Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski


ABC 57: Rolls-Royce invests $600 million in Indiana



Luxury automobile company Rolls-Royce announced Monday it will be investing close to $600 million in Indiana over the next five years in development and operations.

Before production begins, Rolls-Royce will begin renovations immediately at its facility in Indianapolis

"Indiana leads the nation in advanced manufacturing, and Rolls-Royce has been an integral part of our state's industry for the past 100 years," Ind. Gov. Pence said. “Rolls-Royce narrowed in on the state of Indiana for this investment because we offer the business-friendly climate, workforce, and strategic university partnerships needed to remain competitive and to succeed in the aerospace and defense industry.”

Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-02) is also enthusiastic about Rolls-Royce’s  investment in Indiana.

"Today's announcement is another example that Indiana's outstanding business climate and qualified workforce is well-equipped to help global businesses thrive in our state,” said Walorski.  “Congratulations to Rolls Royce and best wishes on many more years of continued success operating in the Hoosier state."

This investment will be the largest the company has made in the U.S. since 1995.

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Walorski Votes to Lift Crude Oil Ban


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after voting for bipartisan legislation to lift the ban on crude oil which passed the House today by a vote of 261-159 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration:

H.R. 702, to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions would lift the decades old ban on crude oil exports, allowing the U.S. to help allies, and enhance energy security. The president will continue to maintain the authority to ban or limit exports during times of national emergency and distress.  

“As a cosponsor of this legislation, it’s time to update energy policies to reflect 21st Century realties. Oil and energy technology has improved drastically over recent decades, yet the laws from 40 years ago are still governing these resources,” said Walorski. “Lifting this ban will generate billions of dollars in profit, lower gas prices, support jobs, and strengthen our national security.”

Congress and President Gerald Ford implemented the ban as part of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 in an effort to insulate the country from a volatile international energy market made even more chaotic and costly by the 1967 and 1973 Arab oil embargoes, which were intended to discourage and then punish the U.S. and other foreign nations for supporting Israel in the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars.

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 Honors SCILL Director Ron Gifford for ‘Who’s Who in IN-02’


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 paid tribute to Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) Director Ron Gifford for his dedication to creating and nurturing a trained workforce for the growing industrial base in Starke County.

SCILL is a two-year training school for juniors, seniors, and industrial employees, offering several continuing education courses, computer classes, and an automotive technology program. A highly-trained workforce is the backbone of a strong, diverse economy and many of the skills needed to compete in the global market of the 21st century are technically-demanding.

“Currently, the demand for qualified workers is increasing at a pace far greater than existing communities can produce. Thanks to Ron’s dedication, SCILL has focused on developing and training more workers to meet this demand, building a strong workforce, and ensuring the steady growth of our economy,” Walorski said. “On behalf of the people of the Second Congressional District of Indiana, I thank Ron Gifford for elevating the contributions skilled workers make to our state, making our economy stronger than ever.”

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

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WSBT22: Groundbreaking on new VA clinic in Mishawaka


MISHAWAKA It will soon be easier for local veterans to get access to better health care. Officials broke ground Friday afternoon on a new VA clinic in Mishawaka.

The new VA clinic in Mishawaka won't see its first patient for nearly three years, but just the fact that ground was broken on the facility today was a huge achievement for lawmakers and veterans.

"When the call comes up to serve, our Hoosiers are the first to say yes they'll go,” said Rep. Jackie Walorski. “They ought to be able to count on the government to provide all those promises they made and today is a tangible sign that we are absolutely committed to keeping our promises."

"This is about our veterans and providing them with the best healthcare in the world and that is why we worked so hard for so long,” said Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Lawmakers did manage to get an interim facility opened in South Bend in 2012, but that has been plagued by delays and limits to what procedures it could offer veterans -- meaning many had to go all the way to Chicago or Fort Wayne for treatment.

"There's a lot of veterans that can't make trips like that, so it's going to be nice for them being local,” said Charles Damp, a United States Air Force veteran.

