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Christina Hale Announces Run For Congress

Jul 12, 2019

Former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Christina Hale announced Thursday she’s running for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Hale is the second Democrat to throw their hat in the ring since incumbent Republican Susan Brooks announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.

Hale served in the General Assembly from 2012 until 2016, when she ran for lieutenant governor.

She will face Democrat Dee Thornton in the primary. Thornton will officially announce her candidacy on July 15. Hale says her political background sets her apart from her primary opponent.

Fifth District Rep. Susan Brooks Will Not Seek Re-election

Jun 14, 2019

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) will not seek a fifth term in Congress. Brooks announced Friday that she will retire at the end of her current term.

She has spent 16 of the last 22 years in some form of public service, and she said she's ready to spend more time with her family. Brooks said in a statement it was time for "new talent" in the 5th District.

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) met with superintendents and police officers Friday morning in Noblesville to discuss school safety and mental health. Noblesville West Middle School has been a focus of school safety talks since a shooting there in May.

Brooks is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Safety Caucus. She commented on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ possible reallocation of federal funds to allow states to purchase guns for schools.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.” (WFIU/WTIU)
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U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) says her recent visit to the southern border was “eye-opening” and “overwhelming.”

Brooks visited immigration facilities that housed thousands of immigrant children.

She says she doesn’t support any immigration policy that separates parents from their children. Still, Brooks says she was encouraged by what she saw at border facilities where thousands of children are held.

The second round of federal funding to address the opioid epidemic in Indiana has been announced. The state will receive $10.9 million from the 21st Century Cures Act.

Last year, Indiana received the same amount of funding from the law and put it towards efforts including expansion of residential treatment centers, an anti-stigma campaigns and enhancement of the state’s prescription monitoring program. 

These new grants will be administrated through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Immigration Roundtable: 'Find A Solution For DACA, Now'

Dec 12, 2017

Hoosier community groups and businesses have a message for Indiana’s congressional delegation: find a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act or DACA. The program allows minors who came to the country illegally to get an education and receive work permits.

It expires March 6, 2018 and the Trump administration has tasked Congress with finding a permanent replacement. There are several pending bills in Congress, including the DREAM act, which would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.

Activist Rally To Oppose 2018 Federal Budget

Aug 31, 2017

Faith leaders and community activists gathered Wednesday evening to rally against the federal budget soon up for consideration in Congress. The group is worried about deep cuts to federal health care programs.

Members of Congress will return to Washington next week to consider the 2018 budget.  And about 250 people who attended an Indianapolis rally urged them to reject plans to slash health care spending over the next decade. The Rev. Derrick Slack is one of the attendees.

Many supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied Friday in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Some Hoosiers say it will decrease general healthcare access for low-income residents.

An event outside of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks office in Carmel was one of many held across the nation. A few dozen supporters crowded the halls outside her office and police were called at the request of a building manager who was worried about a fire hazard.

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A $6 billion healthcare bill making its way through Congress could have significant effects on health, industry and research in the Hoosier State.

The 21st Century Cures Act was approved by a wide majority in the House Wednesday. It offers up nearly $5 billion in research spending through the National Institutes of Health, which funnels the cash to schools such as Purdue and Indiana University.

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Republican precinct committeemen in Indiana’s 4th and 5th congressional districts voted Saturday to return Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks to their reelection campaigns.

U-S Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita each withdrew from their House races last month to vie for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, vacated when Mike Pence joined the presidential ticket.

When Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb got the nod, Brooks and Rokita immediately announced their intentions to return to their reelection campaigns.

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