Issue: Agriculture

Walorski Urges President Trump to Remain in NAFTA, Modernize Agreement for 21st Century

Walorski Urges President Trump to Remain in NAFTA, Modernize Agreement for 21st Century

Republican Members of Congress Send Letter Reaffirming Economic Benefits of NAFTA

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and dozens of her colleagues this week urged President Trump to build on the economic momentum spurred by tax cuts by remaining in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and modernizing the trade pact for the 21st century.

“The effort you have led to modernize the agreement for the 21st century is incredibly important and, in combination with the historic tax cuts that you signed last year, has the potential to unleash the American economy unlike any other time before,” wrote Walorski and 63 of her House colleagues in a letter to the president. “We can further improve economic opportunities for American consumers, workers, and job creators by remaining in NAFTA and modernizing the agreement. We look forward to working with you and your Administration to realize our shared goal of a modernized NAFTA that will foster even greater economic success for Americans as we continue to compete and win around the world.”

The letter, led by Walorski and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), was signed by 64 Republican members of the House of Representatives.

A signed copy of the letter is available here, and the full text is below.

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We write today to reaffirm the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The effort you have led to modernize the agreement for the 21st century is incredibly important and, in combination with the historic tax cuts that you signed last year, has the potential to unleash the American economy unlike any other time before.

NAFTA provides the foundation for a strong North American economy that will allow us to compete – and win – against the rest of the world. Today, trade with Canada and Mexico stands at $1.3 trillion annually and supports 14 million jobs. Canada and Mexico are the biggest export destination for 37 states. Whether big or small, American manufacturers, farmers, and the services providers from across all sectors of our economy have benefited from NAFTA. For instance, from 1993 to 2016, agriculture exports to Canada and Mexico quadrupled from $8.9 billion to $38.1 billion.

While NAFTA has benefited American workers and businesses, the agreement now is over two decades old, and there is a clear opportunity to improve the agreement and modernize its rules to better address our 21st century economy. Enhanced market access, reduced bureaucratic red tape, expanded energy exports, and updated rules on digital trade, intellectual property rights, and regulatory standards – all fully enforceable through binding dispute settlement – will create certainty for American business, new opportunities for more American jobs, and more benefits to consumers.

Mr. President, your economic stewardship has triggered positive momentum that has not been seen in years. The recent historic tax cuts that you signed into law have delivered significant raises, bonuses, and better benefits for workers, as well as new investments at home in equipment and facilities. We can further improve economic opportunities for American consumers, workers, and job creators by remaining in NAFTA and modernizing the agreement.

We look forward to working with you and your Administration to realize our shared goal of a modernized NAFTA that will foster even greater economic success for Americans as we continue to compete and win around the world.

Sincerely,

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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House Passes Bill to Rebuild Military, Invest in Infrastructure, Boost Opioid Response

House Passes Bill to Rebuild Military, Invest in Infrastructure, Boost Opioid Response

FY18 Funding Legislation Also Includes Walorski Provision to Reduce Costs and Red Tape for American Manufacturers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation to rebuild the military, give servicemembers a raise, invest in infrastructure, combat the opioid crisis, and help American manufacturers and farmers:

“After years of neglect, our Armed Forces are finally getting the resources necessary to begin rebuilding, boost military readiness, and defend our nation from any enemy. With this bill, we are delivering on our constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. And we are giving our troops the tools, training, and support they need – including their biggest pay raise in eight years.

“We are also making key investments in fighting the opioid epidemic, modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, securing our borders, making schools safer, and supporting American manufacturers, farmers, and small businesses. This is a critical step as we continue building on the economic momentum from pro-growth reforms and working toward commonsense solutions that help Hoosier families thrive.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) by a vote of 256 to 167. The bill, which provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, now heads to the Senate.

National Defense: Supports rebuilding our Armed Forces by providing the largest increase in defense funding in 15 years, including resources to increase troop levels, boost military readiness, improve training, and invest in maintenance and new equipment. It also funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our servicemembers – their biggest in eight years.

