Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

WTCA: Rep. Walorski Visits Argos Schools

2016/02/05

Argos Schools had a special visitor Thursday afternoon when U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski stopped in for a visit with students.

Walorski_Argos_1She spent some time with high school students, stopping in to speak to Mr. Fishburn´s Government class.

Walorski_Argos_2The Congresswoman also visited with Argos Elementary, Jr. High and Sr. High Project Lead The Way students who were more than eager to show her their latest projects!

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Walorski Honors Rochester Firefighter, David Lawson, with ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’

2016/02/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) announced this week’s honoree for her ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’ initiative. During a speech on the House floor earlier today, Walorski congratulated David Lawson, a volunteer firefighter with the Rochester Fire Department, for saving a family from their burning home last month.

On the morning of January 19, Lawson was returning home after responding to an emergency call when he noticed smoke coming from a neighbor’s house. After contacting emergency responders, Lawson ran to the house and began knocking on the door. After waking the homeowners, Lawson helped remove the family members from the house safely. In honor of his heroism, Lawson received a commendation from Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler.

Although he may say that it is simply just part of the job, David Lawson’s courage and resolve to protect the residents of northern Indiana is truly remarkable,” said Walorski. “As a volunteer fireman, David selflessly puts his life on the line every day without expecting anything in return. On behalf of the people of Indiana’s Second Congressional District, I thank David and the brave men and women who represent Indiana’s entire first responder community for their collective service and commitment to protecting our loved ones.”

Walorski honored Lawson as part of her ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’ initiative. Each week, Walorski highlights notable Hoosiers, companies, and organizations that are making valuable contributions in the Second Congressional District.  

Watch Walorski’s floor speech here recognizing Lawson, or click the image below.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Votes to Protect U.S. National Security, Prohibit Administration from Lifting Sanctions to Bad Actors in Iran

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski issued the following statement after the House passed legislation that would strengthen congressional oversight of Iranian sanctions.

“In the time since the president’s nuclear deal with Iran, they have continually thumbed their nose at the United States. Iran has conducted two ballistic missile launches, flown a surveillance drone over a US aircraft carrier, fired rockets near US Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, and detained 10 US Navy Sailors. These repeated provocations are terribly concerning and prove that we should not be lifting sanctions on bad actors. As they continue to push the envelope in aggression against the rest of the world, we must hold them accountable to international agreements already in place.”

H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act would prohibit lifting sanctions aimed at Tehran unless the Obama administration has certified to Congress that sanctioned individuals or foreign banks are no longer supporting Iranian weapons development or terrorist activities.

H.R. 3662 passed the House by a vote of of 246-181 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

 

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Walorski Statement on Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement

2016/01/17

Mishawaka, Ind. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement on implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement:

“Since the Obama administration finalized the nuclear agreement with Iran this summer, Iran has continued behaving in a deeply disturbing and aggressive manner.  Despite the administration's best efforts to portray this deal in positive light, the facts on the ground and in recent headlines continue telling a different story. That was further highlighted by this week's ridiculous detention of ten U.S. Sailors during which they were publicly humiliated and forced to apologize on Iranian television. This event, among many others in the months since the agreement, should be a stark reminder of the threats posed by this regime. Yet, even with all we know, President Obama is moving forward in providing the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism with sanctions relief this weekend. 

“As Iran begins to see nearly $100 billion begin flowing back into their coffers, I remain committed to doing everything in my power to prevent these funds from being applied to the production of nuclear materials, acquisition of military goods, or support for terrorist organizations around the globe. This regime has never proven themselves trustworthy and I do not expect anything to change once they are $100 billion richer.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Walorski Votes to Protect Hoosier Farmers, Taxpayers from Burdensome Government Regulations

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after the House voted to disapprove of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule by passing a bill that would nullify the rule:

“President Obama continues to ignore the will of hardworking Hoosiers by expanding government regulation over ponds, ditches, and streams across Indiana. This rule will have serious consequences for our economy, threaten jobs, and significantly restrict the ability of Hoosiers to make decisions about their property. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that farmers, manufacturers, and others aren’t jeopardized by an overzealous bureaucracy and champion commonsense legislation that protects Americans from excessive EPA regulations.”

