Coats hopes ‘miserable’ 2013 forces a change

U.S. Senator Dan Coats unveiled his legislative priorities in Lafayette Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
U.S. Senator Dan Coats unveiled his legislative priorities in Lafayette Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – U.S. Republican Senator Dan Coats said last year was so miserable in the Senate, he hopes that will force the chamber to get more done.

Coats unveiled his legislative priorities before a few dozen area leaders in Lafayette Wednesday evening.

He said the most important objective for his Roadmap for 2014 is protecting Hoosiers from the burdens of the Affordable Care Act, including trying to repeal the medical device tax. At the same time, he said he’s also working to replace Obamacare with different reforms.

Also on his roadmap are items like growing manufacturing and simplifying the tax code.

“I’m going to give all, every ounce of energy I have into pursuing these and other topics. I’m cautiously optimistic that it was so bad last year that a number of my colleagues will say we can make this better,” said Coats.

Coats told the crowd that his biggest goal is to deal with the country’s mounting debt caused by programs like Medicare and Social Security. Though none of his objectives address this specifically, Coats said he must settle for smaller objectives until President Obama shows signs of being willing to attack the problem.

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