Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Walorski, Coats to Host “Academy Day” in Peru

2016/04/21

MISHAWAKA – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) wants to remind constituents of an upcoming “Academy Day” session in northern Indiana to provide interested students with the opportunity to learn more about applying to one of the U.S. Service Academies. The event is co-hosted by U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.). The informational session will take place on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. ET at the Miami County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Community Building.

Representatives from Walorski and Coats’ offices and the service academies will be available to speak with individuals about life at a U.S. Service Academy and offer advice on the application process. The academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, N.Y., U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn.

For additional information, contact Walorski’s office at 574-204-2645.

 

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Walorski Introduces Legislation that Ensures Veteran Affairs’ Medical Centers Comply with Scheduling Directives

2016/04/18

WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of the ongoing investigation into the wait time scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, introduced legislation to increase accountability in the VA’s scheduling practices.

A report by the VA Office of Inspector General (IG) 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, the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, 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.

“Allowing VA facilities to certify their own compliance was a key driver in the wait time scandal, in which veterans allegedly died waiting for an appointment,” Walorski said. “My legislation ends this reckless practice once and for all, while increasing accountability and transparency at the VA as we work to ensure that those who risked their lives for their country receive the prompt, quality care they deserve.”

The House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Health will be holding a legislative hearing on April 20, 2016.  At that hearing, Rep. Walorski’s legislation will be examined, among other proposals.

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 Introduces Legislation to Require the National Security Council to Comply with the Freedom of Information Act

2016/04/13

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation which would bring the National Security Council (NSC) back under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

In recent days, the past three Secretaries of Defense have highlighted their significant concerns that the NSC’s unelected, unconfirmed staffers are micro-managing our military, making operational decisions, and undermining our commanders in the field and leaders in the Pentagon.

The NSC maintained an active FOIA program and responded to requests under Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush until a 1996 court case overturned its participation in FOIA.  In the time since, the NSC has grown exponentially in size with each president expanding the NSC’s roles and decision making authority far beyond what was originally intended. Under President Obama alone, the size of the NSC has doubled from 200 people to 400.

“The increasing micromanagement from the White House directly reduces the amount of oversight that Congress can have and undermines the authority of the Department of Defense,” Walorski said. “This legislation is critical for this and future administrations and serves as a public reminder that presidents cannot avoid public scrutiny or accountability by consolidating authority in the White House.”

H.R. 4922, the Transparency in National Security Act, recognizes the importance of transparency and the rising size and influence of the NSC by bringing it back under FOIA. 

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 Concludes Chamber of Commerce Tour

2016/04/05

MISHAWAKA – In an effort to advocate on behalf of Hoosier small businesses, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) yesterday concluded her ‘Chamber of Commerce’ tour throughout Indiana’s Second Congressional District.

“Local chambers of commerce have long been a crucial element to our area's business initiatives,” Walorski said. “As connections and networks continue to grow in importance, organizations like local chambers serve a key purpose: helping local businesses grow and succeed.

For the past several decades, the goal of many chambers of commerce across Indiana has been to help further the interests of small businesses in local areas. Their activities and involvement can range from hosting events, to lobbying local representatives, to coordinating charitable works for the betterment of the community.

Throughout the day, Walorski visited several chambers of commerce to hear from local leaders on how they developed and connected the next generation of leaders.

“Strong leadership is vital to driving economic growth, building a more inclusive community, and ultimately making Indiana a better place to live and work. Many of the local chambers have embraced the mission of developing leadership in our state in order to grow our economy and make our communities the best places to live and thrive.”

On Friday and Monday, Walorski visited a number of counties including:

Click here to view photos from Walorski's tour.

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 I’ve Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

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Walorski Requests Briefing from Senior White House Official Regarding American Deaths from Guantanamo Detainees

2016/03/24

WASHINGTON – After admitting yesterday that released detainees from Guantanamo Bay have in fact killed Americans, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today requested a classified briefing from Paul Lewis, the Pentagon’s special envoy for Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.

