Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

ICYMI: Walorski, VA Conference Committee Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Veterans Affairs Legislation

2014/07/29

Washington D.C. – Last night, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, signed bipartisan legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and overhaul the mismanagement that jeopardized the health of veterans across the country. The agreement was announced yesterday by Co-Chairmen Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee. Here’s a sample of the coverage Walorski’s reaction received across the country: “This demonstrates that regardless of politics or party, we can unite to pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of life for our nation's veterans.” The Associated Press  “Today is one more step in the right direction towards helping our vets get the best care they deserve.” WSBT, South Bend Gannett Washington correspondent Maureen Groppe reported yesterday that “employees at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Indianapolis told agency investigators that it's common practice to manipulate veterans' desired appointment dates…” “I've sat here for 18 months with a lot of my fellow freshmen on this committee and I still have for you today the original questions I asked when these hearings began, because we've never got an answer from the VA,” Walorski said. “All I wanted to know was what is the status of my state? What's happening with the clinics in my state?” Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, signs the bipartisan agreement reached by the conferees Monday. L to R: Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41).   In order to conclude its business, a majority of both House and Senate delegations to the conference must indicate their approval by signing the conference report. If both the House and Senate pass the measure, it will head to the president’s desk for his signature into law. Last week, Walorski urged her fellow conferees to continue their bipartisan cooperation in passing a bill to reform the VA. Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA.   ### Read More

Photo Release: Walorski Signs VA Conference Committee Bipartisan Legislation

2014/07/29

Washington D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, tonight signed bipartisan legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and overhaul the mismanagement that jeopardized the health of veterans across the country. The bill now heads to both the full House and Senate for further consideration.  Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee, signs the bipartisan agreement reached by the conferees today. L to R: Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01), Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41). In order to conclude its business, a majority of both House and Senate delegations to the conference must indicate their approval by signing the conference report. If both the House and Senate pass the measure, it will head to the president’s desk for his signature into law. Last week, Walorski urged her fellow conferees to continue their bipartisan cooperation in passing a bill to reform the VA. Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA.   ### Read More

Associated Press: Deal to revamp VA gets bipartisan nod

2014/07/29

A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An agreement announced by the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees is intended to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. The bill includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, lawmakers said. The bill also would expand a scholarship program for veterans, allow all vets to qualify for in-state college tuition and give the VA secretary authority to immediately fire senior executives, while giving employees streamlined appeal rights. “This bill makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs panel. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, the only Hoosier lawmaker on the conference committee, said the legislation “demonstrates that regardless of politics or party, we can unite to pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of life for our nation's veterans. The VA is unable and unwilling to reform itself. Today is one more step in the right direction towards helping our vets get the best care they deserve.” The compromise measure, agreed to after over six weeks of talks, would require the VA to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can't get prompt appointments at the VA's nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live at least 40 miles from one of them. Only veterans who are enrolled in VA care as of Aug. 1 or live at least 40 miles away would be eligible to get outside care. Read More

WSBT: Walorski supports $17B deal to improve veterans' health care

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees said. The bill also would expand a scholarship program for veterans to include surviving spouses of military members who died in the line of duty, allow all veterans to qualify for in-state college tuition, and grant the Veterans Affairs secretary authority to immediately fire senior executives, while providing employees with streamlined appeal rights. The bill "makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lists for health care," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs panel. The bill also "strengthens the VA so that it will be able to hire the doctors, nurses and medical personnel it needs so we can permanently put an end to the long waiting lists," Sanders said at a news conference with Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., his House counterpart. Miller said the bill would "go a long way to resolve the crisis" that is gripping the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency has been rocked by reports of patients dying while awaiting treatment and mounting evidence that workers falsified or omitted appointment schedules to mask frequent, long delays. The resulting election-year firestorm forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in late May. Sanders and Miller reached agreement on a plan to reform the VA over the weekend after more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee, supports the deal and issued the following statement: “I want to thank Co-Chairmen Miller and Sanders for their unwavering dedication to reach a bipartisan agreement today. The fact that the House and Senate conferees were able to work together and cooperate on this deal demonstrates that regardless of politics or party, we can unite to pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. The VA is unable and unwilling to reform itself. Today is one more step in the right direction towards helping our vets get the best care they deserve.” The compromise measure would require the VA to pay private doctors to treat qualifying veterans who can't get prompt appointments at the VA's nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics, or those who live at least 40 miles from one of them. The bill would limit the number of veterans who can get outside care by restricting it to those who are enrolled as of Aug. 1. The proposed restrictions are important in controlling costs for the program. Congressional budget analysts had projected that tens of thousands of veterans who currently are not treated by the VA would likely seek VA care if they could see a private doctor paid for by the government. The deal requires a vote by a conference committee of House and Senate negotiators, and votes in the full House and Senate. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama welcomes the bipartisan deal. "There are much-needed reforms that need to be implemented" at the VA, Earnest said. The White House is especially pleased that the bill includes emergency spending "to provide VA the additional resources necessary to deliver timely, high-quality care to veterans through a strengthened VA system," Earnest said. An updated audit by the VA this month showed that about 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics still have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment. About 46,000 veterans have had to wait at least three months for initial appointments, the report said, and an additional 7,000 veterans who asked for appointments over the past decade never got them. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson has said the VA is making improvements, but said veterans in many communities still are waiting too long to receive needed care. The VA provides health care to nearly 9 million enrolled veterans. The House and Senate are set to adjourn at the end of the week until early September, and lawmakers from both parties have said completing a bill on veterans' health care is a top priority. The Senate is expected to vote this week to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary, replacing Gibson. Read More

