Walorski Joins Great Lakes Taskforce

Friday, January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) announced that she has joined the Great Lakes Task Force, a bi-partisan, bicameral group that works to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of the Great Lakes as part of the Northeast-Midwest (NEMW) Congressional Coalition.

Members of the task force work together to support key regional programs that enhance environmental quality and economic development throughout the Great Lakes basin.

“As a frequent visitor of Lake Michigan, I know firsthand that investments made by the Great Lakes Task Force to preserve and protect these bodies of water will create a long lasting impact both in terms of economic and environmental benefits for future generations to enjoy.”

Founded in the mid-1980s, the Great Lakes Task Forces work together to advocate for policies and programs that enhance our unique natural resource—the Great Lakes. The bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Coalitions have worked for over 30 years to advance the economic competitiveness, environmental quality, and energy interests of this 18-state region.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), NEMW Congressional Coalition chairman and Great Lakes Task Force member, welcomed Rep.

Walorski into the Task Force saying, “Rep. Walorski understands that the Great Lakes are a national treasure and an economic driver for Indiana. The issues we tackle in the Great Lakes Task Force affect millions of citizens and cross party lines. Rep. Walorski has been a longtime champion of the Great Lakes and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the Task Force going forward.”

Major issues of concern to members include home energy assistance to low-income families, assistance to small manufacturers, clean water and safe drinking water revolving fund monies, community development block grants, weatherization assistance, watershed ecosystem restoration, and trade adjustment assistance.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

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