The letter read, “I write with significant concerns following your testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 23, 2016.  While I understand your mission as the Department of Defense’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Bay follows the Executive Orders issued by the Obama administration, I am deeply troubled by an answer you gave at yesterday’s hearing.”

“…You indicated that Americans have, in fact, lost their lives at the hands of detainees who were released from the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  However, despite this alarming claim, you defended the administration’s position that the risk posed by keeping Guantanamo Bay open is higher than if it were closed because of its role as a recruitment vehicle.  As recent events in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and elsewhere tragically highlight, these terrorist radicals will carry out unspeakable violence with or without the presence of Guantanamo Bay.”

According to the Associated Press, yesterday during testimony during a House committee Lewis said, "What I can tell you is unfortunately there have been Americans that have died because of (Guantanamo) detainees."

Walorski requested Lewis provide a classified briefing to answer the following:

  • The number of Americans killed by detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay;
  • The number of former Guantanamo detainees who are confirmed or suspected of killing Americans;
  • The circumstances detailing how this/these death(s) occurred;  
  • The locations where this/these death(s) occurred;
  • The details outlining how the United States became aware of this/these casualty/casualties;
  • The countries that this/these former Guantanamo detainee(s) were transferred to;
  • The terms that were reached with this/these country/countries prior to the transfer;
  • The number of other detainees transferred to that/those country/countries; and
  • What actions (if any) that the United States government has taken since becoming aware of this/these American casualty/casualties either against the country/countries of transfer or against the former detainee(s) themselves.

Click here to read Walorski’s reaction to yesterday to Lewis’s comments. The letter in its entirety is below and here.

 

March 24, 2016

 

Mr. Paul M. Lewis

Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure

U.S. Department of Defense

1000 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301

 

Dear Mr. Lewis:

I write with significant concerns following your testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 23, 2016.  While I understand your mission as the Department of Defense’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Bay follows the Executive Orders issued by the Obama administration, I am deeply troubled by an answer you gave at yesterday’s hearing.     

According the Director of National Intelligence’s January 2016 report entitled “Summary of the Reengagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba”, thirty – 30 – percent of former detainees are confirmed or suspected of reengaging.  This statistic is troubling in and of itself, yet the statements yesterday highlight the true danger posed by the release of these detainees. 

During a period of question and answer with Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California, you indicated that Americans have, in fact, lost their lives at the hands of detainees who were released from the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  However, despite this alarming claim, you defended the administration’s position that the risk posed by keeping Guantanamo Bay open is higher than if it were closed because of its role as a recruitment vehicle.  As recent events in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and elsewhere tragically highlight, these terrorist radicals will carry out unspeakable violence with or without the presence of Guantanamo Bay.  

Furthermore, since you refused to provide any details in an unclassified setting, in accordance with my oversight role as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I write requesting a classified briefing on the following questions as soon as possible. 

  1. The number of Americans killed by detainees formerly held at Guantanamo Bay;
  2. The number of former Guantanamo detainees who are confirmed or suspected of killing Americans;
  3. The circumstances detailing how this/these death(s) occurred;  
  4. The locations where this/these death(s) occurred;
  5. The details outlining how the United States became aware of this/these casualty/casualties;
  6. The countries that this/these former Guantanamo detainee(s) were transferred to;
  7. The terms that were reached with this/these country/countries prior to the transfer;
  8. The number of other detainees transferred to that/those country/countries; and
  9. What actions (if any) that the United States government has taken since becoming aware of this/these American casualty/casualties either against the country/countries of transfer or against the former detainee(s) themselves.

As we witness innocent lives lost in tragic events around the world, now is the time to exercise more caution, not less. As someone who always prioritizes the safety and security of the American people above all else, we must do everything in our power to prevent violent radicals from being able to strike again. 

I look forward to your prompt response to this letter.    

