Democrat Joe Donnelly paid a visit to South Bend Friday to take a closer look at new energy alternatives in ethanol.
Indiana's second district congressman met with workers at the new energy plant.
Over the past few weeks, the house passed two bills to promote the use of ethanol.
Donnelly says the legislation will help bring jobs in our district and make the country more energy independent.
Congressman Donnelly stated, “When we're dependent on Indiana farmers, instead of Middle Eastern dictators, our country is much stronger. It's a national security issue and we can make military decisions based on our best interests.”
Meanwhile, Donnelly also talked about next week's house vote on President Bush's new Iraq surge plan.
The President wants to send more troops into Iraq and spend more money on the rebuilding effort there.
Donnelly says it is a critical vote.
He is expected to talk about the surge plan Thursday on the house floor.