01/16/14 Wednesday, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released his annual report for 2013. The report includes an outline of Donnelly’s legislative work, his efforts on behalf of constituents, a snapshot of his travel around Indiana, a rundown of his bipartisan efforts, and other highlights from his first year as the newest U.S. Senator for Indiana.
“There is a lot more wisdom in Indiana than Washington, which is why I put such a priority on being at home and listening to the people of our home state,” said Donnelly. “Hoosiers elected me to the U.S. Senate to be a common sense voice and to work with both sides to get things done. I put together this report to make clear my efforts to serve our state in my first year as Indiana’s newest U.S. Senator, and I look forward to continuing to work hard in year two.”
· Hosting or participating in 359 events in 49 counties over 162 days in Indiana.
· Progress made on preventing military suicides, promoting hiring of Reserve and Guard Members, addressing National Guard canceled deployments, and better serving our nation’s veterans.
· Receiving and responding to 333,744 emails, calls, pieces of mail, or faxes from Hoosiers within an average of 11 days.
· Progress made on Joe’s “Opportunity Agenda” and to pass a five-year farm bill into law—all focused on creating more jobs and improving Indiana’s economy.
· Work on 1,563 cases for Hoosiers seeking assistance with a federal agency, with more than $660,000 in benefits returned to Hoosier veterans and service members.
· Legislative efforts (bills, amendments, letters) with 17 Republican Senators.
· 260 U.S. Capitol tours for 1,674 Hoosiers from 51 different counties.