Issue: Economy and Jobs

House Passes Walorski Measure to Reduce Costs, Red Tape for American Manufacturers

House Passes Walorski Measure to Reduce Costs, Red Tape for American Manufacturers

Tariff Relief Bill Includes Walorski Provisions to Save Manufacturers Time and Money

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded House passage of a tariff relief bill that includes provisions she authored to reduce unnecessary costs and red tape for American manufacturers, including in the RV industry.

“Northern Indiana is known as the RV Capital of the World, so Hoosiers know just how vital manufacturing is to our nation’s economy,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We should never let minor technical issues create major hurdles for businesses building American-made products. This bipartisan bill makes commonsense fixes that will save manufacturers time and money better used to expand, innovate, and create jobs.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of the bill is available here.

 BACKGROUND

The House passed H.R. 4979, which renews the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff relief program for three years, by a vote of 400 to 2. The GSP program lowers costs for American businesses, workers, and consumers by reducing or eliminating duties on a range of products imported from developing countries.

Last week, Walorski joined House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) to introduce H.R. 4979, which includes provisions from Walorski’s bill, the Competitive Need Limitations Modernization Act (H.R. 4068). The provisions would fix two technical issues in the GSP program that lead to unnecessary costs and paperwork for American manufacturers.

To be eligible under GSP, a product cannot exceed dollar and percentage thresholds, called competitive need limitations (CNLs). The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) may grant a CNL waiver under certain conditions, such as U.S. national security interests, no domestic production, or low total imports.

However, a waiver on the grounds of no domestic production can only be granted if there was no production on January 1, 1995. Walorski’s legislation would change the fixed date to a period of the previous three years. Additionally, the legislation would align the CNL waiver application deadline with the reporting of full-year trade data to ensure all relevant information is available to businesses.

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

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Walorski Meets with President Trump on Trade Issues

Walorski Meets with President Trump on Trade Issues

Joins Colleagues at White House Meeting to Discuss Steel, Aluminum Supply Investigations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today met with President Trump at the White House along with a group of House and Senate colleagues to discuss trade issues, including actions the administration is considering in response to investigations into the domestic supply of steel and aluminum.

“Businesses and workers in my district and across the country are already seeing tremendous benefits from the tax cuts and regulatory reforms Congress and President Trump have enacted,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Finding a careful and balanced solution to Chinese overcapacity is critical to further strengthening our economy and supporting American manufacturing jobs. I’m grateful to President Trump for the opportunity to share input from the hardworking Hoosiers I represent, and I look forward to working together toward commonsense solutions that benefit American workers, consumers, and businesses.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski conveyed to President Trump the significant impact overly-broad tariffs or quotas on aluminum and steel imports could have on manufacturing jobs. Video of Walorski’s discussion with the president is available here.

Recreation vehicle, boat, and trailer manufacturers are major employers in Indiana’s 2nd District, with 15,000 direct jobs from the RV industry alone. Local manufacturers have raised concerns that tariffs or quotas would drive costs up, derailing the recovery the industry has seen since the height of the recession.

The president is currently evaluating the results of investigations into whether unfair trade practices harm national security by limiting the availability of U.S.-produced aluminum and steel for military equipment, including aircraft, ships, and armored vehicles.

In April 2017, Walorski joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Commerce to use its Section 232 authority to investigate the impact of aluminum imports on national security. At the time, Walorski called for “a careful and balanced investigation [that maintains] military readiness while ensuring Hoosier manufacturers continue to have a reliable supply of aluminum at fair market prices.”

In June 2017, at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee, Walorski urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to ensure the investigations and any resulting actions take into consideration the potential impact tariffs and quotas could have on American manufacturers, including those in northern Indiana.

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 President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Walorski Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“President Trump tonight displayed the kind of bold optimism that defines the American spirit. Congress and the president set out last year to build a stronger country and make sure the American Dream remains a reality. Now hardworking families are seeing the benefits of the historic tax cuts we passed into law, while job creators are seizing the opportunity to hire more workers, raise wages, and invest in our local communities.