Walorski Statement: Bipartisan Agreement Reached on Veterans Affairs Legislation

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Veterans Affairs Conferee, made the following statement today after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the co-chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Conference Committee announced they had reached a deal on legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): “I want to thank Co-Chairmen Miller and Sanders for their unwavering dedication to reach a bipartisan agreement today. The fact that the House and Senate conferees were able to work together and cooperate on this deal demonstrates that regardless of politics or party, we can unite to pass meaningful reforms that will improve the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. The VA is unable and unwilling to reform itself. Today is one more step in the right direction towards helping our vets get the best care they deserve.”  Read More

Statement: Walorski Urges Continued Bipartisan Cooperation in VA Conference Committee

2014/07/24

WASHINGTON D.C. - Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, released the following statement after meeting with fellow conferees on the conference committee this afternoon: “Today I want to reiterate the sense of urgency this conference committee needs to have. Millions of America’s veterans depend on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for care and support, members of this bicameral and bipartisan committee must work together to find a solution. “I’ve said the same thing over and over again - this issue isn’t partisan and it’s not political – it’s American. In order to solve these problems, we must work together and change the culture of the VA and say that today is a different day.  We are standing together and help our vets. “I urge my colleagues, regardless of party of politics to work together and pass a bill. We are all here because we care, and we owe it to our veterans to provide them with nothing but the best.” Last week, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and requested additional funding for the VA, complicating talks on the VA Conference Committee. Earlier today, Walorski attended a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing where she asked Secretary Gibson when she can expect a status update on VA facilities in Indiana. Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA. Read More

Photo Release: Walorski Attends RV Caucus Event

2014/07/24

Washington D.C. –  Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) attended an event tonight supporting the recreational vehicle industry association (RV Caucus), which she created last year to help educate members of Congress on the issues that impact the RV industry. Walorski joins members of the RV caucus along with President of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) at an Wednesday evening hosted by the RV caucus. Left to Right: RVIA President Richard Coon, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Dan Benishek M.D.   Walorski created the RV Caucus alongside Rep. Dennis Ross in 2013. Elkhart County, which is in Walorski’s district, leads the country in RV production. Read More

Statement: Walorski Applauds to Jobs Announcement in Nappanee

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON D.C. - Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after Quality Hardwood Sales, LLC announced plans this morning to expand operations in Nappanee: “This is another example of why Indiana continues to surpass other states in the Midwest when it comes to job creation and job growth. I want to thank Quality Hardwood Sales for continuing to manufacture products for the RV industry, which is vital to the economy in northern Indiana. It’s always encouraging when a home-grown Hoosier company is successful and creates more opportunities to grow and expand their business.” Founded in 2001, Quality Hardwood Sales manufactures wood interior products for the RV industry and constructs component parts for kitchen cabinets, furniture and other custom orders. Offering cut-to-size products, component parts and UV finished products, the company will expand its sales territory, accommodate just-in-time inventory requirements and install new precision equipment. Quality Hardwoods Sales currently employs approximately 85 full-time Indiana associates and plans to begin hiring machine operators, off bearing associates and forklift drivers in April. Interested applicants may apply by filling out an application at the company’s Nappanee office or emailing a resume to tonyc@qhsales.com. ### Read More

Reminder: Congresswoman Walorski Staff Office Hours

2014/07/23

MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) reminded constituents today that a member of her staff will be holding office hours this week and next to assist constituents with casework and official business.  Residents who cannot attend the listed office hours are encouraged to contact Brian Spaulding at (574) 780-1330 to schedule an appointment. For more information on Congresswoman Walorski and available Congressional services and resources, please visit: http://walorski.house.gov/services/additional-services-and-resources.   Wednesday, July 30 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Syracuse Town Hall (Small Board Room) 310 N. Huntington St. Syracuse, Indiana   1 - 4 p.m. Plymouth City Hall (Common Council Chambers) 124 N. Michigan St. (Enter through the Garro Street Entrance) Plymouth, Indiana ### Read More

ICYMI: Walorski Questions IU Health President During House Veterans Affairs Committee

2014/07/16

WASHINGTON D.C. – This morning, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned Indiana University Health System President and CEO Daniel Evans, about the importance of leadership in a large, multi-billion dollar organization, during the committee’s hearing titled ‘An Evaluation of Private Sector Best Practices and the VA Health Care System’. In the exchange, Evans said, “If I went to a meeting and the word patient wasn’t mentioned in the first five minutes, I just assumed I was at the wrong meeting…So you have to engage people in the core work and if the boss isn’t engaged in the core work then it’s never going to happen.” Watch the testimony below or click here. Walorski was appointed by Speaker Boehner to the VA conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate veterans affairs legislation.  Walorski co-sponsored H.R. 4031 and H.R. 4810 in the House of Representatives to address widespread problems currently plaguing the VA. Read More

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Budget

Veterans Affairs

Armed Services

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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