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, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement following today’s nomination of Ashton Carter as Secretary of Defense:
“As a member of House Armed Services Committee, I have worked with Ashton Carter previously and believe he is fully capable of performing his new duties as Secretary of Defense. Like his three predecessors, he must provide a strategy to protect our nation and our allies while the president continues to cut the defense budget. I look forward to working with him after his Senate confirmation.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3979 – the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, by a vote of 300-119. The NDAA, which is the annual bill to authorize defense spending, now heads to the Senate for further action.
Mishawaka, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the news that Indiana native Peter Kassig is being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):
“My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Peter Kassig and I ask all Hoosiers to join Dean and I in keeping him and his family in our prayers during this difficult time.”
Walorski Reaction to Airstrikes in Syria
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama ordered airstrikes in Syria to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took fire from skeptical House members over the president’s strategy for dealing with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), even after the House approved a plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight the group.
“I find it disturbing that we’re having this hearing after the vote,” Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday.
A day after the House passed legislation authorizing the Pentagon to arm and train vetted Syrian rebels, the debate on Capitol Hill shifted to what the United States needs to do next to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
At a House hearing Thursday, lawmakers pressed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to explain how ISIL can be defeated without at least some U.S. troops on the front lines in Iraq and how the U.S. can navigate a chaotic situation on the ground in Syria among moderate rebels, Islamic extremists and President Bashar Assad’s forces.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski released the following statement after voting in favor an amendment to H.J. Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for 2015 that gives Congressional authorization to assist and train carefully vetted members of the Syrian opposition. The amendment passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 273-156.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski spoke Tuesday in support of a resolution condemning the Obama administration for the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The resolution passed by a vote of 249-163, with 22 Democrats joining all Republicans to support the resolution.