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ENG: Peter John "Pete" Visclosky (born August 13, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 1st congressional district, serving since 1985. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district lies in Northwest Indiana and includes all of Lake, Newton, Jasper and Benton counties as well as a major portion of Porter County. Much of the population is based in the Chicago metropolitan area. Early life, education and career Of Slovak descent, Visclosky was educated at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's degree at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana and went on to earn his juris doctor from Notre Dame Law School. At Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Visclosky earned a master's degree in comparative law. He worked as a lawyer and ...
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Visclosky Slams Chinese Currency Manipulation

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., on Wednesday spoke out against Chinese currency manipulation on the floor of the House of Representatives and called for a vote on the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, House Resolution 639. Similar legislation passed the Senate Oct. 6 by a bipartisan vote of 63 to 35. “China … has aggressively acted to support and subsidize its domestic industries,” which has cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs, Visclosky said. Visclosky said it is estimated China has devalued its currency between 12 and 50 percent, giving its own exports a ...

Visclosky,Labor-Environ.Partn.Rally to Create 21st Cent.Jobs

Congressman Pete Visclosky and labor and environmental leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance —a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations —rallied to support investments and policies that will keep and grow jobs in Indiana, such as President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act. The rally took place at the United Steelworkers’ (USW) McBride Hall and featured State Rep. Chuck Moseley, USW District 7 Director Jim Robinson, and speakers from the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and BlueGreen Alliance, all who focused on millions of potential jobs that ...

Rep. Visclosky Wins Award for Congressional Website

Congressman Visclosky’s website has been named one of the best Congressional websites by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and given a 112th Congress Bronze Mouse Award for leading in design, transparency, and usefulness for constituents. CMF is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to improve communications between citizens and Congress and enhance operations in Capitol Hill offices. CMF reviewers assessed 10 categories of criteria in awarding Congressional websites: usability of website; timeliness of content; breadth and depth of information on issues; ...

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Visclosky Testifies at ITC Hearing on Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky testified for the seventh time this year at the International Trade Commission (ITC).  The hearing today was regarding circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe.  Below are a copy of Congressman Visclosky’s remarks as prepared for delivery and a pdf of the referenced letter to the Commission signed by Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman Visclosky.         "I want to thank Chairman Williamson, Vice Chairman Johanson, and all other members of the Commission, for the opportunity to testify today in the case involving circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe from Oman, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.         "As you are well aware, the steel import crisis is perilously threatening the livelihoods of the dedicated workers in steel communities throughout our nation.  The recent influx of illegal steel imports has prompted the initiation of nine steel trade cases, and today I am testifying here
Visclosky Introduces Legislation to Designate Northwest Indiana Lakeshore as a National Park
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Visclosky announced that he has introduced legislation to designate the Northwest Indiana lakeshore as a National Park.  Specifically, the legislation would retitle the “Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore” as the “Indiana Dunes National Park”.  The designation would create the first National Park in Indiana and the 60th National Park in the United States.  The intent of this legislation is to allow the dunes lakeshore to receive the full tourism benefits and recognition of being designated a National Park. Due to the vast biological diversity and geological features of the Northwest Indiana lakeshore, the first Director of the National Park Service, Mr. Stephen Mather, proposed designating the southern shore of Lake Michigan as the “Sand Dunes National Park” in 1916.  Unfortunately, this proposal was abandoned at the onset of World War I. Congressman Visclosky has long supported the preservation of and improved access to the Northw
Visclosky Statement on the Expansion of the Lake County HIDTA
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky released the following statement in response to the announcement that LaPorte County and Marion County have been added to the Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). “I am proud to have worked since day one to secure and support a federal HIDTA designation for Lake County, and the subsequent addition of Porter County.  I am pleased today that by expanding the Lake County HIDTA to include LaPorte and Marion Counties, we will be able to further improve our ability to regionally coordinate federal funding and intelligence resources to address the transportation corridors of drug traffickers and keep our communities safe.”     ###
Visclosky Announces COPS Hiring Program Grant Award for the City of Hobart
Washington, DC – Congressman Visclosky announced today that the City of Hobart has received a grant award under the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The COPS Hiring Program provides funding directly to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for the hiring and rehiring of entry-level career law enforcement officers in an effort to create and preserve jobs and increase community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.  The City of Hobart will receive funding for one officer with a focus of addressing drug abuse issues.  Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I applaud the City of Hobart for successfully seeking out and obtaining this COPS grant award.  Every single officer in the force helps to keep our communities safe and secure, and I am pleased that Hobart will be able to utilize the resources of the valuable federal program.” City of Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor stated, “We want to thank Congressman Vi

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