Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walorski Statement on Memorial Day

2016/05/30

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, Dean and I join all Hoosiers in honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I know the dedication and devoted service of our brave servicemen and women. It is with humility and gratitude that I remember the selfless sacrifice of our fallen heroes and pay tribute to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military. Their duty is endless, and their sacrifice is great. We keep them, their families, and our fallen heroes in our prayers today and every day.”

Video of Congresswoman Walorski’s Memorial Day message to 2nd District Hoosiers is available here.

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

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Walorski Announces Jobs Fair on June 2nd

2016/05/27

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced she will host a Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair featuring more than 60 employers with 1,100 jobs available and 10 veterans service organizations on Thursday, June 2nd, at Bethel College in Mishawaka.

“Hoosiers are the hardest-working people in the country, and this is a great chance to connect them with new job opportunities,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m looking forward to bringing so many local employers and job-seekers together, and I encourage everyone to spread the word to their friends and family.”

The jobs fair will be free and open to the public. Additional information can be found below or at http://walorski.house.gov/jobsfair.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Wiekamp Athletic Center
Bethel College
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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

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Walorski, Daines Introduce Bill to Temporarily Stop Gitmo Transfers

2016/05/26

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT) today introduced bicameral legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president’s term.

The bill (H.R. 5351 / S. 2999) would prohibit these transfers until either the end of this year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017. Original co-sponsors include U.S. Representatives Ryan Zinke (MT-AL), Joe Wilson (SC-02), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (KS), Tim Scott (SC), and Pat Roberts (KS).

“The administration is recklessly accelerating its release of dangerous terrorists in order to fulfill the president’s misguided promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” said Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “There are critical provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act the House just passed to prohibit the administration from bringing terrorists to U.S. soil and closing Gitmo, but we cannot afford to wait for that bill to become law. It is time for an immediate pause on transfers so Americans at home and abroad are not put at greater risk by released detainees returning to terrorism.”

“Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo period,” Senator Daines stated. “President Obama is prioritizing a campaign promise over his oath of office by releasing enemy combatants – even though several have returned to the battlefield. We can’t allow terrorists who are looking to harm Americans and others be political pawns.  This reckless and irrational plan will only entice our enemies instead of serving as a powerful deterrent.”

The NDAA passed last week in the House would require written agreements between the U.S. government and the government of any foreign country that agrees to accept detainees. The House-passed NDAA also would require the next administration to provide Congress with a comprehensive detention outlining how the release of any Gitmo detainee fits into the broader strategy for handling individuals detained during wartime.

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

Daines is the junior Senator for Montana and serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

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Walorski Greets Honor Flight Veterans at WWII Memorial

2016/05/25

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted Hoosier veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are visiting Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

“Hoosiers are the first to answer their nation’s call to serve, and these Hoosiers not only answered the call, they saved the world for democracy,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It is a privilege to thank these heroes for their service and join them at their memorial to remember those who never made it home.”

Photos of Walorski greeting the veterans at the National World War II Memorial are available here.

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

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Following Sec. McDonald’s Disneyland Comments, House Passes Walorski VA Scheduling Accountability Bill

2016/05/23

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded the unanimous passage of her legislation to protect veterans from scheduling manipulations at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. On the same day VA Secretary Robert McDonald compared veterans’ wait times to lines at Disneyland, the House passed Walorski’s bill, H.R. 4977, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, as part of another VA reform bill.

“Secretary McDonald’s outrageous comments only underscore what we already knew: the VA does not take its responsibilities as seriously as our veterans deserve,” said Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “Today the House took an important step to ensure veterans have access to timely, quality care by stopping the VA from ever again ignoring its own rules when it comes to scheduling appointments. The Senate should pass this bill immediately and send these common sense reforms to the president’s desk.”

Video of Walorski’s speech on the House floor in support of the legislation is available here.

Background

Last week the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously approved H.R. 4977, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, as an amendment to H.R. 3956, the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12). The House today approved the amended version of H.R. 3956 by voice vote.

In the wake of the VA wait time scandal, Walorski introduced H.R. 4977 to increase accountability in the VA’s scheduling practices. A report by the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that in May 2013 a senior VA official waived an annual requirement that medical facility directors certify that they were in compliance with the VA’s scheduling policies. This waiver further reduced accountability for wait time data integrity and compliance with scheduling practices.

H.R. 4977 reinstates the annual requirement for each facility director to certify compliance with VA scheduling practices and prohibits any future waivers of this requirement. It also requires the Secretary of the VA to submit an annual report to Congress that lists facilities that have not certified compliance and an explanation as to why.

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

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Walorski Honors Nation’s Police Officers on House Floor

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today spoke on the House floor to mark National Police Week  and honor the nation’s police officers.

