Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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Veterans Issues

As a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I am honored and privileged to represent over 50,000 veterans in Indiana’s Second District. For every Hoosier veteran, and every veteran in this country, I am grateful for their selfless response to the call to serve our country.  As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I understand the sacrifices veterans and their families make. This is why sitting on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee is so important to me.

While in Congress I have worked with my colleagues on a number of initiatives to provide veterans with better access to the services and benefits they have earned. I am proud to have cosponsored the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013, H.R. 569, which provides a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to VA beneficiaries at the same rate as the Social Security COLA for 2014. I am also proud to have cosponsored the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013, H.R. 357, which requires that as a condition of approval for GI Bill education benefits, any public institution in a state must give all veterans in-state tuition rates.

In addition to cosponsoring legislation, I have also drafted a number of letters addressing significant issues affecting veterans. I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking how the medical device tax will impact the VA and what plans the VA has in the future for ensuring veterans will continue to receive quality medical devices.  I also joined my colleagues on a number of occasions in sending a letter to the President and Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs asking for greater collaboration between the agencies and a commitment to ending the backlog.

More on Veterans Issues

Apr 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – As part of the ongoing investigation into the wait time scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, introduced legislation to increase accountability in the VA’s scheduling practices.

Mar 1, 2016 In The News

The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved a provision authored by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) on Thursday that would require Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in drug monitoring programs.

Language authored by Walorski was added to an amended version of the committee-approved Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, H.R. 4063.

Feb 25, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed Rep. Jackie Walorski’s (IN-02), language requiring all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in Indiana and across the nation to participate in their respective state’s drug monitoring program.

Dec 18, 2015 In The News

A new law was introduced in Washington, D.C. following a FOX59 investigation.

Currently, VA facilities across the country are not required to report their prescribing practices to state-operated databases. Many states currently use a database to hold doctors and patients accountable.

Representative Jackie Wolorski (R-Ind), introduced H.R. 4297 to the house on Thursday. The bill would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain information to state controlled substance monitoring programs.

Dec 17, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 16, 2015)-- New legislation was filed Wednesday on Capitol Hill following a FOX59 investigation into the prescribing practices at the Marion Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), will speak on the house floor Thursday morning and introduce the bill. She is also a member of the Veteran Affairs Committee.

Dec 17, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of recent abuses by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in overprescribing medication to veterans, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, introduced legislation requiring all Veteran Administration Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Indiana and across the nation to participate in their respective state’s drug monitoring program.

Dec 8, 2015 In The News

A congresswoman is asking the Pentagon for information on how it addresses drug abuse in the ranks, saying the military should be a model for how the country deals with the issue.

“Our Armed Forces are not immune from the issues confronting our society, including drug abuse,” Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter dated Monday. “While drug abuse is significantly lower in the military, many of our service members and their dependents still struggle with addiction to prescription opioid pain medications.”

Dec 2, 2015 In The News

MARION, Ind. (Dec. 1, 2015)- For the second consecutive day, federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were on site at the VA hospital in Marion. The inspection is looking into the high number of powerful narcotics and opiates purchased by the hospital in recent years.

The Marion VA is the largest purchaser of highly addictive pain medications for any facility in the northern district of Indiana, according to court documents.

Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – During a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing  earlier today, Rep.