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 Announces Chamber of Commerce Tour

2016/03/24

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced details for her upcoming Chamber of Commerce Tour where she will travel across several cities in Indiana to visit area chambers and discuss issues of interest to local businesses.

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

 

St. Joseph County

2 p.m. ET – Walorski will visit the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce

Media are welcome to attend

130 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

 

Kosciusko County

9 a.m. ET – Walorski will visit the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce

Media are welcome to attend

108 E. Main St, Syracuse, IN 46567

 

Fulton County

12:15 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour and eat lunch at the Smith Family Farms

Media are welcome to attend

4725 W 100 N, Rochester, IN 46975

 

Starke and Pulaski Counties

1:45 p.m. ET – Walorski will visit with members of the Starke County Chamber of Commerce and the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

Media are welcome to attend

Bass Lake Property Owners Association Community Center, 6996 S. State Road 10, Knox, IN 46534

 

 

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 Reacts To Officials Claiming Guantanamo Transfers Have Killed Americans

2016/03/23

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the senior Obama Administration official today during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing admitted that Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:

 

“To hear the president’s own team openly admit that Americans have lost their lives at the hands of the world’s most dangerous people who were released back into countries that are engaged in terrorist activities, is shameful. The president’s ‘plan’ to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, the safest place to house the worst offenders of terrorist acts, fell short in a number of areas namely, key information about costs, relocation, and how to handle future combatants . The comments today only reinforce the fact that we must keep Guantanamo open and keep people like the mastermind behind 9/11, far away from causing further destruction.”

Last week, Walorski introduced to send captured Islamic State operatives to Guantanamo, which came on the heels of Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, acknowledging last Tuesday that the Pentagon does not have a plan for long-term detention of captured ISIL operatives.

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 and Larsen Introduce Bill To Improve Electronic Warfare Capabilities

2016/03/23

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a time of changing and increasingly agile national security threats, Reps. Jackie Walorski, IN-02 and Rick Larsen, WA-02, today introduced a bill to help the U.S. keep its competitive edge in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum domain. Walorski and Larsen are the co-chairs of the Electronic Warfare Working Group and members of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Electronic Warfare Capabilities Enhancement Act will help get innovative electronic warfare (EW) technology into the hands of warfighters more quickly so they can effectively defeat existing and emerging threats. The bill acknowledges the need to treat the electromagnetic spectrum as a critical operational domain, similar to air, land, surface and submarine warfare. It also places more responsibility with the year-old EW Executive Committee to guide a coordinated, Pentagon-wide approach to EW investment.

“As our  military relies more and more on technology for everything from communications to targeting to unmanned vehicles, we need to ensure that these systems are not vulnerable to hacking, jamming, and other forms of electronic warfare. The Department of Defense established the joint Electronic Warfare (EW) Executive Committee to strengthen our defense against threats from our enemies, who have worked tirelessly to increase and expand their own capabilities,” Walorski said. “This legislation will empower the EW Executive Committee in procuring or updating protections to our military’s electronic infrastructure while also providing the Congress with the tools to properly fund and provide resources to these programs.  In the global, and now digital, fight against terrorism, we cannot ignore the serious ramifications of failing to keep up with the ever changing pace of military technology. We must ensure our service men and women have access to communications systems that will allow them to quickly assert their information dominance in the fight against global terrorism.”

“Our warfighters face a wide range of threats in the EM spectrum, from terrorist groups using cheap, secure, commercially-available technology to rival nations deploying highly innovative electronics. Too often, our women and men in uniform are using outdated technology in the increasingly contested EM spectrum,” Larsen said. “The way we develop, buy and roll out EW technology must focus on getting the right capabilities fielded more quickly. This bipartisan bill will put flexible, adaptive technologies at the front lines faster, giving our servicemembers the EW solutions they need to perform their vital missions.”

