Issue: Defense and National Security

Walorski Joins President Trump for Signing of Order on Aluminum Supply

Walorski Joins President Trump for Signing of Order on Aluminum Supply

Urges Careful, Balanced Investigation of National Security Implications of Aluminum Imports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of a Presidential Memorandum directing the Commerce Department to investigate the impact of aluminum imports on U.S. national security.

“I applaud President Trump’s leadership to ensure U.S. imports of aluminum do not put our national security at risk,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “A careful and balanced investigation is essential to maintaining military readiness while ensuring Hoosier manufacturers continue to have a reliable supply of aluminum at fair market prices. I look forward to reviewing the Commerce Department’s evaluation and working with the administration to protect jobs and our national security.”

BACKGROUND

The Presidential Memorandum signed today directs the Department of Commerce to use its Section 232 authority to investigate the impact of aluminum imports on U.S national security. The investigation will evaluate whether unfair trade practices harm national security by limiting the availability of U.S.-produced aluminum for military equipment, including aircraft and armored vehicles.

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 U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Walorski Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on airstrikes carried out by the U.S. military on targets in Syria:

“The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons to attack innocent civilians demanded a decisive response. Tonight’s U.S. military airstrikes on targets in Syria send a clear message that America will not stand for such atrocities.”

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

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House Takes Action to Hold North Korea Accountable

House Takes Action to Hold North Korea Accountable

Walorski Votes for Bipartisan Measures to Label North Korea a State Sponsor of Terrorism, Condemn Missile Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted for two measures to label North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and condemn the regime’s efforts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“As North Korea poses an increasing threat to our national security, it’s time to call this rogue regime what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “With these measures, we are taking action to hold North Korea accountable and send a clear message that Kim Jong-un’s illicit missile program and provocative maneuvers are unacceptable. Congress is committed to working with the Trump administration to confront this threat and keep America and our allies safe.”

BACKGROUND

The House on Monday passed two bipartisan measures aimed at holding the North Korean regime accountable. The measures now head to the Senate for further consideration.

  • H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, would require the State Department to decide whether to formally designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill passed by a vote of 394 to 1.
  • H.Res. 92 would condemn North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile development program, which violates UN Security Council resolutions. The resolution passed by a vote of 393 to 2.

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

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Bipartisan Group of House Members Seek Additional Information on Marine Obscene Photo Sharing Scandal

Bipartisan Group of House Members Seek Additional Information on Marine Obscene Photo Sharing Scandal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) on Tuesday led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis seeking additional information on the reports that as many as 30,000 Marines are being investigated as part of their involvement in distributing and commenting on obscene photos of female Marines. Walorski and Kuster are specifically requesting “an update to the investigation conducted by NCIS and a detailed explanation of actions taken to date by the Marine Corps, Navy, and DoD.”

Walorski and Kuster were joined by Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), Tim Walz (MI-01), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Mark Takano (CA-41).

“This conduct is wholly unacceptable and disgusting,” the members wrote. “It is blatant sexual harassment and, by admission of officials within the Department of Defense, it puts these women at risk of blackmail – sexual or otherwise – and jeopardizes our national security. Further, this incident punctuates the need for greater reform by the military services.”

The members continued, “…we know you consider sexual harassment and assault to be a serious and persistent issue with the services. It leaves men and women vulnerable to retaliation and violence. Our continued operations in the Global War on Terror and against organizations like Islamic State mean men and women are at greater risk of suffering the psychological wounds of combat. The least we can do is ensure that they are not sexually traumatized by their brothers-in-arms.”

The full text of the letter is available here and below.

March 14, 2017

The Honorable James N. Mattis
Secretary
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Mattis,

We write to you regarding the disturbing reports of sexual harassment and dishonorable conduct by United States Marines on the Facebook group “Marines United.” As reported by the Center of Investigative Reporting, “Marines United” has thousands of followers and is populated with photographs of active-duty and veteran women. Some of these photos are themselves obscene; nearly all of the photos are accompanied by scores of obscene comments from male Marines. As of January 30, 2017, the Center for Investigative Reporting found more than a dozen women were identified by their full name, rank, and military duty station in photographs posted by some members of this group.

This conduct is wholly unacceptable and disgusting. It is blatant sexual harassment and, by admission of officials within the Department of Defense, it puts these women at risk of blackmail – sexual or otherwise – and jeopardizes our national security. Further, this incident punctuates the need for greater reform by the military services. Recent reports have uncovered additional internet message boards populated with similarly obscene photographs and comments, and run by service members across other branches. Although the anonymous nature of these message boards means it is unclear who these service members maybe, if they are service members at all, it makes us additionally concerned that these issues are not isolated to either a few service members or to the Marine Corps.

This incident is deeply disappointing – the United States Marine Corps is renowned as one of the best military services in the world. The gallantry and hard work of the men and women that call themselves United States Marines is impressive and the nation is grateful. However, with that renown and gratitude, we expect much more from the service.

Reportedly, the Marine Corps and the Department of the Navy have taken corrective action to include: the shutdown of the Facebook accounts associated with the photos, discharge from active-duty of at least one Marine, and the initiation of a formal investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. While these are important first steps, it is clearly not sufficient to address this issue – more than two weeks after certain Facebook accounts were deactivated, more photos of women were posted to this group.

