The Journal Gazette
Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:00 am

Resolution honors Lugar's legacy on arms control

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

A group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution honoring the legacy of the late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

The resolution recognizes Lugar's commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and reaffirms a U.S. commitment to reducing nuclear dangers. The resolution was sponsored by Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Todd Young, R-Ind., and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

“At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization's greatest threat, Sen. Lugar helped save the world,”†Young said in a statement. Lugar's funeral was Wednesday, the day the resolution was made public.

The resolution calls for nonproliferation efforts by encouraging all parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to fully comply with the treaty, maintains support for the International Atomic Energy Agency and considers extending the New START Treaty, which will expire in February 2021. The resolution also condemns Russia's violation of the Intermediate-Range Forces Treaty.

The resolution will be introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., Jim Banks, R-Ind., Bill Foster, D-Ill., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., Ben Ray LujŠn, D-N.M., and Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.

“Senator Lugar was one of the greatest statesmen of our time. His leadership on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and the New START Treaty led to an era of denuclearization and peace,” Banks said in a statement.

“We now live in an era where these historic boundaries are tested. Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and China is rapidly investing in its nuclear enterprise,” he said. “If we are to keep the world safe from nuclear warfare, we must channel Sen. Lugar and ensure our adversaries comply with the nuclear standards of a more peaceful era.”

Hoosier polling

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is not Hoosier Democrats' pick for president, according to a new poll of Indiana registered voters.

We Ask America conducted the online poll from April 29 to May 5 and it has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Buttigieg is polling third – 20% – among self-identified Democrats behind former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. But his favorable rating is higher than unfavorable, with a whopping 40% having no opinion.

Disapproval ratings for President Donald Trump were 48% – a tad higher than his approval.

Fifty-four percent of those polled approve of Gov. Eric Holcomb; and 47% approve of Vice President Mike Pence.

The group also asked about embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who has faced groping allegations. While most had no opinion, 26% percent disapprove compared with 13% approving.†

The poll also included one policy question – do Hoosiers approve of raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 – with 75% in support.

That's a wrap

When all was said and done, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law every bill sent to him.

That's 293 new laws for those keeping count.

Senate staff said 636 bills were filed in the Senate and 130 passed – 20%.

House members filed 708 bills and passed 163 – 23%.

Over his three years in office, Holcomb has signed all but one bill – a bill creating a new fee for public records, which he vetoed.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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