“In the face of global threats, President Trump has been steadfast as commander-in-chief, standing strong against our nation’s enemies and working with Congress to restore our military to full strength. And his decision to keep Gitmo open for the most dangerous terrorist detainees will make America safer.

“The president spoke with a message of unity and a vision for a brighter future, and I’m excited to keep working together for the American people.”

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

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Walorski Votes to End Government Shutdown

Walorski Votes to End Government Shutdown

Congress Passes Bill to Reopen Government, Suspend Job-Killing Tax, Reauthorize CHIP for Six Years

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted to send the president legislation that ends the government shutdown, suspends the job-killing medical device tax for two years, and reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

“After Senate Democrats held the government hostage over an unrelated immigration issue for three days, a bill to end the government shutdown is finally on its way to the president’s desk,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Not only does this bill allow our military to resume full maintenance and training operations, it also protects Hoosier jobs from the medical device tax and ensures millions of kids continue to have health coverage through CHIP. This shutdown was irresponsible and unnecessary, and I’m glad it’s over. I hope congressional Democrats will leave these partisan games behind so we can work together for the American people.”

BACKGROUND

The House today passed an amended version of H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, by a vote of 266 to 150. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier Monday, would extend government funding through February 8, 2018, as well as suspend the medical device tax for two years and renew CHIP funding for six years. The bill now heads to President Trump to be signed into law.

The House last week passed nearly identical legislation extending government funding through February 16, 2018, but Senate Democrats blocked the bill, leading to a three-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

Congresswoman Walorski in December introduced H.R. 4617, which would suspend for five years the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales enacted under Obamacare. Congress in 2015 delayed the tax through 2017. The House has also passed legislation to permanently repeal the tax.

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

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Statement from Indiana Republican Members of Congress on Funding Bill

Statement from Indiana Republican Members of Congress on Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Jim Banks (IN-03), Todd Rokita (IN-04), Susan Brooks (IN-05), and Larry Bucshon, M.D., (IN-08) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), suspend the medical device tax, and keep the government open:

“The House took action to stop the job-killing medical device tax, extend CHIP for six years, and provide critical funding for our military. Now Senate Democrats have a choice: they can protect Hoosier jobs, fund children’s health care, and support our troops, or they can shut the government down. This shouldn’t be a difficult decision to make. We hope they side with Hoosier workers and families by rejecting a politically-motivated government shutdown.”

BACKGROUND

The House on Thursday passed H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, by a vote of 230 to 197. The bill would extend government funding through February 16, 2018, suspend the medical device tax for two years, and renew CHIP funding for six years.

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Walorski Supports Funding Bill with Medical Device Tax Relief, CHIP Reauthorization

Walorski Supports Funding Bill with Medical Device Tax Relief, CHIP Reauthorization

Bill Suspends Job-Killing Tax, Extends CHIP for Six Years, Averts Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting to suspend the job-killing medical device tax for two years, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, and avert a government shutdown that would damage military readiness and put servicemembers at risk:

“Obamacare’s medical device tax is a proven job-killer, especially in northern Indiana. That’s why I fought to include a two-year suspension of the tax in this bill. It will provide relief to local manufacturers, protect Hoosier jobs, and allow Congress to get back to work on a full and permanent repeal of the tax.

“The Children’s Health Insurance Program makes a real difference in people’s lives. This bill fully funds CHIP for six years – the longest extension in the history of the program – so Hoosier families who depend on it can have peace of mind that this program isn’t going away.

“Now that the House has taken action, it’s time for the Senate to send this bill to the president’s desk. A government shutdown would put our brave men and women in uniform at risk, and it would harm our national security. I hope Senate Democrats will put politics aside and pass this critical bill, because our soldiers should never be used as bargaining chips.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed H.R. 195, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, by a vote of 230 to 197. The bill extends government funding through February 16, 2018, suspends the medical device tax for two years, and extends CHIP funding for six years.

