Whether Republican or Democrat, Speaker Bosma allows the federal office holder to update state legislators on issues facing the federal government. So far newly re-elected Senator Dan Coats and Congressman Joe Donnelly are the only other elected officials to accept the open invitation.
Rep. Mike Pence earlier this week addressed the General Assembly about the need for lawmakers in Washington D.C. to look at Hoosiers as an example in order to create a new federalism that limits the size and spending of the government.
"It will take policymakers in Washington D.C. starting to act more like Hoosier legislators," Rep. Pence said. "Indiana has led the nation in fiscal discipline, economic development and government reform."
Rep. Pence represents Indiana's 6th district and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives since 2000. He also served as the House Republican Conference Chairman from 2008-10.
The federal government in recent years, Rep. Pence pointed out, has increased spending to the point where the nation is adding trillions of dollars to the national debt every year. In addition, the government has attempted to pass a new national income tax that would devastate Hoosiers, Rep. Pence said, while constantly approving bailouts for failing companies and creating an expansive new health care system.
Gov. Mitch Daniels and House Republicans have also pledged to pass a two-year budget this session without any tax increases - unlike other Midwest states such as Illinois which recently passed a dramatic income tax increase.
He also added the federal government needs to create a sound fiscal policy that includes tax relief, increased international trade and help for small business owners.
"Fiscal discipline alone will not be enough to bring jobs and prosperity back," Rep. Pence said. "We must promote policies that will restore the incentive for Hoosiers to invest and take risks with confidence."
With Republicans now having a majority in the U.S. House in Washington following the November midterm elections, Rep. Pence emphasized there needs to be a new sense of American federalism. This includes reversing the policies of previous Congresses by decreasing the size of the federal government and not going beyond the limits of federal government as stated in the constitution.
The previous policies and increased spending, Rep. Pence addressed, has led to the federal government expanding beyond what most Americans want. Rep. Pence touched on the need of the federal government to no longer intrude on the rights of states.
"Some people forget the federal government didn't create the states. The states created the federal government," Rep. Pence said, quoting former President Ronald Reagan. "And my pledge to you is simple: This new Congress will rededicate ourselves to putting the 10th Amendment into practice."
State Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) represents portions of Allen and DeKalb counties.