The Electronic Warfare Capabilities Enhancement Act makes a number of advances to improve the way the Pentagon buys and implements EW technology:

  • Gives the Department of Defense more flexibility, making it easier to modernize legacy systems and develop new EW technologies.
  • Provides leaders in the Pentagon with more and better tools to more rapidly acquire advanced EW technology.
  • Calls on the EW Executive Committee to report to Congress on a strategic plan to strengthen US EW capabilities, including new operational concepts, attributes needed in future EW capabilities, new training methods and requirements, and progress in streamlining acquisition processes. 

The bill is a companion to S.B. 2486, the Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act, introduced by Senators Mark Kirk (IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

 

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House GOP: Gitmo only 'responsible and safe choice' for ISIS detainees

2016/03/16

A Republican congresswoman has introduced a resolution in support of sending captured Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, calling their release "completely nonsensical."

“As a result of these recent events, coupled with the lack of a long-term detainee strategy from the administration, the only responsible and safe choice is to send captured fighters to Guantánamo Bay,” Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) said in a written statement Tuesday. “Why would we capture these men and women, who are guilty of barbaric acts in the region and across the globe, only to release them back to the battlefield? It’s completely nonsensical.”

The resolution comes a week after the Pentagon said it captured an ISIS leader, sparking questions about how to handle such prisoners. In that case, the Pentagon said it transferred the prisoner, ISIS chemical weapons manufacturer Sulayman Dawud al-Bakkar, to the custody of Iraq after U.S. forces used intelligence gleaned from him to strike ISIS chemical weapons facilities.

The Pentagon has said it will deal with potential future prisoners on a case-by-case basis.

In introducing the resolution, Walorski highlighted testimony from Special Operations Commander Gen. Joseph Votel, who told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week that a long-term plan for future detainees is needed.

When asked where long-term prisoners would be held, Votel said, “That is a policy decision that, I think, is being debated.”

Republican lawmakers want those prisoners held at Guantánamo. Last week, more than a dozen GOP senators introduced a similar resolution calling for ISIS detainees to be sent to the detention center.Walorski’s resolution was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.). Colorado is home to one of the sites a Pentagon team assessed as a possible location to house current Guantánamo detainees should President Obama’s plan to close the facility move forward.

“Islamic State operatives are hardened terrorists and irregular enemy combatants who should be detained at GTMO, not in Colorado or in any other state,” Coffman said in a written statement, using the military abbreviation for Guantánamo and the administration's preferred name for ISIS. "This is yet another reason why GTMO must remain open to detain these individuals who pose a significant threat to U.S. national security.”

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Walorski Honors Penn High School Girls’ Basketball Team with ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’

2016/03/16

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, Walorski congratulated the Penn High School girls’ basketball team for winning the Class 4A Girls Basketball State Championship last month.

The girls’ basketball team and Coach Kristi Ulrich won the first state title in the program’s history after defeating the defending state champs, the Columbus North Bull Dogs. The victory was led in part by a combined 45-point effort from teammates Cameron Buhr and Kaitlyn Marenyi. The Kingsmen won the game by a score of 68-48, finishing the night shooting 52 percent from the floor and ending the season with a 28-2 record.

This is truly an exciting victory, and it is because of the dedication of Coach Kristi Ulrich and the hard work of these student-athletes that this honor was earned,” said Walorski. “On behalf of the people of the Second Congressional District of Indiana, I applaud Kristi for building this program, thank the student-athletes for their determination, and congratulate them all on an amazing season.”

Walorski honored the team 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.

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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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


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2016-03-15 20:30:47


Rep. Walorski Delivers the Weekly Republican Address

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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


Walorski Who's Who in IN-02: Rochester Firefighter David Lawson

2016-02-03 17:36:29


Walorski Reaction to Final State of the Union Address

2016-01-13 03:58:57


Walorski Congratulates the Beiger Bots from Beiger Elementary School in Mishawaka

2016-01-08 16:49:29


Rep. Walorski Supports Sending Obamacare Repeal to President's Desk

2016-01-06 23:10:43


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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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