Dan Coats

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Retiring U.S. Senator Dan Coats visited the WBOI studios to discuss state and national politics and his plans for the future.

Dan Coats

Part One of our conversation with Sen. Dan Coats  covered topics like foreign policy, including the Iran nuclear deal and the fight against the Islamic State.

Part Two is about domestic issues. WBOI’s Katy Anderson talked to Sen. Coats about the budget, the presidential primaries, and more.  

Dan Coats

Earlier this week, Republican Sen. Dan Coats stopped by the WBOI Studios to talk about some of the big issues Congress needs to address once members return from their August recess. 

In the first half of a two-part interview, WBOI’s Katy Anderson asked Sen. Coats about his thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal and the fight against the Islamic State. 

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Indiana Senator Dan Coats says he’s “profoundly skeptical” of the nuclear agreement announced Tuesday between Iran and a group of nations led by the U.S. It’s an agreement on which Congress will have a say.

Coats, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says he will carefully review the details of the deal before rendering a final opinion.  But he says he’s harkening back to a deal President Clinton made with North Korea – an agreement which ultimately resulted in that country obtaining nuclear weapons.

Former Rep. Baron Hill Will Run for Senate

May 15, 2015
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Former Democratic Congressman Baron Hill is running for the U.S. Senate—although he doesn’t plan to officially announce until June.

Hill told a group of Bartholomew County Democrats Thursday night he plans to run for the Senate seat Republican Dan Coats is vacating after 2016.

Hill is the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring.

Two Republicans—Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman and former Coats chief of staff and state GOP chairman Eric Holcomb have already announced they’re running.

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U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he wants to take the politics out of appointing federal judges, proposing a bipartisan commission to fill vacancies. Indiana’s federal system has three vacancies, with another on the way.

To fill judicial vacancies at the federal level, U.S. Senators submit recommendations to the president, who then submits a candidate for nomination to the Senate. 

Senator Coats says the system is fraught with politics, particularly when, as in Indiana, the two senators are from different parties. 

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U.S. Senator Dan Coats Tuesday announced he will not run for re-election in 2016.

Coats had spoken in recent months about whether to run again, noting that how Congress functioned with Republican majorities would play a major role. 

In a video statement Tuesday, the Hoosier Senator said choosing not to run was not an easy decision. 

“While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders,” he said.

Indiana leaders at both the federal and state level are exploring ways to encourage more growth in the state’s medical device industry.

Later this summer, the Indiana legislature will devote a study committee to investigating ways the state can help medical device manufacturers.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Dan Coats sat down with leaders from the industry in northern Indiana.  He says he came away with two avenues for helping the sector, including getting the Food and Drug Administration to ease some of the lengthy restrictions on approving new technology.

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On Sunday, citizens in Crimea will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not to secede from Ukraine.

The interim government in Ukraine -- and much of the West -- says the referendum is illegal and it won’t recognize the result.

All this comes amid growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence in the region. Russia has been raising its military profile near Ukraine in recent weeks.

This week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Putin’s actions and calling for consequences unless Putin relents.