“This week is National Police Week, and communities all across America are showing their appreciation for the law enforcement officers who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting the public, and bringing criminals to justice,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We also remember the heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty, and we think of the families they left behind.”

Video of Walorski’s speech is available here. A full transcript is below.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the service and sacrifice of the brave police officers who put their lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe.

“This week is National Police Week, and communities all across America are showing their appreciation for the law enforcement officers who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting the public, and bringing criminals to justice.

“We also remember the heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty, and we think of the families they left behind.

“It is our duty to make sure that those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities will never be forgotten.

“Mr. Speaker, I urge all Americans to take the time this week to simply say “thank you” to a police officer in their city or town.

“We are grateful for their service. We are humbled by their courage. And we are indebted to them for their sacrifice.

“I yield back.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving 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 NDAA Passage

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which authorizes defense spending, by a vote of 277 to 147:

“Congress has the solemn duty to the American people and to our brave servicemen and women to provide all of the training and resources our military needs to remain the greatest fighting force in the world. This bill fulfills that responsibility by investing in military readiness, giving troops a pay raise, and ensuring they are fully prepared to defeat any threat or challenge head-on. Bottom line – this bill means our military will outmatch every enemy.

“This NDAA makes critical investments in both the maintenance of existing equipment and the development of modern military platforms to maintain readiness amid growing challenges around the world. Our men and women in uniform will have the tools and training they need in the field, and their families will have the support they need back home, including full funding for the 2.1 percent pay raise our troops are entitled to under the law.

“Terrorist detainees will continue to be prohibited from coming onto U.S. soil, and my amendment strengthens accountability and oversight of the detainee transfer process by requiring written agreements with countries that accept Guantanamo Bay prisoners. With my amendment to bring the National Security Council back under the Freedom of Information Act, this bill will restore transparency and accountability to the White House’s national security decision-making process.

“I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put our troops and our national security first. I am glad to see our bipartisan efforts continue with today’s passage of the bill, and I now encourage my friends in the Senate to pass it swiftly and urge the President to sign it.”

Highlights of Walorski Provisions Included in NDAA:

Restores Transparency to NSC

The House unanimously adopted an amendment offered by Walorski to restore transparency and accountability to the National Security Council (NSC) by requiring it to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The amendment builds on Chairman Mac Thornberry’s (TX-13) reforms to require Senate confirmation for the National Security Advisor if the NSC staff grows beyond 100 members. Walorski’s amendment would bring NSC back under FOIA once a National Security Advisor is confirmed.

Strengthens Oversight of Gitmo Transfers

The House unanimously adopted an amendment offered by Walorski to require the U.S. government to enter into a written memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of a foreign nation before transferring a detainee from Guantanamo Bay to that country. This would provide critical accountability and oversight of transfers of terrorist detainees from Gitmo.

Boosts Electronic Warfare Innovation

The bill includes provisions Walorski authored to help the U.S. keep its competitive edge in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum domain. Based on legislation she introduced with Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), the provisions would get innovative electronic warfare (EW) technology into the hands of warfighters more quickly so they can effectively defeat existing and emerging threats.

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

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Walorski Supports Emergency Funding to Combat Zika Outbreak

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which provides $622.1 million in fully-offset funding for domestic and international efforts to combat the global Zika virus outbreak. The bill passed the House by a vote of 241 to 184.

“The global outbreak of Zika virus is a public health crisis, and this bill provides the resources needed to ensure a robust response,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These funds are critical to efforts at home and abroad to control the spread of this devastating disease and develop effective medical treatments for those affected.”

H.R. 5243 provides targeted funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, and U.S. Agency for International Development for wide array of Zika response programs, including Zika-related health care and medical research, mosquito control, disease surveillance, public education, and emergency preparedness. The bill also contains strong oversight measures to ensure taxpayer funds are used responsibly and effectively.

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

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Walorski Bills to Update VA Mobility Standards, Increase VA Scheduling Accountability Pass Committee

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON – The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee today passed two bills introduced by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) to improve the quality and safety of mobility products used by disabled veterans and to protect veterans from scheduling manipulations at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. The committee unanimously approved an amended version of H.R. 3471, the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, as well as H.R. 4977, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, which now head to the House floor for consideration.

“Our veterans risked life and limb for their country, and they deserve better than substandard services and scheduling manipulation,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful the committee passed my bills to update the VA’s standards for mobility products used by disabled veterans and to stop the VA from ignoring its own scheduling rules. I look forward to voting for these common-sense measures on the House floor.”

Veterans Mobility Safety Act

Through the VA’s Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program, eligible disabled veterans have access to automotive mobility products, such as wheelchair lifts and reduced-effort steering and braking in vehicles. However, the VA does not require any type of quality standards for providers to participate in the AAE program, resulting in some cases of inferior providers improperly installing equipment, causing serious safety issues for veterans and motorists.