S. J. Res. 22, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.”  The resolution passed the House by a vote of 253-166 and now heads to the president’s desk.

Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972 to establish a federal-state partnership to protect our nation’s waterways. Despite the partnership established under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the limits to federal authority, the Obama administration has decided to increase the federal government’s scope of federal jurisdiction under the CWA.

Last year, Walorski supported the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which required the EPA to withdraw the rule and mandated the EPA work with local entities to develop a new set of fair standards.

 

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Walorski Reaction to State of the Union

2016/01/13

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement following the President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:

“Hoosiers deserve more than empty words from the president, they need bold action from their commander in chief. For the past seven years, we’ve waited for the president to articulate his solutions as well as ensure the safety of our country and after tonight, I’m still waiting.

“While President Obama proposes more burdensome regulations for our small business owners and farmers, Congress is working to repeal those executive actions. While President Obama continues to ignore the will of the American people and use executive actions to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, I’m working to ensure their freedoms are protected. While President Obama fails to articulate his plan to defeat ISIL, I’m working with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to ensure these radical terrorists are prevented from inflicting harm and abuse on America and our Allies.

“Hoosiers deserve lower taxes, less government intrusion, and the strongest military to protect our great nation. These issues, and many more, will require bold action and I’ll continue to work with my colleagues, regardless of party or politics on common-sense solutions, not just words, to ensure Hoosier middle-class families and small businesses that want and deserve better to improve their quality of life.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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Overnight Defense: Pentagon sees 'combat situation' in Afghanistan

2016/01/12

The Pentagon said Thursday that U.S. troops were in a combat "situation" -- but not a combat role -- in Afghanistan, despite a team of Green Berets getting pinned down in a firefight this week that resulted in one being killed and two injured.  

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the soldiers were in a "support backup" role, training, advising and assisting their Afghan counterparts, who lead in fighting the Taliban. 

 

 

"This is a combat situation, but they're not in the lead," Cook said during a briefing.

The team from 19th Special Forces Group came under fire on Tuesday and were pinned down for hours before another military team came to their aid. 

Two medical evacuation helicopters were initially sent, but one was waved off after taking enemy fire. The other landed safely but could not take off, Pentagon officials said, because its rotor had struck a wall. 

Cook said that helicopter has been transported to Kandahar Air Field, the largest U.S. base in the area after Camp Bastion was turned over to the Afghan government. 

HOUSE GOP REQUESTS BRIEFING ON MARJAH: Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), a retired Navy SEAL commander, and seven other Republicans are requesting a briefing from the Pentagon on the circumstances surrounding the death in Afghanistan of Special Forces Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock.

McClintock was killed after his unit was pinned down in Afghanistan, and there are claims that bureaucratic hurdles delayed backup support.

Zinke said he's heard from sources in the Special Forces community that air support and the quick reaction force (QRF) -- which provides backup and rescue to units in distress -- was delayed due to bureaucratic hurdles and the Obama administration's restrictive rules of engagement.

"I've commanded some of the finest special forces our nation has seen, and to think that these guys were abandoned by Washington while they were under fire is unthinkable and frankly against everything the U.S. military stands for," Zinke said. 

"If there was a decision to delay the QRF or call off air strikes on enemy combatants after the ground commanders ordered it, that is a clear dereliction of duty. I will be getting to the bottom of this. Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, his family and his unit deserve for the truth to be out there, and we need to make sure this does not happen again," he added. 

McClintock was fatally wounded earlier this week after his team of Green Berets came under fire in southern Afghanistan. Two other U.S. soldiers and a "number" of Afghan troops were also injured, the Pentagon said.

