry Bucshon (R-8th) has been representative of the 8th district, especially economically.

U.S. House of Representatives

Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

IN should be better off with new federal highway bill

Jul 5, 2012

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the much debated highway bill Friday.  It gives Indiana more money to cover projects already on the state’s agenda, such as Interstate 69.

Typically Indiana has been reimbursed 92% of the money it pays to the government in federal gas taxes. That will change to 97% when the new law takes effect in 2014.

Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-IN8) helped negotiate the bill.  He says he considers the change a success.

“We’ve been able to get rid of some of the Washington D.C. Bureaucracy and let the states keep their money.”