Walorski’s amended version of H.R. 3471 requires the VA to update its outdated policies on adaptive equipment with comprehensive quality standards developed in close consultation with stakeholders, including veteran service organizations, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and industry representatives.

H.R. 3471 was originally introduced in September by Walorski and Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) to ensure disabled veterans receive the best quality, performance, and safety.

Video of Walorski’s remarks on the Veterans Mobility Safety Act is available here.

VA Scheduling Accountability Act

In the wake of the VA wait time scandal, Walorski introduced H.R. 4977 to increase accountability in the VA’s scheduling practices. A report by the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that in May 2013 a senior VA official waived an annual requirement that medical facility directors certify that they were in compliance with the VA’s scheduling policies. This waiver further reduced accountability for wait time data integrity and compliance with scheduling practices.

H.R. 4977 reinstates the annual requirement for each facility director to certify compliance with VA scheduling practices and prohibits any future waivers of this requirement. It also requires the Secretary of the VA to submit an annual report to Congress that lists facilities that have not certified compliance and an explanation as to why.

The committee unanimously approved Walorski’s bill as an amendment to H.R. 3956, the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12).

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

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House Approves Walorski Amendment to Restore Transparency to National Security Council

2016/05/17

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded House’s unanimous approval of her amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to restore transparency and accountability to the National Security Council (NSC) by requiring it to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke on the House Floor in support of her amendment, which was adopted by voice vote. Video of her remarks is available here.

“The National Security Council has moved far beyond its original advisory role to one where NSC staffers to make critical operational decisions,” Walorski said. “My amendment simply restores accountability to this operational organization by requiring the NSC to participate in the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, upon confirmation of the National Security Advisor by the Senate.”

Walorski’s amendment is based on legislation she introduced in April, H.R. 4922, the Transparency in National Security Act. The amendment builds on reforms included in an amendment offered by Chairman Mac Thornberry (TX-13) to require Senate confirmation for the National Security Advisor if the NSC staff grows beyond 100 members. Walorski’s amendment would bring NSC back under FOIA once a National Security Advisor is confirmed.

NSC was created in 1947 as an advisory body to the president on issues of national security. NSC responded to FOIA requests under Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush until 1996, when a federal court ruled in Armstrong v. Executive Office of the President that NSC was not subject to FOIA.

The size and scope of NSC’s mission have expanded since its creation. Under President Obama, its headcount has doubled from 200 to nearly 400. President Obama’s three former Secretaries of Defense have expressed concerns that the NSC’s unelected, unconfirmed staffers are micromanaging the military, making operational decisions, and undermining commanders in the field and leaders in the Pentagon.

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

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Walorski Memorial Day Message

2016-05-30 12:52:45


Walorski Urges Passage of VA Scheduling Accountability Act

2016-05-23 21:41:47


Walorski Honors Nation’s Police Officers on House Floor

2016-05-19 13:12:52


Walorski Opposes Bringing Terrorist Detainees to U.S. Soil

2016-05-18 19:21:25


Walorski Speaks on Veterans Mobility Safety Act

2016-05-18 16:57:04


Walorski Supports Restoring Transparency to National Security Council

2016-05-17 21:44:27


Walorski Testifies Before Veterans' Affairs Committee on VA Scheduling Accountability Act

2016-04-20 19:36:26


Walorski Supports Modernizing Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act

2016-03-22 18:14:15


Walorski Questions Department of Defense Secretary Carter on Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

2016-03-22 16:48:35


Walorski Questions Undersecretary Concannon of the US Dept of Agriculture

2016-03-17 20:02:23


Walorski Honors Penn High School Girls' Basketball Team

2016-03-15 20:30:47


Rep. Walorski Delivers the Weekly Republican Address

2016-02-27 13:54:16


Walorski Speaks on Amendment to Strengthen Opioid Prescriptions of Veterans

2016-02-25 17:31:28


Walorski Honors St. Marys College President Carol Mooney with Who's Who in IN-02

2016-02-25 16:42:59


Walorski Joins GOP Leadership to React to President's Plant to Close GITMO

2016-02-24 16:13:29


Walorski Joins Fox Business to Discuss the President's Plan to Close Guantanamo Detention Facility

2016-02-23 23:01:33


Walorski Joins CNN to react to President Obama GITMO Plan

2016-02-23 18:57:02


Walorski Questions EPA Secretary about Rules and Regulations Affecting Farmers

2016-02-11 17:32:42


Walorski Honors Vernita Todd with Who's Who in IN-02

2016-02-10 17:20:56


Walorski Questions VA Officials on FY 17 Budget Requests

2016-02-10 16:55:01


Contact Information

419 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3915
Fax 202-225-6798
walorski.house.gov

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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