Veterans: Includes record funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including more resources for health care, addiction treatment, and facility improvements.

Opioids: Provides nearly $4 billion to help communities fight the opioid epidemic – the largest federal investment to date – including funding for treatment, prevention, and law enforcement.

Manufacturers: Cuts costs and red tape for American manufacturers, including in the RV industry, with a provision Walorski authored to fix a technical issue in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff relief program, which is reauthorized for three years.

Farmers: Fixes the Section 199A “grain glitch,” a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to ensure farmers get the same tax benefits when they sell to private companies as they would when selling to co-ops. Walorski recently signed a letter urging congressional leaders to quickly resolve the issue.

Infrastructure: Invests in building a modern infrastructure for the 21st century, including roads, bridges, public transit, airways, railways, waterways, energy, and broadband. Walorski led

Border Security: Boosts border security by funding $2.9 billion in security improvements and technology, including $1.57 billion to begin construction of the border wall.

School Safety: Protects students by implementing key provisions of the STOP School Violence Act, which the House passed last week, and providing more than $2.3 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety programs. The bill also fixes and fully funds the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

Tax Cuts: Ensures the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the resources necessary to fully implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the historic tax reform law that cut taxes for Americans at all income levels and restored America’s economic competitiveness.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Presses Top Trade Negotiator on Response to Tariff Retaliation Threats

Walorski Presses Top Trade Negotiator on Response to Tariff Retaliation Threats

Urges USTR Lighthizer to Consider Impact on Farmers, Manufacturers, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today pressed U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer on the administration’s response to threats of retaliatory tariffs that could harm American farmers, manufacturers, and other small businesses.

“There’s an incredible amount of anxiety in my district over the threat of retaliation,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “That anxiety is shared regardless of industry because manufacturers, suppliers, farmers, and workers will be affected. Are you considering the devastating effect that retaliatory measures could have, especially on small business and family farms that absolutely do not have the resources to absorb big losses?”

BACKGROUND

Ambassador Lighthizer testified before the full Ways and Means Committee about President Trump’s trade policies, including the tariffs on steel and aluminum set to take effect Friday. Several countries and the European Union have threatened retaliatory tariffs on American exports, including agricultural products and manufactured goods produced in Indiana.

Congresswoman Walorski recently sent a letter to President Trump expressing concerns with his tariff proposal and sharing feedback from local manufacturers. She also signed a letter, along with 106 of her House Republican colleagues, urging the president to target unfair trade practices while protecting American jobs, manufacturers, and consumers.

Video of Walorski questioning Lighthizer at today’s hearing is available here. A transcript of their exchange is below.

REP. WALORSKI: I want to talk about 232. Just a couple of point of clarifications. It is my understanding, and I just want you to confirm this, that you are considering participating in the Global Forum on Excess Steel Capacity, that is under consideration?

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: We do participate, and one of the things we’ve asked people who might get an exclusion is if they participate and help us with that. And most of these countries do, by the way.

REP. WALORSKI: The recent Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity held a first minister-level meeting last November, but you were not there, correct?

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: That’s correct. I had no deputies in place at that time, so I was staying here.

REP. WALORSKI: I understand. Will you, in the future, attend those yourself since the rest of the world is looking at this with incredible significance and bringing their ministerial level folks to the table?

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: Well I wouldn’t guarantee it. I would say I think at that meeting I think there were maybe three ministers. So it might have been a ministerial level, but I think about 30 countries did not send ministers and about three did.

REP. WALORSKI: But the one that I’m concerned about is you and this country.

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: Well I understand, but I just want to suggest, the idea was that it was ministerial level. So you had Europe sent one, because it was basically around the corner. You had the German minister, who doesn’t have competence in the area but it was good to be there. And I think there may have been one or two others.

REP. WALORSKI: But the reason I’m asking the question, Ambassador, is while all of those countries have irons in the fire here, you are the ambassador that’s going to go forth under all these rules in 232, and I want you to do as best as you can for our nation and for my district, and that’s my concern. And I believe that you can and I believe that you will.

