NEW ALBANY — Though Sen. Joe Donnelly dropped by One Southern Indiana headquarters primarily to discuss jobs, the congressman was asked by 1si members about his views on the recent war rhetoric coming from North Korea.
Donnelly — a member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee — said the U.S. has an obligation to “hope for the best” while preparing for the worst.
“We are very concerned with the conduct of the North Korean leader,” Donnelly, D-Ind., said of Kim Jong Un and his declaration this week that North Korea would restart a nuclear reactor.
Sending U.S. military planes and carriers to the area shows that the United States is serious about responding to the North Korean threats, even though some may think they are only rhetoric, he continued.
“We fully intend to protect our friend South Korea, and we fully intend to protect the citizens of our country,” Donnelly said.
He was in New Albany for his third statewide tour since taking office in January. The “Hoosier JobsRoots” tour is a way to garner feedback on how the federal government can assist businesses and get the unemployed back to work, Donnelly said. He’s a co-sponsor of the America Works Act, which Donnelly said wouldn’t create extra tax burdens but would instead more effectively disperse funds to sectors that are prime for employment growth.
It would help grow sectors, such as manufacturing, that are key for Indiana, he said.
“It simply targets dollars to those areas where jobs are being created,” Donnelly said.
And getting money into the sectors where job creation is high is one of the requests Donnelly said he’s heard from people he’s met with across the state during his latest tour. The housing and automobile sectors are getting stronger, and in Indiana, and the agriculture industry is also solid, he continued.