Break through Washington dysfunction to help Hoosiers
Jan 21, 2014 Indianapolis Star

By Dan Coats

It goes without saying that Ameri­cans are deeply frustrated with Washington’s dysfunction. I am too. Heading into the new year, the current session of Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in recent history.

I served in the Senate from 1989 to 1998, and since returning in 2011, I have found that in many ways the institution no longer resembles its ­former self. Many blame the lack of progress on a divided government, but this is not a new concept for America.

Throughout the first half of my term, I canvassed our state and heard directly from Hoosiers on how government is affecting their lives. At coffee shops, diners, schools, hospitals, mili­tary bases, farms and factories, I listened to Hoosiers’ stories and suggestions for better policies. Now I am ­unveiling a legislative road map based on those ideas. 

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