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  • Rep. Banks Votes To Bring Relief to Affected Workers and Families
    Posted in Press Releases on March 27, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – After casting a YES vote on the so-called “Phase Three” coronavirus relief bill, The CARES Act, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) released the following statement: “This bill will keep the lights on in America. It is chiefly designed to put cash in the hands of Americans who need help with bills and making sure food stays on the table. I would have written a different bill—I am dismayed to see some pork stuffed into this one. I also wish it could have passed earlier this week, before Speaker P... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Postpones Service Academy Day to Later Date
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    Fort Wayne – In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Congressman Jim Banks has announced that the annual Service Academy Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. “Each year at Service Academy Day, I have the pleasure of meeting bright young students, intent on serving their country through the United S... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Urges Speaker Pelosi to Disentangle Medical Supply Chain from China
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim Banks sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to include provisions in the House COVID-19 stimulus package to disentangle the United States’ medical supply chain from China. “Difficult times like these require unity and responsible governance—but they also offer policymakers important lessons,” said Rep. Banks. “97% of antibiotics, and a large portion of pharmaceutical products used domestically are manufactured in China. Even if we discount the risk ... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Cancels Mobile Office Hours
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and directives from Indiana Governor Holcomb’s office that recommend “the use of remote work and virtual meetings whenever possible while maintaining operations,” Congressman Jim Banks has announced that his district office will be cancelling its mobile office hours indefinitely. “My staff and I are working around the clock to ensure the health and safety of Hoosiers. We will continue to work closely with h... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Statement on Noble County Coronavirus Case
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    FORT WAYNE – Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) released the following statement: “Our office has become aware that an individual at Parkview Noble Hospital has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Banks. “We’ve also learned that the East Noble School Corporation learned of the development and notified families and staff this morning that the infected individual does not have school age children.” Banks continued, “As such, my office reached out to Parkview Health, the Noble County Health Department and East... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Statement After First Indiana Case of Coronavirus Confirmed
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    FORT WAYNE – Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) released the following statement: “The Indiana Department of Health confirmed an adult male in Indianapolis who recently traveled to Boston has tested positive for coronavirus. He is now in self-isolation. “My office is in contact with the Centers for Disease and Control, Health and Human Services, the office of Governor Holcomb, the Indiana Department of Health and local officials as we monitor this situation. Both of my offices in Washington and Fort Wayne s... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Adds Coronavirus Resources to Official Website
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    FORT WAYNE – After the Indiana Department of Health confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the state, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) updated his website (banks.house.gov) to include helpful resources related to the coronavirus. Resources include: The latest information on coronavirus in Indiana Instructions for those experiencing symptoms Instructions for foreign nationals here who cannot go home due to travel restrictions Instructions for those planning to travel abroad Tips for prevention Those re... Read more

  • Reps. Banks and Rose Introduce Bill to Fix Loophole in GI Bill Benefits
    Posted in Press Releases on March 4, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) introduced a piece of veterans legislation designed to fix a loophole in GI Bill benefits. The loophole was brought to their attention by the American Legion. Department of Defense statistics from 2017 show that 70-percent of new servicemembers still pay $1,200 to keep their Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) eligibility even though a significant majority later opt to use the free and more robust Post-9/11 GI Bill. As the law is currently writte... Read more

  • VA Announces Indiana Among First States to Receive New Scheduling Software
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Last week, during a House Veteran Affairs Committee hearing, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced their intention to implement a modernized appointment scheduling system in Indiana VA health care facilities. VA clinics in Fort Wayne, Marion and Indianapolis will be some of the first sites to receive the upgrade (see chart below). Rep. Banks, who has fought to modernize the VA’s scheduling system as part of his role as the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcomm... Read more

  • Rep. Banks Statement on Senate Democrats Blocking Pro-Life Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – After Senate Democrats filibustered the Pain Capable Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, Rep. Jim Banks, member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, released the following statement: “Democrats in the House and Senate are completely out of step with mainstream America’s respect for the sanctity of human life. Today, Democrats blocked the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that would prohibit abortions past the 20th week of pregnancy when studie... Read more

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