Pence and Bettice meet

U.S. Rep. Greg Pence (left) met with Mayor Mike Bettice in Batesville.

U.S. Rep. Greg Pence made a stop in Batesville Aug. 21.

Congress “is on a summer recess that will go until about Sept. 9. I wanted to visit with the mayor (Mike Bettice) specifically to make sure we’re up to speed on anything he or Batesville needs.”

While making his way around the Sixth District, he has found that “wages are going up, so people are pretty happy.”

What are some of the important items Pence thinks Congress will be dealing with once it is back in session?

“The USMCA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is very important.” If passed, it will create more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports high-paying jobs for Americans and will grow the North American economy. “Everyone, from agricultural representatives to business people, are supportive of it. I’m hopeful that’s one that will be passed.”

“Broadband is kind of a big deal. We need to go back and expand rural broadband.”

There’s also the day-to-day items we deal with, including Social Security, veterans’ issues ... which are all part of taking care of business.”

The 62-year-old reports, “I spent most of my life in sales, so I know it’s important to grow relationships and know what’s going on.

“When we go and visit businesses and schools, I’m fascinated at the things they have going on.”

“For 30 years, I’ve been involved in politics in this area and helped with the campaigns of my brother (Vice President Mike Pence), and others, including Luke Messer and Todd Young. I knew what I had to do if I got elected.”

However, the legislator admits there are challenges to working in the nation’s capital.

“It has been a disruption to my personal life .... My wife and I decided not to move to Washington, D.C. We live in Columbus, so I don’t get to see my wife, kids or grandkids all the time. That’s been the most difficult.”

The Congressman says, “We’ve had a thousand people come out to D.C. from the Sixth District .... I really appreciate that.”

He encourages constituents, “Contact us and ask us anything. We’re happy to help you or direct you to the correct person who can help .... I have seven people here (in Indiana) and seven in Washington, D.C.”

Individuals can contact him at or at 812-799-5230.

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 220114.

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