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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U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski said Friday that a recent visit to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has only reinforced her belief that it would be dangerous to close the facility and transfer detainees to the U.S.
“We’ve had many, many briefings about how to move these prisoners, terrorists … and I’m fully confident after leaving there that it will not work,” Walorski, R-Jimtown, told The Tribune by phone from her apartment in Washington.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) returned tonight from a daylong, bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Members of the CODEL observed detention operations, received an intelligence overview and toured specific areas of the detention facility. The trip also included meetings with the commander and deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and other personnel at the detention facility.
President Obama is asking Congress to officially allow military force to fight ISIS.
This comes after a 26-year-old American aid worker was killed while being held hostage by ISIS.
We spoke to people in downtown South Bend to find out what they think about the president's military authorization request.
There were mixed reviews but most of the people we talked with believe the sooner the better.
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have killed hostages and threatened the United States.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement regarding the security breach on Anthem Inc.:
“News of the cyberattack at Anthem is deeply disturbing and unfortunately in this technology-driven world, we must direct more resources and attention to protecting Americans from cybersecurity threats.
“This latest attack should send a clear message that we are all at risk of this act and it is my hope that the Obama administration will take a proactive approach to protecting the personal information of the millions of American who are at risk.”
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.