Two medical evacuation helicopters were sent to evacuate the dead and wounded, but one was waved off after coming under fire and the other struck a wall while landing and could not take off. 

It wasn't until hours later that McClintock and the other casualties were recovered. 

Zinke and House Armed Services Committee colleagues sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter requesting the briefing. The signatories included Reps. Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Jackie Walorski (Ind.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Dr. Joe Heck (Nev.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Steve Russell (Okla.).

STATE RELEASES MORE CLINTON EMAILS: The State Department released 2,900 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails on Thursday, after failing to meet a court-ordered deadline last week.

Thursday's document dump is likely to be the second-to-last release of Clinton's emails by the State Department, which has been ordered by a court to have the full 55,000 pages of emails to the public by the end of the month. 

Forty-five of the emails in Thursday evening's release have been deemed classified at some level, department spokesman John Kirby said, bringing the total number of emails with now-classified information up to 1,319. At least one of the new emails has been upgraded to a level higher than "confidential."

Last week's dump, which came on New Year's Eve, fell short of a court's mandate to release 82 percent of the supposedly work-related emails. Thursday's release will bring the State Department up to that benchmark, Kirby promised.

"In just a few short days, we've been able now to catch up to the 82 percent that we were responsible for," Kirby told reporters on Thursday. "We'll continue to do the best we can moving forward."

Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email address and private server throughout her tenure as the nation's top diplomat has continued to dog her presidential campaign. Many Democrats have dismissed the issue, but Republicans insist that it is a symptom of Clinton's ambitions to flout the rules.

HOUSE DEMS URGE IRAN SANCTIONS: Seven Democratic lawmakers are urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran after two ballistic missile tests.

"The United States and our allies must take immediate, punitive action and send a clear message to Iran that violating international laws, treaties and agreements will have serious consequences," the lawmakers wrote to Obama in a letter this week. 

"We understand the administration is preparing sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, and we urge you to announce such sanctions without further delay."

The letter was signed by Democratic Reps. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Albio Sires (N.J.), Gerry Connolly (Va.), Susan Davis (Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.).

In October and November, Iran conducted ballistic missile tests in violation of United Nations resolutions. The administration was reportedly close to levying new sanctions on Iran in response to the missile tests, but delayed the announcement.

In their letter, the lawmakers argued that Iran's recent behavior is especially troubling given the impending implementation of the nuclear deal.

"While not all of us share the same opinion on the JCPOA, we are united in our desire to ensure it is vigilantly enforced and to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons," they wrote, using an abbreviation for the official name of the deal.

"Inaction from the United States would send the misguided message that, in the wake of the JCPOA, the international community has lost the willingness to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its support for terrorism and other offensive actions throughout the region -- including in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip," they wrote.

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ABC 57: Lawmakers, officials respond to executive action on gun control

2016/01/12

After President Barack Obama's press conference on hisexecutive actions to reduce gun violence, several state and national lawmakers issued statements in response.

Senator Dan Coats, R-Ind. Released the following statement:

Once again, President Obama is trying to sidestep Congress and legislate from the executive branch. These unconstitutional executive actions disregard the separation of powers and infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I oppose any effort that infringes on these constitutional rights and will work with my colleagues to ensure our Constitution is respected.

Representative Jackie Walorski, R-Ind. posted the following statement on Facebook:

President Obama continues to ignore the system of checks and balances by going around the legislative branch. His latest executive action is yet another example of his deplorable overreach. This time he has blatantly infringed upon the Second Amendment by disregarding the rights of law abiding gun owners and sellers. I will work with my colleagues to fight against this administration's repeated practice of violating his constitutional authority.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller released the following statement:

As Attorney General I have fought the overreach of the federal government and constitutionally questionable executive actions of the Obama Administration so I will be working with my colleagues around the country to review any executive orders that may infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of individuals in the United States.

President Obama fails to realize that he has no credibility on the subject of guns. His constitutionally questionable executive actions only reinforce the fear among some that he seeks to limit their rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment as evidence by the rise in sales of guns and ammunition.