"This will have an opportunity to have some services from the government, which are close to home here in Mishawaka,” said Michael Uidl, a US Army veteran.

For a lot of people and veterans, this new facility is an example of what can be done people work together.

"There's no partisan issue when it comes to veterans,” said Rep. Walorski. “This is an American issue, we are proud of our veterans. As Hoosiers as we stand here together today, you're not going to find a more grateful group of people."

"I don't serve as a Democrat or as a Republican; I serve as an American and as a Hoosier,” said Sen. Donnelly. “We made a promise to our veterans, they have served for us, they protected us, and we made a promise that we'd take care of them and we're making sure that we keep that promise."

The clinic will be nearly three times the size of the current facility in South Bend and it won't be a VA Hospital, so veterans might still need to go to Fort Wayne or Chicago for some treatments, but hopefully not as often as in the past.

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South Bend Tribune: Officials pledge access to planned VA clinic in Mishawaka


MISHAWAKA -- Within a couple of weeks, contractors could begin the city's roughly $1 million job of making room for the new Department of Veterans Affairs clinic that will rise here on Trinity Place, Mayor Dave Wood said.

Using tax increment finance dollars, the city will start digging up about 1,200 feet of the road, plus its ornamental lights, multiuse path and the utilities underneath -- which the city had built a few years ago to entice commercial development -- and move them to the south.

On Friday, dozens of veterans and officials broke ground at Trinity Place's southern edge, which VA officials said will be the center of the 71,000-square-foot building. The $38 million complex would be completed by spring 2018.

"Until they get this in here, I'll rely on my Medicare rather than the VA," said an anxious 79-year-old George Proctor Sr., who served eight years in the U.S. Marines Corps and then retired as a master sergeant with the U.S. Army, including a stint in the Korean War.

Using a walker at the ceremony and nursing bad knees, vision and other aches, the Mishawaka veteran lamented that it takes "too long to get an appointment" at the VA's temporary clinic in South Bend and that the VA clinic in Fort Wayne is too far.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, who lives in nearby Granger, spoke, too, of impatience to reach this point. He recounted how, starting in 2007, when he was a U.S. representative, he pushed for a new clinic and then for its funding, which Congress appropriated in 2012.

"We made a promise that we'd protect you," the Democratic senator said to the veterans.

"It's about time we fulfill a promise to our veterans here," echoed U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, who has been involved in efforts to reform the VA. She noted that it was "a pleasure" to work with Donnelly on the clinic, adding, "There's no partisan issue when it comes to veterans; it's an American issue."

St. Joseph County Health Care Center, as it will be called, will offer expanded mental health care, audiology, radiology primary medical care and other services for several counties in northern Indiana. It will be owned by Ambrose Property Group VA, of Indianapolis, and leased to the VA, who will run it.

Mayor Wood said the city will make Trinity Place a "high priority" for snow removal and for restoring electricity in outages and, he added, "We will show that this city was the right choice."

When the VA announced in late July that it had picked the Mishawaka site, questions arose over its accessibility since it's farther from South Bend's greater population.

John Shealey, who will oversee creation of the project, said he expects to begin talking with Transpo officials in the coming weeks about extending bus service to the site by the time it opens. The closest buses come is to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, about a half mile away.

Transpo officials have said that their abilities are limited given the constraints of funding.

Shealey, who's assistant director of the VA's Northern Indiana Health Care System, said he's optimistic that bus service could be extended, given that the clinic will see sizable traffic -- about 200 to 300 patients per day -- that might support bus fares. Denise Deitzen, the system's director, said the VA has discussed other alternatives if its "best option," a Transpo bus, doesn't work out.

Walorski and Donnelly both said they expect local officials to ensure access for veterans, but they'll keep an eye on it and jump in if needed.

"We're not going to leave anyone hanging," Walorski said of veterans.

