U.S. Senator Dan Coats

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3:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Urges Speaker Boehner to Allow Gay Rights Vote

Credit Laura Ellis

Saying individuals deserve workplace protections regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is urging Republican Speaker John Boehner to bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act up for an immediate House vote.

The push comes after the Senate passed the measure by a 64-32 margin on Thursday with nearly a dozen GOP lawmakers joining Democrats.

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1:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Says After Taking Big Hit, GOP Should Unify and Focus on Deficit Talks

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In.,

Returning to Indiana this week, Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats says he disagreed with the strategy led by Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers such as Ted Cruz to de-fund the president’s health care law.

Coats has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act and introduced legislation to delay the law's mandates.

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10:40 am
Fri June 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Hires Former GOP Party Chair as State Chief of Staff

Eric Holcomb
Credit Indiana Republican Party

U.S. Senator Dan Coats has hired former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb to serve as his chief of staff overseeing all operations in state.

Earlier this week Holcomb was among a number of high-level GOP party officials who stepped down despite pleas from Gov. Mike Pence.

Indiana Republicans held the governor's office in the 2012 elections and added to their majority state House.

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3:06 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Senator Dan Coats Joins Effort to End So-Called 'Obama Phones' Program

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In.,

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In., is joining an effort to cut funding for a program aimed at expanding telephone service for the poor, which was attacked as the "Obama phones" program during the 2012 elections.

The Lifeline Program provides discounts on monthly telephone services for low-income consumers in order to ensure they have access to things such as 911 emergency services.

During last year's presidential campaign, however, conservatives pounced on the program after a supporter falsely claimed the Obama campaign was passing out free cell phones. 

The "Obama phones" meme gained a foothold in search engines and political narratives despite the fact it was created in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan.

Still, lawmakers are taking aim at the program in a bill being sponsored by Republican Senators David Vitter of Louisiana and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Coats says the program has ballooned under President Obama took office, expanding to include wireless service providers and spending increases from $143 million 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2012.

"Too often, Washington creates a program that may be well-intended, but ends up costing taxpayers more money because of poor implementation and a lack of oversight," Coats said in a news release. "As many Hoosiers and middle class Americans continue to struggle in this economy, they shouldn’t have to pay for a program littered with fraud that subsidizes free cell phones. I will continue to push Congress and the administration to examine every federal program to find ways we can be more efficient and save taxpayer dollars."

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3:28 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Senator Dan Coats Discusses Boston Terror Suspect's Injuries, Miranda Rights

U.S. Senator Dan Coats, R-In.,

Appearing on ABC's 'This Week', Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats of Indiana says the 19-year-old terror suspect apprehended in the Boston Marathon bombing cannot share any information at this moment due to a bullet wound to the neck.

"The information we have is that there was a shot to the throat. And it’s questionable whether — when and whether he’ll be able to talk again," Coats told 'This Week' host George Stephanopoulos. "Doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all."

Coats is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and was on the Sunday morning politics program to discuss the Boston attacks.

He was also asked whether the alleged bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, should have been read his Miranda rights after being arrested.

"I think we should stay with enemy combatant until we find out for sure whether or not there was a link to foreign terrorist organizations," Coats said.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Senator Dan Coats Receives Committee Assignments for 113th Congress

Calling for lawmakers to rise above partisan politics, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., announced Thursday he has been selected to serve on a number of key Senate committees in the 113th Congress.

Now the Hoosier state's senior senator, Coats will serve on the Appropriations, Select Intelligence, Commerce, Science, and Transportation panels, as well as the Joint Economic Committee.

"These important committee assignments will allow me the opportunity to continue the fight to rein in out-of-control government spending and strengthen our economic and national security," Coats said in a news release. "At a time when the greatest challenge facing our nation is excessive spending, I look forward to working on efforts to restore our fiscal health through my new role as the ranking Republican member of the Joint Economic Committee."

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6:39 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Coats Partners With Young to Help River Ridge Development

Joining Indiana Ninth District Congressman Todd Young, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In., has introduced a bill to help redevelopment at a former military installation in Jeffersonville.

Under Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) guidelines, the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant now operates as the River Ridge Commerce Center. According to Coats's office, the southern portion of the plant is reserved for economic development by the state and county, but it is not guaranteed legal protections.

The measure would ensure that all property owners of land formerly used as a military installation at the commerce center are compensated by the defense department.

From Sen. Coats's office:

"River Ridge is a promising economic development opportunity that could help boost the local economy and create jobs in southern Indiana,” said Coats. “This bill will provide potential job creators at locations like River Ridge the same insurance protections granted to developers and businesses on all other closed military installations. I am pleased to join Rep. Young in this effort and will work with my colleagues to get the legislation approved in the Senate.”

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3:33 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Coats Decries U.S. Reaching $16 Trillion Debt Mark

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In., joined a chorus of GOP lawmakers who are highlighting that the gross national debt reached $16 trillion on Tuesday.

Several Republican lawmakers have underscored that the debt hit the historic mark as the Democratic National Convention kicks off its re-election pitch for President Barack Obama.

Coast says the trillions in debt is no reason to celebrate and will burden each citizen, adding the the fiscal crisis is also a national security issues.

From Coat's office:

"Today, the United States national debt exceeded $16 trillion for the first time.

Although a historic moment for our nation, this is no occasion to celebrate. Instead, this sobering milestone is an indictment of Washington’s failure to address the most pressing challenge facing our country.

Our federal government’s unsustainable debt is not just a fiscal crisis; it’s a national security crisis as well. Overwhelming red ink jeopardizes the security of our country and makes us more vulnerable to the foreign countries providing the borrowed money used to subsidize our excessive spending. We must stop the bleeding.

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12:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Coats Calls Out Obama's New Immigration Policy

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In., says President Obama is overstepping his authority by halting the deportation of young immigrants.

On Friday, the president ordered his administration to stop expulsion of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, which bypasses Congress and implements parts of the DREAM Act. The policy change takes effect immediately and gives younger immigrants immunity and the ability to apply for work permits as long as they have no criminal history and meet other criteria.

Coats says the decision grants amnesty to illegal immigrants and was made to benefit the president's re-election campaign.

From Sen. Coats' office:

"The Obama administration’s announcement today is an obvious political move five months before Americans decide if the president deserves a second term. This new immigration policy effectively grants amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. The administration is overstepping its authority and bypassing Congress to implement the goals of the proposed DREAM Act. Unfortunately, this move – ignoring the Constitution and legislating through federal bureaucrats – has become standard operation under this president.

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