I want to switch gears, though, really quickly to this issue of retaliation. In my district in northern Indiana with the second largest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the country, there’s a whole host of ag that I’m concerned about: corn, soybeans, dairy, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, tomatoes, and the list goes on.

But half of the soybeans grown in Indiana are exported to China. Honeywell makes brakes and avionics in South Bend that go into Boeing planes. China is threatening retaliation against both. In fact, today, China’s state-run Global Times ran an article alleging that the U.S. is dumping soybeans into China and calling for strong restrictive measures. Corn and motorboats are exported from my district to the EU. Both of those are on the EU’s retaliation list.

Setting aside the tariffs, there’s an incredible amount of anxiety in my district over the threat of retaliation. That anxiety is shared regardless of industry because manufacturers, suppliers, farmers, and workers will be affected. Are you considering the devastating effect that retaliatory measures could have, especially on small business and family farms that absolutely do not have the resources to absorb big losses?

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: Yes.

REP. WALORSKI: In what way?

AMB. LIGHTHIZER: We are gaming out what would happen, what the most likely areas are that you would retaliation, what kinds of things that you would do. We can’t be in a position where we take no action because of threats of retaliation. That’s how you end up having an $800 billion trade deficit, which costs literally millions and millions of jobs in America.

But there is a legitimate threat and, as I’ve said a few times today and many times in the past, agriculture is always on the front line of retaliation. I said that when I first testified. Members would say to me: do you think we should be concerned? I said if you’re in agriculture, you always have to be concerned. Anything that happens it’s going to have, they’re going to figure we can do something on agriculture.

So it’s an unfair situation, but it’s one we have to come to grips with. And you have to think about counter-retaliation, you have to think about programs for farmers who are in this situation. There’s a lot of things that are outside of my realm that have to be considered. But it’s a serious problem and we are very aware of it.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Outlines Farm Bill Priorities

Walorski Outlines Farm Bill Priorities

Shares Priorities with Ag Chairman Based on Feedback from Hoosier Farmers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today sent House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway a letter outlining priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill. Walorski served on the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, chairing the Nutrition Subcommittee.

Based on feedback from Hoosier farmers across Indiana’s 2nd District, Congresswoman Walorski urged Chairman Conaway to protect crop insurance, reduce and eliminate regulatory hurdles, promote U.S. agriculture exports, support voluntary conservation efforts, prepare for disease outbreaks, fix flaws in critical agriculture programs, support research and innovation, and invest in rural broadband.

Walorski also expressed strong support for maintaining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the Farm Bill and working toward improvements based on the findings of the comprehensive review the Agriculture Committee and Nutrition Subcommittee conducted in the last Congress.

The full text of the letter is below.

November 30, 2017

The Honorable K. Michael Conaway
Chairman
House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Conaway,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to let you know the priorities for Indiana’s 2nd District as you begin your work on the 2018 Farm Bill. It was an honor to serve with you on the Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, and your effort to reach out to Members is yet another demonstration of your commitment to a fair, open, and thorough process.

The 2nd District has a very diverse agricultural makeup that includes corn, soybeans, beef, dairy, poultry, eggs, tomatoes, lumber, spearmint, and much more. The following priorities, listed in no particular order, are based on feedback I received from farmers in my district on the vast array of issues they face and their priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill.