Congresswoman Walorski in December introduced H.R. 4617, which would suspend the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales for five years. Congress in 2015 delayed the tax for two years, but it is set to take effect once again in 2018. The House has also passed legislation to permanently repeal the tax.

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

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2017 in Review: Delivering on Our Promises

2017 in Review:
Delivering on Our Promises

Last year, I worked with my colleagues in Congress and with President Trump to deliver on the promises we made to the American people. We made a lot of progress on the American people’s agenda. But we still have more to do, and I’m ready to get back to work. Now that 2018 is here, I couldn’t be more excited to start another year of fighting for Hoosiers and putting America on a stronger path.

As we get back to work in Congress, here are a few of the biggest wins of 2017:

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law.

Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That means hardworking Hoosiers at all income levels will be getting a tax cut. Middle-income Americans will be able to keep more of the money they earn. And businesses will be able to grow, invest, hire more workers, and raise wages.

Obamacare’s individual mandate was repealed.

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the burdensome individual mandate penalty under Obamacare was repealed. That means no one will be forced to buy a health insurance plan they don’t want and can’t afford.

Our troops are getting a pay raise.

The bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act will give our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years and ensure they have the tools, training, and support they need to confront any threat. And it boosts investment in our Armed Forces after years of underfunding so the military can rebuild and keep our nation safe.

Congress took action to counter Iran and North Korea.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and continues to test ballistic missiles in violation of international law. North Korea is a menace that regularly threatens to destroy the United States and our allies with nuclear weapons. We have taken action to counter the growing threat these rogue regimes pose with robust and wide-ranging sanctions.

We passed reforms to hold the VA accountable.

We have a responsibility to the brave men and women who served this country in uniform. That’s why we passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. It will give the VA secretary important new tools to create a culture of accountability and ensure employees in VA facilities across the country put veterans first.

The House passed concealed carry reciprocity.

Americans don’t lose their Second Amendment rights when they cross state lines, and they shouldn’t lose their concealed carry rights either. I voted for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and allow those qualified to carry a concealed firearm to do so in any state that allows it.

We rolled back burdensome regulations.

Under the previous administration, burdensome regulations were holding back our small businesses, farmers, and other job creators. Congress and President Trump worked together to roll back costly regulations, and the House passed bills like the REINS Act to rein in the bureaucracy and change how Washington works.

Walorski Statement on President Signing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Walorski Statement on President Signing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Historic Tax Reform Law Will Cut Taxes for Americans at All Income Levels, Boost Economic Growth and Job Creation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law:

“President Trump has signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, which means hardworking Hoosiers at all income levels will be getting a tax cut. Middle-income Americans will be able to keep more of the money they earn, and businesses will be able to grow, invest, hire more workers, and raise wages. This law fulfills our promise to deliver a fair and simple tax code that puts working families first and gives them a better shot at the American Dream.”

BACKGROUND

The House and Senate earlier this week passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1, the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It passed the House with Walorski’s support by a vote of 227 to 203. Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of this historic tax reform bill is available here.

Bigger Paychecks

American taxpayers send too much of their hard-earned money to Washington, making it harder for middle-income families to thrive. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means bigger paychecks for hardworking families, more money in their pockets, and more flexibility in how they use it.

  • Lowers income tax rates for Americans at all income levels, with rates of 0, 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, and 37 percent.
  • Roughly doubles the amount of income excluded from taxes, with the standard deduction increasing to $24,000 for married couples and $12,000 for individuals.
  • Supports families by expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Adoption Tax Credit.
  • Makes no changes to critical retirement savings options like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Maintains important education benefits like student-loan interest deductions and expands 529 accounts so families can save for elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education.

Fairer Taxes

The tax code is overly complicated and full of special interest carve-outs and loopholes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates special interest tax breaks and makes the tax code simpler so people can spend less time filing their taxes.

