A Hoosier Hero Laid to Rest

On Friday, I was honored to attend the Celebration of Life ceremony for Sgt. Charles Garrigus. Sgt. Garrigus was a farm boy from the town of Francisco in southern Indiana and served our country in the Korean War. 

Last May, I shared this Hoosier hero’s story on the Senate floor after he paid the ultimate price during the Korean War and never returned home to Indiana. Over seventy years after the war, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) was able to identify his remains and send them home. We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice and for the work of the DPAA who ensured that this hero was finally able to come home.

Read more about the life and legacy of Sgt. Garrigus here.


Bill Will Revitalize Distressed Neighborhoods

I introduced bipartisan legislation, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, to help revitalize housing in distressed neighborhoods in Indiana and across the nation. Currently, private development lacks in some urban and rural areas because the cost of purchasing and renovating homes is greater than the value of the sale price of homes. A lack of investment paired with poor economic conditions has caused once-vibrant Hoosier neighborhoods to struggle.

This bill would help restore these distressed communities by directing private capital into neighborhoods in low-income census tracts, bridging the gap between the cost of renovation and neighborhood property values. This legislation also includes important guardrails to ensure that tax incentives target the families that need it most, continuing the work to avoid the negative and lasting consequences that a lack of safe, affordable housing has on Hoosier families.

Read more about this important effort here.


Young Hoosier Leaders Recognized in DC


Congratulations to Indiana’s 2023 Senate Youth delegates Norah and Kerry. The future is bright for these young Hoosier leaders.

Every year, the United States Senate Youth Program selects two high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service for a week-long experience in Washington to learn more about the Senate and federal government. The delegates also receive a scholarship to a college or university of their choice to further their education.

If you or someone you know is interested in the Senate Youth program, more information can be found here.


Vehicle Suppliers Support R&D Legislation


Vehicle suppliers employ over 80,000 Hoosiers.

This week, I visited BorgWarner in Noblesville with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. My bipartisan American Innovation and Jobs Act would encourage manufacturing companies like BorgWarner to invest in more job-creating research and development.


How Broadband Can Improve Health Care for Expectant Mothers

Indiana historically has one of the worst maternal morality rates in the country. To help tackle this crisis, I introduced bipartisan legislation that would improve remote care for Hoosier mothers and help prevent life-threatening issues.

The Connected Maternal Online Monitoring Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide coverage recommendations for remote devices such as those that can check for irregularities in blood pressure, blood glucose, and pulse rates which can be indicators of potential pregnancy complications. It also requires CMS to update state resources, such as state Medicaid telehealth toolkits, to correspond with the recommendations provided. The goal is to improve maternal and infant outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women. 

Read more about this effort to protect mothers here.


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Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the U.S. Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead. 

In Service,