Donnelly also announced that Deitzen, who has played a central role in the project during her three years as director, will leave Oct. 18 for a promotion within the VA. Deitzen said she will oversee eight hospitals in all of Wisconsin, most of Illinois and all of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She now oversees the care of 44,000 veterans in northern Indiana but will take on the care of 160,000 veterans and eight hospitals.

An interim director will be announced soon, followed by a search for a new director, she said.

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WNDU: VA leaders, elected officials celebrate groundbreaking of new St. Joseph Co. facility


The groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Joseph County Health took place on Friday.

Officials from the Veterans Association Northern Indiana Care System joined elected officials to celebrate the beginning of a new health care facility that will serve veterans in the northwest Indiana counties of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Lake, Porter and La Porte.

Veterans who would have to travel two hours to receive care in Fort Wayne will soon have a facility closer to home.

“On behalf of the 54,000 veterans in my district and the growing veteran population, we must ensure we provide quality access to VA healthcare,” Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) said. “As a Member of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, we take a lesson from every veteran who took an oath to defend our nation – never give up. I take that oath to heart and want veterans here in Indiana and throughout the country to know that I will not give up the fight for you in Congress.”

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says he began sitting down with veterans in 2007 who said they needed an upgrade in their health care facility. The center will offer important services like expanded mental healthcare, according to Donnelly.

One of the most important advantages of the new facility is it will lessen the travel time for current veterans who need medical attention.

"When our soldiers come home as damaged goods, they need to have a top-flight facility where they can get in, in a timely fashion, and get the best care available. This will accomplish that. This will be, from everything I've seen, everything we've hoped for. From all the plans I've seen, this will be exactly what they deserve," says Rich Mrozinski, who served twice in the Vietnam War.

Senator Donnelly says this new facility is keeping with the promise to protect our men and women who serve our country. 

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The Elkhart Truth: Sen. Joe Donnelly, Rep. Jackie Walorski, others break ground on expanded Mishawaka Veterans Affairs clinic


MISHAWAKA — Veteran care facilities serving Elkhart and St. Joseph County veterans — like those around the country — have been criticized for being too slow or not having enough services. But state and local officials hope a new and improved Veterans Affairs clinic being built in Mishawaka will vastly improve care for local veterans.

State and local officials, including U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood, broke ground Friday on the new U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs clinic.The facility at the intersection of Trinity Place and Fir Road will be more than three times larger than the South Bend clinic it replaces. It will offer a broader range of services too, such as expanded mental health care and an eye clinic.

 “This is a tangible sign today of many things that were talked about, many things that were promised,” Walorski said at the groundbreaking. “Let this day go down in history. That our promises are real, that our promises are sure, that we’ll take care of our veterans.”

Construction on the building starts early next year, said Michelle Schlup, health systems specialist for the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System. It will be 71,000 feet square, almost four times as large as the current 18,000 square-foot facilities.

The clinic will have about 200 staff members, Schlup said, which she said is at least a 50 percent increase over current staffing levels. The new facility could be open for patients as soon as spring 2018.

It’s been a long road to get there, Denise Deitzen, director of the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, said at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“Today is far from the beginning of this project,” she said.

The new clinic was approved for construction this summer after years of planning and discussion. It replaces the South Bend Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, an interim facility that replaced South Bend’s 7,000 square-foot VA clinic in 2012.

Though the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has outpatient clinics in Goshen and South Bend, some veterans have to travel as far as Indianapolis and Fort Wayne to find a VA center that meets their needs.

That travel can be a problem for veterans who need care but don’t have their own transportation, like the people U.S. Army veteran Derek Kunz works with in the South Bend VA clinic’s homeless program. Kunz hopes expanded services in Mishawaka will be more convenient for local veterans.

“You’re talking about not having to travel two hours now to get care,” Kunz said.

The South Bend clinic has been criticized for slow service as well. It was one of 50 VA hospitals and clinics around the U.S. with the highest percentage of appointments that took a month or longer to complete, according to data from the Associated Press.

