Walorski: Combating Poverty

From her career as a TV news reporter to her time living overseas in Romania to now serving in the People’s House, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) has seen it all.  As Chair of the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, she is passionate about providing opportunities and resources to lift Americans out of poverty, so they can pursue their own dreams and make their own decisions.  It’s all part of the bold, conservative approach that House Republicans are offering for 2016 and beyond.

Rep. Walorski recently sat down with the Washington Examiner to talk more about this.  Catch highlights from her interview with the Washington Examiner below.

Washington Examiner (WE): What led you to run for Congress?

Rep. Walorski: “I had a desire to be able to help people and fight for people. …We [my husband and I] lived for four years in Romania. We saw the remnants of what it’s like to live in a post-communist country where generations of kids and young people had never had anyone teach them things like problem-solving skills…  We were there during 9/11 and being away from this country and seeing it attacked… moved me to basically say to my husband, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this nation stays safe and this never happens again.’ So when I did run, and I did win, I made a hard sell to get on the Armed Services [Committee] and I have been on there for 3 and a half years now making sure that I do my due diligence in making sure this nation stays safe.”

WE: How did working with the impoverished over in Romania shape your viewpoint working on the Nutrition Subcommittee and the work you’re doing there as Chairwoman?

Rep. Walorski: “Poverty exists everywhere.  Needs exists everywhere.  …I saw poverty from a perspective that probably a lot of folks even in Congress haven’t seen.  …When I worked in the Indiana State House for six years, I had the opportunity to work outside of the box, and not always have government be the answer, not always just throw government money at things. …We have to incentivize young people to be great, to be prosperous…I want to fight for this generation of young people.  They don’t need to be bound by poverty. …This government needs to get off their backs and we need to loose these young people to go do what they can do.  That’s what we’re in the process  of doing right now, and that’s just one facet.”

WE: What are some of the unique challenges that women in poverty face?

Rep. Walorski: “The government can’t really think outside the box, the government has to be moved outside the box. …Let’s build a safety net for social services, let’s build a safety net where someone is checking in and if [a woman] is moving forward and then falls down, we have someone there to say, ‘let’s get you picked back up and move you through that process.’ That is an archaic concept to government, but that’s the difference when you start looking at partnering with organizations that are already on the front lines…taking care of these people. That’s where you start seeing the connectedness which starts making the bridge, which starts making the ladder where people can move laterally up and move out of the mess that they’re in.”

Watch the full interview by CLICKING HERE.