Defense and National Security
Because of our military personnel and their families, the United States has the most capable and best trained fighting force in the world. I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee where I am able to exercise congressional oversight on the Pentagon, and ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need and receive the benefits they have earned.
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT) today introduced bicameral legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president’s term.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which authorizes defense spending, by a vote of 277 to 147:
by Leigh Munsil
The National Security Council has grown massively during President Barack Obama’s tenure — in both size and influence. But there’s only so much that the public is permitted to know about what exactly the national security-focused office within the White House is doing.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded House’s unanimous approval of her amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to restore transparency and accountability to the National Security Council (NSC) by requiring it to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke on the House Floor in support of her amendment, which was adopted by voice vote. Video of her remarks is available here.
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.
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:
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.
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."
Days after US Special Operatives captured a leader of the Islamic State, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski introduced a resolution on how to handle the captured fighters, saying it's simple: send him to Guantanamo Bay.
In a statement released on Tuesday, she said in-part:
WASHINGTON –Days after U.S Special Operatives captured a leader of the Islamic State and with mounting questions remaining unanswered on how to handle captured fighters, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced a resolution to send detained Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters to Guantánamo Bay.