  1. Protect Crop Insurance: This crucial backstop for farmers and ranchers should not suffer any further cuts.
  2. Reduce and Eliminate Regulatory Hurdles: Agencies should rely on the best available science in their decisions and be more intentional about consulting with farmers and ranchers on the impact of proposed and existing rules. The runaway regulatory regime of the Obama administration put great burdens on farmers and ranchers – unnecessary and duplicative rules should be eliminated to the greatest extent possible.
  3. Promote U.S. Agriculture Exports: The U.S. trade surplus in agriculture is due in part to programs like the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, which help farmers and ranchers access new foreign markets. Exports are as important as ever at a time of low commodity prices and falling farm incomes.
  4. Support Voluntary Conservation Efforts: My home state of Indiana is a national leader in voluntary conservation programs, and any additional funding flexibility will allow the Hoosier state to continue to innovate and lead with tailored solutions to local issues.
  5. Prepare for Disease Outbreaks: The 2014-2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) ravaged the poultry and egg industries and served as a reminder of the devastating consequences a disease outbreak, but HPAI isn’t the only threat – a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak could be similarly devastating. We must continue to invest in and improve research, preparedness, mitigation, detection, and response to HPAI, FMD, and other diseases.
  6. Fix the Margin Protection Program (MPP) and ARC-PLC: Farmers in my district have voiced strong concerns that the Margin Protection Program (MPP), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program, and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program are not working as intended. While the reasons for the failures and solutions vary, a strong and reliable safety net is needed, and these programs must be more effective.
  7. Ensure a Strong Research Title: USDA research is vital to growing crops more efficiently and effectively, protecting animals and crops against diseases, improving environmental stewardship, discovering new production practices, and studying the way Americans consume our agricultural products.
  8. Invest in Rural Broadband: Our lives are becoming increasingly digital, and farm operations are no different. Unfortunately, internet speeds in rural America greatly lag behind urban and suburban areas. Further investment in rural broadband initiatives can help bridge this gap.

Finally, I want to make a special note on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As you know well, we worked together very closely to comprehensively examine this program in the 114th Congress when I chaired the Nutrition Subcommittee. Dozens of hearings have shown that SNAP is a crucial part of the safety net, that the program works, and that there are improvements that can be made. First and foremost, the Nutrition Title must remain a part of the Farm Bill so that we can make these improvements based on the thorough hearing process. When it comes to SNAP, I also hope that the Farm Bill will:

  1. Allow more innovation and local solutions with strong and impartial follow-up studies;
  2. Facilitate sharing of best practices among states;
  3. Tighten program integrity to increase confidence in state error rate measurements;
  4. Help recipients bridge out of the safety net and into a job; and
  5. Encourage recipient access to healthy food using incentives rather than harsh limitations.

Thank you again, Mr. Chairman, for your leadership and for giving me the opportunity to share what the hardworking Hoosier farmers in my district view as priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill. Should additional issues arise, I will make sure to reach out to you to make you aware. In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck as this process begins.

Sincerely,

JACKIE WALORSKI
Member of Congress

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Discusses Tax Reform with Hoosier Farmers

Walorski Discusses Tax Reform with Hoosier Farmers

Joins 2nd District Farmers for Update on Pro-Growth Tax Reform, Regulatory Relief, Farm Bill

KEWANNA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today met with Hoosier farmers to share an update on tax reform and discuss their priorities for a tax code overhaul and the upcoming farm bill.

“Hoosier farmers are the backbone of our economy, and tax reform is critical to making sure they can stay competitive in the global economy and continue investing in future growth,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to hear directly from our local farmers about the challenges they face and how we can work together to help family farms thrive.”

The meeting, which took place at the Kewanna farm of Fulton County Farm Bureau president Joe Rude, included more than two dozen Indiana Farm Bureau members from across the 2nd District. Congresswoman Walorski and the farmers discussed a wide range of topics, including tax reform, regulatory relief, and the 2018 Farm Bill.

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Walorski is working with her colleagues and the Trump administration on comprehensive legislation to overhaul the nation’s tax code for the first time in 31 years.

Additional photos from today’s Indiana Farm Bureau meeting are available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on Indiana Global Business Center Announcement from Planned Dow, Dupont Merger

MISHAWAKA, IND. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after news that DowDupont will located its Global Business Center in Indiana:

“Indiana’s agriculture industry continues to lead the nation in innovation and ingenuity,” Walorski said. “With a Global Business Center in Indiana, it will only further our progress and development of Hoosier farmers as they continue to make advancements in our industry in partnership with DowDupont.”

Yesterday, DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDupont into three independent, publicly traded companies. The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware, and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Indianapolis and Johnston, Iowa, will also serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations.

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.