We request that the Department of Defense consider further action that it would deem appropriate to correct this issue. We also request an update to the investigation conducted by NCIS and a detailed explanation of actions taken to date by the Marine Corps, Navy, and DoD, including any support services and counseling offered to the affected women. Lastly, we request DoD to ensure lesson learned for its investigations to this issue are appropriately applied across the Department.

Given the testimony by Marine Corps Commandant General Neller and yourself before Congress, we know you consider sexual harassment and assault to be a serious and persistent issue with the services. It leaves men and women vulnerable to retaliation and violence. Our continued operations in the Global War on Terror and against organizations like Islamic State mean men and women are at greater risk of suffering the psychological wounds of combat. The least we can do is ensure that they are not sexually traumatized by their brothers-in-arms.

As a retired and highly decorated Marine general, we know you take the motto semper fidelis to heart. We know you will ensure swift justice is served and that the finest traditions of the United States naval service are upheld.

Sincerely,

Ann McLane Kuster                                                     Jackie Walorski
Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Lois Frankel                                                                 Julia Brownley
Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Katherine Clark                                                           Ruben Gallego
Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Cheri Bustos                                                                Beto O’Rourke
Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Tim Walz                                                                     Jackie Speier
Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Mark Takano
Member of Congress

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Walorski Statement on President Trump’s Address to Congress

Walorski Statement on President Trump’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress:

“In his first address to Congress, President Trump presented a positive vision and a bold agenda for our country. From jump-starting our economy and growing jobs to rebuilding our military and protecting our veterans, Congress and the president are committed to working together for real solutions that make a difference in people’s lives.

“That’s why we’re working together to fix our broken tax code and make it flatter, simpler, and fairer. We’re rolling back burdensome regulations that are crushing small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers. We’re working to provide relief to the millions of families struggling under Obamacare by repealing and replacing it with a better system that lowers costs, increases choices, and protects patients with pre-existing conditions. And we’re making sure our servicemen and women have the resources they need on the battlefield and the care they deserve when they return home.

“The president’s message was one of optimism, unity, and faith in the American spirit – just what this country needs. Congress and President Trump are off to a great start working for the American people, and I couldn’t be more excited about what we are going to accomplish together.”

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

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Walorski Resolution Would Condemn Lawfare Against Israel

Walorski Resolution Would Condemn Lawfare Against Israel

Palestinian Authority Seeking to Use International Criminal Court to Undermine Israel’s Right to Self Defense

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski recently introduced a resolution, H.Res. 109, condemning the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to use the International Criminal Court (ICC) to weaken Israel’s sovereignty and hinder its ability to defend itself from terrorism.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States is a reminder that Israel is a true ally and a fellow democracy, and that we must stand against efforts to weaken Israel’s sovereignty,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Palestinian Authority’s actions in the International Criminal Court threaten Israel’s right to self defense and our own national security, and we should condemn this lawfare without hesitation.”

BACKGROUND

On January 15, 2015, the Palestinian Authority lodged a declaration under the Rome Statute, the founding document of the ICC, alleging Israel committed war crimes during its defensive operations in 2014 against Hamas, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. The prosecutor of the ICC then began a preliminary examination. On April 1, 2015, the Palestinian Authority officially joined the ICC and has threatened to bring two additional charges against Israel.

This abuse of international law to put political pressure on Israel outside of accepted diplomatic processes weakens Israel’s sovereignty and its right to self defense and jeopardizes long-standing U.S. policy to insist that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties.

H.Res. 109 would condemn the actions of the Palestinian Authority to join the ICC and undertake legal action against Israel as a politically motivated act of lawfare that threatens the national security of the United State, Israel, and our other democratic allies.

The resolution would also reiterate the support of the House for a resolution to the conflict through direct talks, which are threatened by the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to seek legitimacy for unilateral statehood through international institutions.

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 New Iran Sanctions

Walorski Statement on New Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions After Iran Conducts Ballistic Missile Test

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the Trump administration announced new sanctions in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile test:

“The Trump administration’s decisive response to Iran’s latest provocation is a key step toward cracking down on Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. These new sanctions show the United States is once again ready to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its dangerous and destabilizing behavior.”

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 Terrorism Executive Order

Walorski Statement on Immigration Executive Order

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending travel from several countries where terrorism poses a high threat:

“The United States has an important role to play in addressing the humanitarian crisis and establishing stability in the Middle East, but the safety and security of the American people must be our first priority.

“The temporary suspension of the refugee program and admission of individuals from countries where terrorism poses an elevated threat will allow our national security officials to examine the vetting process and strengthen safeguards to prevent terrorists from entering our homeland.

“I hope the administration provides greater clarity in the coming days on its implementation of the order and its review of vetting procedures.”

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 Manning Commutation

Walorski Statement on Manning Commutation

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence:

“President Obama’s disgraceful decision puts American lives at risk by sending a clear message that traitors will not be held accountable for undermining our national security, aiding our enemies, and endangering our troops, intelligence officers, diplomats, and allies around the world.”

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 Nomination of Coats for DNI

Walorski Statement on Nomination of Coats for DNI

President-Elect Trump Selects Former Indiana Senator to Lead Intelligence Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.-02) today released the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Indiana U.S. Senator Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence:

“No one is more dedicated to the safety and security of the American people than Senator Dan Coats. He is a strong addition to President-elect Trump’s national security team, and I am confident my fellow Hoosier will be an excellent leader of our intelligence services as they work to protect our nation from threats around the world.”

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