But VA benefits are much better now than when Kunz left service in 1996, he said, adding that comparing the options for veterans then and now is like comparing night and day.

“The VA’s not perfect, but neither is anything in the private sector,” he said.

Not only will the new clinic add staff and services, but more space in the new building means there will be more room for mental health care and other services the current facilities offer. The new facilities will mean more options for care closer to home. 

“This is now sacred ground,” Donnelly said, addressing clinic staff and veterans at the groundbreaking. “This will be home.”

Donnelly has pushed for improved veteran care in northern Indiana since 2007 and helped secure federal funds to expand VA facilities in St. Joseph County.

“This has been our dream, this has been our goal,” Deitzen said. “And starting today, this will be our reality.”

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Walorski Attends Mishawaka VA Outpatient Clinic Groundbreaking Ceremony


MISHAWAKA, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new, VA outpatient clinic near Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. The 71,000-square-foot clinic will offer additional services such as expanded mental health care and laboratory services to local veterans.

“On behalf of the 54,000 veterans in my district and the growing veteran population, we must ensure we provide quality access to VA health care,” Walorski said. “As a Member of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, we take a lesson from every veteran who took an oath to defend our nation – never give up. I take that oath to heart and want veterans here in Indiana and throughout the country to know that I will not give up the fight for you in Congress.”

Caption: Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, attends the groundbreaking ceremony of the new, outpatient VA clinic in Mishawaka, IN on Friday, October 2, 2015.

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 Supports Freezing Sanctions Relief to Iran


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for an effort she cosponsored to prohibit sanctions relief for Iran unless it first pays the court-ordered damages it owes to terror victims

H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, prohibits the president from waiving sanctions pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action until Iran pays the judgments it owes. The President must certify to Congress that the Government of Iran has paid all its judgments.

“Iran should not have access to sanctions relief from the U.S. until they compensate families who lost loved ones from their heinous terrorist acts,” Walorski said. “With over $40 billion in outstanding judgements to the victims, it’s time for Iran to settle their debt with those who have suffered for far too long.”

H.R. 3457 passed by a vote of 251-173 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) as amended gives U.S. victims of state-sponsored terrorism the ability to bring suit in U.S. courts and collect damages from those states.

Iran has accumulated a debt of $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 FSIA cases over the last 15 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Among the victims of Iranian terrorism who have been awarded judgments in U.S. courts are victims of the 9/11 attacks, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1983 attack on the Beirut Marine barracks, and numerous other bus bombings, suicide attacks, assassinations and hostage takings. All these attacks were linked in court to Iranian support or financing.

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 Supports Defense Spending Legislation


WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted in support of the annual bipartisan legislative agreement between the House and Senate to authorize defense spending. 

H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, fulfills Congress’s constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense, including a number of key reforms for military operations across the nation, and enables Indiana to continue to play a critical role in national security.

“Providing our men and women with critical resources to defend the U.S. against our enemies and keep Americans safe is one of the greatest responsibilities I have in Congress,” Walorski said. “Given the growth of the Islamic State and the rapid recruitment of fighters around the globe, I’m grateful my language prohibiting detainees at Guantánamo from being transferred to the United States and to countries that sponsor terrorism was included.  I encourage President Obama to sign this into law to ensure that our brave men and women serving in uniform are provided with the resources necessary to ensure the safety of Americans both at home and abroad.”

 H.R. 401, the Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015, companion legislation to a Senate bill introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), to suspend the transfer of high and medium risk detainees and prohibit any detainee transfers to Yemen, as well as increase transparency regarding the remaining Guantánamo detainees.

Last February, Walorski participated in a CODEL to Guantánamo, to better understand the facility and speak with our troops on the base.

In July, Walorski wrote to conferees on this legislation to urges conferees to prohibit the transfer of inmates from Guantánamo.

H.R. 1735 passed the House by a vote of 270-156 and now heads to the Senate for 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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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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