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WNDU: Community leaders respond to Obama's gun control announcement

2016/01/12

While President Obama received cheers in the nations capital today, the effects of his executive order could be felt here in South Bend.

"It's affecting my young people profoundly," Lisa Chavers of the Fremont Youth Foundation said. "That's a touch of the surface of what we need to be doing. Gun control should be in place. By having a background check, you're saying we know what this person is about. If we get to also deal with the mental illness we know they got that before we get the guns in their hands."

However, Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers fears this knowledge of mental illness could lead to more issues with doctors getting the FBI involved when its not necessary.

"You're going to have doctors that are anti-gun and realize that a patient has guns they are going to report it to the FBI," Sheriff Rogers said. "Even if they're on just a mild anxiety medicine or depression medication or anything. If somehow the doctor finds out they have a firearm, my goodness, the FBI maybe at their house the next day to seize it. They're going to be on that essentially "no fly list" of buying guns."

But for those who have experienced gun violence first hand, they think this is a good thing. Like Chavers, whose aunt was murdered in a cold case 20 years ago, and she lives around the corner from Fremont Park where a shooting took the life of Cornell Taylor, 19, in 2014.

"These kids are killing each other and it's a domino affect," Chavers said. "It's falling into young people's hands not adults to make decisions."

But Sheriff Rogers doesn't think background checks and keeping tabs on the mentally ill is the answer. He says President Obama's actions today were a type of political grandstanding and will not bring about any significant change.

"Any of the steps he's taking aren't going to stop mass murders," Sheriff Rogers said. "None. Any of the mass murders that have been investigated in this nation, none of these steps would have prevented that. It's basically politics. It's a feel good measure. It really doesn't do anything to make people any safer. If you think this is the end of it, you're mistaken because if he succeeds in this, he's going to continue to push further gun control on this nation. It's one step closer to a federal gun registry.

A number of Indiana and Michigan leaders have released statements in response to President Barack Obama’s Tuesday press conference on new gun-related executive action.

Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers said the following in a phone interview:

"Any of the steps he's taking is not going to stop any mass murders. None. Any of the mass murders that have been investigated throughout this nation... none of these steps would have prevented that. It's basically politics. It's a feel-good measure. It really doesn't do anything to make people any safer. If you think this is the end of it, you're mistaken, because if he succeeds in this, he's going to continue to push further gun control on this nation. It's one step towards a federal gun registry."



Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said in a statement:

“President Obama continues to ignore the system of checks and balances by going around the legislative branch. His latest executive action is yet another example of his deplorable overreach. This time he has blatantly infringed upon the Second Amendment by disregarding the rights of law abiding gun owners and sellers. I will work with my colleagues to fight against this administration's repeated practice of violating his constitutional authority."



Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District seat, issued this statement:

“As Attorney General I have fought the overreach of the federal government and constitutionally questionable executive actions of the Obama Administration so I will be working with my colleagues around the country to review any executive orders that may infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of individuals in the United States.

“President Obama fails to realize that he has no credibility on the subject of guns. His constitutionally questionable executive actions only reinforce the fear among some that he seeks to limit their rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment as evidence by the rise in sales of guns and ammunition.”



Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said the following:

“Once again, President Obama is trying to sidestep Congress and legislate from the executive branch. These unconstitutional executive actions disregard the separation of powers and infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I oppose any effort that infringes on these constitutional rights and will work with my colleagues to ensure our Constitution is respected.”



Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) made the following statement:

“As I’ve said in the past, I think it’s reasonable to consider ways to reduce gun violence while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that is why I am carefully reviewing the executive actions that were announced today.”

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Fox 28: Indiana politicians give their opinions on President's Executive Actions

2016/01/12

INDIANA -Indiana's US Senators as well as other policy makers are weighing in on President Obama's executive actions on gun control. The president wants to expand background checks on gun sales as a way to curb gun violence. 

