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February 7, 2013

Donnelly to champion AMERICA Works Act again

Indiana senator sponsored failed bill in House in 2011



“It creates jobs and training and it helps save the middle class,” said Jeff Fanter, Ivy Tech vice president of communications and marketing. “Eighty percent of the new jobs will require an associates degree or some type of shorter-term certificate. This bill supports training and putting people back to work.” 

Donnelly blamed the failure to pass the bill — which he says already has support on both sides of the aisle — on the 2012 election cycle, and predicted that 2013 would offer a more friendly political climate. 

“I think this is not an election year, so that really helps,” Donnelly said during a Thursday conference call with Indiana media. “People focus on just the merits of the bill, as opposed to any political implications of it. For me, I thought it was good politics for everybody because if we’re making our state grow, our country grow, I don’t care if you’re Democrat or Republican, we just want to move the country forward. 

“I think all of those political agendas that might have been stopping it last time have fallen to the side right now.” 

Another coalition in the House will reintroduce the bill, Donnelly said. 

“We hope to both double-track at the same time, that one will not wait for the other, that it move forward together,” he said.

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