Walorski Votes to Support Easing Nutrition Labeling for Restaurants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, today issued the following statement after supporting legislation to ease nutrition labeling requirements for restaurants and stores originally imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The menu labeling regulations released by the FDA are impractical and unnecessarily expensive,” Walorski said. “Forcing our hardworking businesses to spend money and countless hours adhering to the complicated rules is the biggest misuse of their time. Instead, they should be focused on creating jobs and strengthening our economy – not on paperwork. This commonsense legislation will simplify the overcomplicated rules mandated by yet another federal government agency that has run amok.”

H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, would limit FDA regulations requiring restaurants with twenty or more locations to display calorie counts and nutrition information. It would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue new rules to allow a food establishment to post nutritional information exclusively on its website if the majority of its orders are placed online, and aims to protect establishments from being sued for human error.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 266-144 and now heads to the Senate for further 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.

Walorski Meets Notre Dame Grad, Professional Basketball Player, Ruth Riley

Riley Testified Before Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), chairwoman of the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, today met with former University of Notre Dame basketball player Ruth Riley before Riley testified before Walorski’s subcommittee hearing, “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Breaking the Cycle”.

Riley played for the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the 2001 National Championship Women’s Team, won an WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock, and also won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team. She has used her platform as a professional basketball player to serve as an ambassador for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization committed to ending childhood hunger, as part of their No Kid Hungry campaign. Riley used her personal history as a child raised in a single-parent household that relied on food stamps and free-and-reduced lunches and community service experience to testify at the hearing.

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.

Walorski Announces G.R.O.W. Tour

MISHAWAKA, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced details for her upcoming Get Regulation Out of The Way (GROW) tour where she will travel the Second Congressional District to hear how federal regulations have impacted farmers, business owners, and manufacturers.

According to the American Action Forum, the Obama administration has issued over 500 major federal regulations costing taxpayers, including small business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy.

Last week, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Wednesday, August 12

Elkhart County

9 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Superior Oil

Media are welcome to attend

1030 All Pro Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514

St. Joseph County

10:35 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Plastic Solutions, Inc.

Media are welcome to attend

3615 Voorde Drive, South Bend, IN 46628

Marshall County

12:25 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Nishikawaka Standard Co LLC (NISCO aka Cooper Standard)
Media are welcome to attend

501 High Road, Bremen, IN 46506

Pulaski County

2:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour U.S. Aggregates, Inc.
Media are welcome to attend

14530 W 700 S, Francesville, IN 47946

Starke County

4:45 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Hoosier Custom Plastics

Media are welcome to attend

201 Hamilton Drive, Knox, IN 46534

LaPorte County

6:35 p.m. ET – Walorski speak to members of the Indiana Corn and Soybean Alliance

Media are welcome to attend

5702 E 100 S, Mill Creek, IN 46365

Thursday, August 13

Kosciusko County

9:00 a.m. ET – Walorski visit Shatto Ditch

Media are welcome to attend

Approximately 1515 South State Rd 19, Mentone, IN 46539

Wabash County

10:45 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Bulldog Battery

Media are welcome to attend

98 E Canal St, Wabash, IN 46992

Miami County

12:40 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Savage Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1137 West Birmingham Road, Macy, IN 46951

Fulton County

1:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Harsh Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1840 South 875 East, Akron, IN 46910

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.

Walorski Stops at Savage Farms in Miami County

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Macy

Macy, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Miami County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Savage Farms, Walorski toured the farm to learn about various environmental issues including water run-off to various parts of the farms and how that is regulated by federal agencies.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Agriculture is a significant driver of Indiana’s economy and in many rural counties, like Miami, agriculture is the primary economic activity,” Walorski said. “Unfortunately, burdensome regulations are going to take our farmers out of the fields and require them to spend precious time and resources complying with trivial rules. I’m committed to genuine regulatory reform and will continue to work with my House colleagues to ensure our economy is free to grow by ending job-killing regulations, delivering commonsense solutions to scale back the bureaucracy, and reducing the power and interference of federal bureaucrats.”

Founded in 1956, Savage Farms is a small dairy farm in Macy, Indiana.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW 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 Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

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