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued a statement claiming Obama is inspiring fear among Americans that he'll limit their Second Amendment rights. 

"As Attorney General I have fought the overreach of the federal government and constitutionally questionable executive actions of the Obama Administration so I will be working with my colleagues around the country to review any executive orders that may infringe upon the 2nd Amendment rights of individuals in the United States.

"President Obama fails to realize that he has no credibility on the subject of guns. His constitutionally questionable executive actions only reinforce the fear among some that he seeks to limit their rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment as evidence by the rise in sales of guns and ammunition."

Republican US Senator Dan Coats, also criticized the President, sending several messages over Twitter:

Coats series of tweets read: "Once again, President Obama has sidestepped Congress in an attempt to legislate from the executive branch. These unconstitutional executive actions disregard the separation of powers & infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. I oppose any effort that infringes on these constitutional rights and will work with my colleagues to ensure our Constitution is respected."

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-IN agreed with Coats, issuing a statement saying,

"President Obama continues to ignore the system of checks and balances by going around the legislative branch. His latest executive action is yet another example of his deplorable overreach. This time he has blatantly infringed upon the Second Amendment by disregarding the rights of law abiding gun owners and sellers. I will work with my colleagues to fight against this administration's repeated practice of violating his constitutional authority." 

In his written statement, US Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, said he supported curbing gun violence but needed to take a closer look.

"As I've said in the past, I think it's reasonable to consider ways to reduce gun violence while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that is why I am carefully reviewing the executive actions that were announced today."
 

Fellow Democrat and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also used Twitter to express his opinion.

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2016-02-03 17:36:29


Walorski Reaction to Final State of the Union Address

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Congratulating AM General CEO Charlie Hall on Retirement

2015-12-16 21:07:37


Walorski Supports Imposing Sanctions on Groups that Engage with Hezbollah

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Walorski Supports Legislation to Strengthen Hoosier Manufacturing Industry

2015-12-11 17:18:50


Walorski Honors Miller's Vets with Who's Who in IN-02

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Walorski Supports Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015

2015-12-08 21:44:26


Walorski Remembers the life of Ezra Schwartz

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Walorski Announces Penn High School Principal as weekly 'Who's Who in IN-02' recipient

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Pray for Paris Condolence Messages from IN-02

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Walorski on HASC to Ambassador Crocker 'What is the role of the President?'

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Walorski Invited VA Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Visit VA Facilities in IN-02

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Testimony Before Health Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs Committee on HR 3471

2015-11-17 15:49:58


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Walorski Reacts to Paris Attacks on MSNBC with Chuck Todd

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Jackie Walorski is a lifelong Hoosier born and raised in South Bend.

Jackie has dedicated her career to helping Hoosier families. As the daughter of an Air Force Veteran and South Bend Firefighter, Jackie learned the value of public service at a young age. Her parents also established a family-owned appliance repair shop, teaching Jackie the challenges and fulfillment of operating a small business.

Jackie attended Riley High School and graduated with a BA from Taylor University.  As her first job out of college, she worked as a reporter for WSBT-TV, covering community issues ranging from education to crime.  Inspired to get more involved in the education system, Jackie later worked as a Development Director for local colleges and universities to improve educational access for Hoosier students.

In 1995, she married her husband Dean, a Mishawaka schoolteacher and jazz musician.  Shortly after, the couple moved abroad to Romania for 4 years, founding their own agency and local foundation to help provide much-needed medical supplies to the country’s impoverished children.

Jackie is grateful to serve the people of Indiana’s Second District in the 113th Congress, where she serves on the House Armed Services, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She is honored to serve the brave men and women of our Armed Forces in many ways, including improved support for our nation’s veterans. Using some Hoosier common sense, Jackie welcomes the opportunity to work across the aisle to get our fiscal house in order and create American jobs.

Jackie currently resides in Jimtown with her husband Dean, mother Martha, and their 3 dogs.


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