  • Simplifies the tax code so most individuals and families can file their taxes as easily as filling out a postcard.
  • Eliminates special-interest loopholes while maintaining important middle-class tax incentives.
  • Continues important tax deductions for middle-income Americans, including for charitable contributions, home mortgage interest, medical expenses, and state and local taxes up to $10,000.
  • Eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty so no one is forced to buy a health insurance plan they don’t want.
  • Protects family farms and small businesses from the Death Tax by doubling the amount of the current exemption.

More Jobs

Our outdated tax code makes it harder for businesses to create jobs and compete in the 21st century economy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help businesses grow, invest, and hire more workers, and it will keep America competitive in the global economy.

  • Lowers taxes on small businesses by offering a 20 percent deduction on business income earned by S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietorships.
  • Ensures tax relief is targeted to Main Street job creators by establishing strong safeguards.
  • Helps businesses invest and expand by allowing full and immediate expensing of new equipment and by preserving the ability of small businesses to write off interest on loans.
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, below the average among industrialized nations.
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by ending incentives to send American jobs, manufacturing, and profits overseas.
  • Supports “Made in America” innovation by maintaining the Research and Development Tax Credit.

For more information about tax reform, visit walorski.house.gov/taxreform.

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 Sending Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President’s Desk

Walorski Statement on Sending Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President’s Desk

Congress Passes Historic Tax Reform Legislation, Now Awaiting President Trump’s Signature

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, sending it to President Trump for his signature:

“Hardworking Hoosiers send too much of their hard-earned money to Washington and spend too much time figuring out their taxes. Today we are turning away from the status quo and fixing a broken system that for too long has held our country back.

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will let middle-income Americans keep more of the money they earn. It will boost our economy and help businesses grow, invest, hire more workers, and raise wages. It will deliver a fair and simple tax code that puts working families first. And now it is on its way to President Trump’s desk.”

BACKGROUND

The House and Senate both passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1, the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It passed the House with Walorski’s support by a vote of 224 to 201. Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of this historic tax reform bill is available here.

Bigger Paychecks

American taxpayers send too much of their hard-earned money to Washington, making it harder for middle-income families to thrive. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means bigger paychecks for hardworking families, more money in their pockets, and more flexibility in how they use it.

  • Lowers income tax rates for Americans at all income levels, with rates of 0, 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, and 37 percent.
  • Roughly doubles the amount of income excluded from taxes, with the standard deduction increasing to $24,000 for married couples and $12,000 for individuals.
  • Supports families by expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Adoption Tax Credit.
  • Makes no changes to critical retirement savings options like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Maintains important education benefits, including student-loan interest deductions, and expands 529 accounts so families can save for elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education.

Fairer Taxes

The tax code is overly complicated and full of special interest carve-outs and loopholes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates special interest tax breaks and makes the tax code simpler so people can spend less time filing their taxes.

  • Simplifies the tax code so most individuals and families can file their taxes as easily as filling out a postcard.
  • Eliminates special-interest loopholes while maintaining important middle-class tax incentives.
  • Continues important tax deductions for middle-income Americans, including for charitable contributions, home mortgage interest, medical expenses, and state and local taxes up to $10,000.
  • Eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty so no one is forced to buy a health insurance plan they don’t want.
  • Protects family farms and small businesses from the Death Tax by doubling the amount of the current exemption.

More Jobs

Our outdated tax code makes it harder for businesses to create jobs and compete in the 21st century economy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help businesses grow, invest, and hire more workers, and it will keep America competitive in the global economy.

  • Lowers taxes on small businesses by offering a 20 percent deduction on business income earned by S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietorships.
  • Ensures tax relief is targeted to Main Street job creators by establishing strong safeguards.
  • Helps businesses invest and expand by allowing full and immediate expensing of new equipment and by preserving the ability of small businesses to write off interest on loans.
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, below the average among industrialized nations.
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by ending incentives to send American jobs, manufacturing, and profits overseas.
  • Supports “Made in America” innovation by maintaining the Research and Development Tax Credit.

