Rep. Banks Encourages U.S. Service Academy Applications

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FORT WAYNE, IN—The office of Rep. Jim Banks is encouraging high school seniors in Indiana’s Third Congressional District to apply for one of the four U.S. Service academies – the United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. To be considered for a nomination, applicants must be legal residents of the Thi...

Bill to Rename St. Joseph VA Clinic in Honor of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski Headed to President’s Desk

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WASHINGTON—Today, the Senate passed a bill to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic” with unanimous consent. The legislation was sponsored by the entire Indiana delegation, passed the House unanimously on August 12, 2022, and now is headed to the president’s desk. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski served on the House Committee on Veteran’...

Companion to Rep. Banks' Bill to Expand Sanctions on Uyghur Human Rights Abusers Introduced by Menendez, Rubio

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced companion legislation to House Armed Services Committee Member Jim Banks’ bill, the Sanctioning Supporters of Slave Labor Act, to expand the current scope of sanctions on those committing human rights abuses against Uyghurs. The bill would impose secondary sanctio...

Indiana Delegation Introduces Bill to Rename St. Joseph VA Clinic in Honor of Late Rep. Jackie Walorski

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Indiana state delegation introduced a bipartisan resolution to name the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.” Rep. Jackie Walorski served on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for two terms, a role in which she championed important reforms to improve the quality and accessibility of services for our nation’s military ve...

Rep. Banks Introduces Bill to Protect American IP from CCP

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jim Banks introduced the Preventing PLA Acquisition of United States Technology Act of 2022 to prevent any federally funded U.S. research from being shared or conducted jointly with Chinese entities that participate in the Chinese Communist Party’s Military Civil-Fusion strategy. The legislation would prohibit U.S. research agencies, as well as universities, colleges,...

Rep. Banks on the Passing of Dr. John Crawford

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FORT WAYNE—Today, Congressman Jim Banks released the following statement in response to the unexpected passing of former long-serving Fort Wayne City Councilman Dr. John Crawford. “I am saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Dr. John Crawford. He devoted 20 years of his life to public service in Fort Wayne and he was a friend to me, a model public servant to every officeholder in northeast Indi...

Banks, Grassley Call on General Milley to Clarify Alleged Intercession In Chain of Command

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WASHINGTON – Today, House Armed Services Committee Member Rep. Jim Banks and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley took to the floors of the House of Representatives and the Senate to call on General Mark Milley to finally and fully answer questions about the reports that he inserted himself into the statutory chain of command—undermining civilian control of the U.S. military. In a speech today, Rep. Banks sai...

Rep. Banks’ Statement on Historic Dobbs Decision

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WASHINGTON—Rep. Jim Banks released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark Dobbs decision, which will allow Indiana to pass its own abortion laws. Said Rep. Banks: “Today is a joyful day and a turning point for the unborn in America. I will be celebrating tonight with my wife Amanda and our three daughters. I’d like to thank the thousands of pro-life advocates, conserva...

Rep. Banks Secures A-10, F-16 Transition at 122nd Fighter Wing in FY23 NDAA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Chairman’s mark of the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included language retiring 21 A-10 aircrafts at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base and replacing them with F-16 aircrafts. Said Chairman Banks, “As the only Member of Congress from Indiana on the Armed Services Committee in the House or the Senate, facilitating the transition from A-10s to F-1...

Lauren Tomkiewicz’s Legislative Proposals Included in FY23 NDAA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during markup of the House FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Rep. Jim Banks secured the inclusion of two legislative proposals from Lauren Tomkiewicz, the widow of Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz. The first amendment introduced by Rep. Banks ensures that the remains of U.S. service members are transferred on military aircrafts. If extenuating logistical circu...

Rep. Banks Introduces the Taiwan Weapons Exports Act

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WASHINGTON—Today, House Armed Services Committee Member Jim Banks announced the Taiwan Weapons Export Act, legislation to fast-track delivery of critical weapons to Taiwan by expediting Congressional approval and eliminating administrative roadblocks. The bill is companion legislation to Senator Josh Hawley’s bill in the Senate. Said Rep. Banks: “China breached Taiwan’s airspace a record number of...

Rep. Jim Banks Reacts to Veto Override

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FORT WAYNE—Today, Congressman Jim Banks released the following statement in response to the Indiana legislature overturning Governor Holcomb’s veto of HB 1041, legislation to prohibit biological males from competing in women’s or girl’s athletics in K-12 schools. “I’m proud of our statehouse for setting a good example for legislatures nationwide, and most of all, for standing up for Hoosier girls ...

Rep. Banks Introduces the Respectful Treatment of Unborn Remains Act

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WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Respectful Treatment of Unborn Remains Act, legislation to prohibit abortion providers from placing fetal remains or medical waste associated with an abortion into any device that connects to a public waterway. The bill would disallow fetuses, embryos, and all materials used for abortions from being placed into toilets, sinks, disposals, or any other...

Rep. Banks Introduces the Communist Visa Transparency Act

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WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Communist Visa Transparency Act, legislation to require all visa applicants to the United States to report any affiliation with a communist party and to require applicants from China to report any affiliation with China’s military, paramilitary, law enforcement, public security, or national security forces. Said Rep. Banks: “Not a single Biden ad...

Rep. Jim Banks Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners

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FORT WAYNE—Today, Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) announced the winners of northeast Indiana’s annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students. The students were asked to create a piece of art that reflects the theme “Indiana.” The Winners for the 2022 Congressional Art Competition are: 1st Place: Reflections, Alessia Piatti from Central Noble Jr/Sr High School 2nd Place: Canoe Trip, S...

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