For more information about tax reform, visit walorski.house.gov/taxreform.

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

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Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Signed Into Law

“President Trump has signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, which means hardworking Hoosiers at all income levels will be getting a tax cut. Middle-income Americans will be able to keep more of the money they earn, and businesses will be able to grow, invest, hire more workers, and raise wages. This law fulfills our promise to deliver a fair and simple tax code that puts working families first and gives them a better shot at the American Dream.”

 


Read about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

American jobs.

Fair and simple taxes.

More money in your pocket.

  • Click here to read the final text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Click here to read policy highlights of the bill.

What tax reform means for you

Bigger paychecks.

American taxpayers send too much of their hard-earned money to Washington, making it harder for middle-income families to thrive. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means bigger paychecks for hardworking families, more money in their pockets, and more flexibility in how they use it.

  • Lowers income tax rates for Americans at all income levels, with rates of 0, 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35, and 37 percent.
  • Roughly doubles the amount of income excluded from taxes, with the standard deduction increasing to $24,000 for married couples and $12,000 for individuals.
  • Supports families by expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 and preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the Adoption Tax Credit.
  • Makes no changes to critical retirement savings options like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts.
  • Maintains important education benefits, including student-loan interest deductions, and expands 529 accounts so families can save for elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education.

Fairer taxes.

The tax code is overly complicated and full of special interest carve-outs and loopholes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates special interest tax breaks and makes the tax code simpler so people can spend less time filing their taxes.

  • Simplifies the tax code so most individuals and families can file their taxes as easily as filling out a postcard.
  • Eliminates special-interest loopholes while maintaining important middle-income tax incentives.
  • Continues important tax deductions for middle-income Americans, including for charitable contributions, home mortgage interest, medical expenses, and state and local taxes up to $10,000.
  • Eliminates Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty so no one is forced to buy a health insurance plan they don’t want.
  • Protects family farms and small businesses from the Death Tax by doubling the amount of the current exemption.

More jobs.

Our outdated tax code makes it harder for businesses to create jobs and compete in the 21st century economy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help businesses grow, invest, and hire more workers, and it will keep America competitive in the global economy.

  • Lowers taxes on small businesses by offering a 20 percent deduction on business income earned by S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietorships.
  • Ensures tax relief is targeted to Main Street job creators by establishing strong safeguards.
  • Helps businesses invest and expand by allowing full and immediate expensing of new equipment and by preserving the ability of small businesses to write off interest on loans.
  • Lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, below the average among industrialized nations.
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by ending incentives to send American jobs, manufacturing, and profits overseas.
  • Supports “Made in America” innovation by maintaining the Research and Development Tax Credit.

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Read my op-ed in the South Bend Tribune

Viewpoint: Time to fix the broken tax code

By Jackie Walorski

We’ve all heard the reasons why we need tax reform: Our tax code hasn’t been updated in 31 years. It’s complicated, antiquated, and unfair. It’s holding our economy back.

But you don’t have to read all 70,000-plus pages of the tax code to know it’s hurting American workers and families.

Hoosiers know this system is broken. You send too much of your hard-earned money to Washington and spend too much time figuring out your taxes. The tax code favors special interests, not hardworking Hoosiers like you.

It’s time to change all that.

When I joined the Ways and Means Committee, I set out to give Hoosiers a voice in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our broken tax code. We worked with President Trump to come up with a plan that puts families, small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers first.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will finally deliver the fair and simple tax code you deserve — one that cuts taxes for middle-class families and once again makes America the best place in the world to start and grow a business.

This bill will give workers and businesses a better chance to succeed. It will simplify the tax code by eliminating special-interest loopholes. And it will let you keep more of the money you earn.

Read the rest of the op-ed here


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