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Walorski Statement on Release of Osama Bin Laden’s Bodyguard from Gitmo

Walorski Statement on Release of Osama Bin Laden’s Bodyguard from Gitmo

Walorski Bill Would Halt Detainee Transfers Through End of Year

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the release of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi from Guantanamo Bay:

“The terrorist detainees being released from Guantanamo Bay – like Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard – are the worst of the worst. The administration’s plan to recklessly free at least two dozen terrorists this summer in an effort to close Gitmo puts American lives at risk. That is why I introduced a bill to immediately ban transfers for the rest of the year, or until new safeguards in the National Defense Authorization Act are signed into law.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (MT) last month introduced bicameral legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president’s term. The bill (H.R. 5351 / S. 2999) would prohibit these transfers until either the end of this year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017.

The House-passed NDAA includes Walorski’s provision to require written agreements between the U.S. government and the government of any foreign country that agrees to accept detainees. That bill also would require the next administration to provide Congress with a comprehensive detention plan outlining how the release of any Gitmo detainee fits into the broader strategy for handling individuals detained during wartime.

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

Walorski Votes for Critical National Security Measures to Combat Terrorism

Walorski Votes for Critical National Security Measures to Combat Terrorism

House Passes Anti-Terrorism Bills, Defense Funding for FY17

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for legislation to boost counterterrorism efforts and provide critical military funding to combat ISIS in the wake of last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla.

“The devastating terrorist attack in Orlando was a sobering reminder that we are a nation at war with radical Islamic terrorists,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The House acted swiftly to ensure authorities are prepared to counter terrorist recruitment and our military is equipped to confront any threat. I urge the Senate to pass these critical bills immediately, and I call on the President to not only sign them into law but also outline a comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS prevent further terrorist attacks against Americans.”

BACKGROUND

The House responded to last weekend’s terrorist attack in Orland by passing the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act (H.R. 5471) by a vote of 402 to 15. The legislation, which combines three previously-passed anti-terrorism bills, would:

  • Enhance authorities’ efforts to disrupt potential terrorist plots by allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train personnel to better identify and counter-radicalization;
  • Require DHS to use intelligence and testimonials from former violent extremists to counter propaganda and recruitment efforts by terrorist organizations like ISIS; and
  • Establish the Counterterrorism Advisory Board (CTAB), the primary anti-terrorism decision-making body at DHS, and ensures the CTAB is positioned to address evolving terrorist threats.

The Department of Defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 (H.R. 5293), which the House passed by a vote of 282 to 138, would provide $576.3 billion in funding to improve military readiness, give troops a pay raise, maintain the U.S. military’s technological edge, and ensure the military has the tools and resources needed to defeat any enemy. Last month, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets the nation’s defense policies and authorizes funding levels.

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

Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty

Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty

Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee Has Studied Hunger Assistance Reforms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today was honored by the Congressional Hunger Center for her work to fight hunger and poverty. As chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Walorski has held more than a dozen hearings over 18 months examining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its role in anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts.

“I want to thank the Congressional Hunger Center as well as Congressman Jim McGovern, my Ranking Member on the Nutrition Subcommittee, for all their work on these critical issues,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The goal of replacing poverty and hunger with prosperity and opportunity is a bipartisan one, and I hope our cooperation and collaboration lays the groundwork for real improvements to how we help Americans build a bridge out of poverty.”

Walorski was one of seven honorees at the 2016 Hunger Leadership Awards. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, presented Walorski with the award. Other honorees included U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (KS) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), and chef and restaurateur Jose Andres. The Congressional Hunger Center is a nonprofit organization that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers.

Walorski has held numerous hearings of the Nutrition Subcommittee to study the past, present, and future of SNAP and reviewing the unique challenges facing children, seniors, veterans, and active duty military families trying to get back on their feet and break free from the cycle of poverty and hunger. Among the issues studied were the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise – and the way the more than 80 anti-poverty programs work with each other.

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

Walorski Votes to Prevent Higher Energy Prices for Hoosier Families and Businesses

Walorski Votes to Prevent Higher Energy Prices for Hoosier Families and Businesses

House Passes Measures Opposing New Energy Taxes, Giving States Flexibility to Implement Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted to oppose higher taxes on energy that would raise costs for Hoosier families and businesses. The House passed H.Con.Res. 89, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would harm the U.S. economy, and H.Con.Res. 112, expressing opposition to the president’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil. Earlier this week, the House also passed H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, to give states greater flexibility in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent new ozone and other air quality standards.

“Hoosier families and businesses already pay enough for gas and electricity. They don’t need higher energy taxes or burdensome regulations squeezing them even more,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These measures will protect Hoosier families by sending a clear message to the administration that we won’t stand for new energy taxes, and will support Hoosier manufacturers by creating a more realistic timeline for complying with ozone regulations.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, would allow states to comply with the EPA’s ozone standards in a more practical and cost-effective manner. The bill, which passed by a vote of 234 to 177, would phase in the implementation of two ozone standards and extend the review cycle of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from five years to 10 years.

H.Con.Res. 89 expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. Such a tax would raise the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil, as well as increase other costs for both families and businesses, particularly in the manufacturing industry. The resolution, which passed by a vote of 237 to 163, calls for U.S. energy policy to instead encourage private sector energy innovation.

H.Con.Res. 112 expresses the sense of Congress opposing the $10.25 per barrel tax on oil proposed in the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. The tax would raise the price of gas by 25 cents per gallon, increasing the economic burden on American families and businesses. The resolution passed by a vote of 253 to 144.

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

Walorski Helps Unveil Anti-Poverty Policy Agenda

Walorski Helps Unveil Anti-Poverty Policy Agenda

Joins Speaker Ryan, Colleagues to Announce a Better Way to Fight Poverty; Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee Has Studied Hunger Assistance Reforms

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) and several of their colleagues to unveil a set of policy proposals aimed at reforming anti-poverty programs and expanding opportunity. They visited House of Help City of Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where they met with its founder Bishop Shirley Holloway and announced the anti-poverty policy initiative, “A Better Way to Fight Poverty.”

“It was an honor to join Speaker Ryan and my colleagues to visit Bishop Holloway and see firsthand the difference people like her make in this country,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We talk a lot about breaking the cycle of poverty, and this policy agenda is a way to put those words into action. I’ve heard from too many Hoosiers who are trapped by a flawed welfare system. A new job or a promotion should bring opportunity and hope, not fear and anxiety. It’s time to build a bridge out of poverty so everyone, no matter where they start, has a chance to reach the American Dream.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski chairs the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee and has held more than a dozen hearings over the last 18 months examining the past, present, and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among the issues studied was the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise. The Better Way agenda aims to ensure incentives in anti-poverty programs lead to an off-ramp from welfare, not a cliff, ensuring an easier transition into work.

The full policy report is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture. She chairs the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition.

Walorski Jobs Fair Draws More Than 250 Hoosiers, 60 Employers

Walorski Jobs Fair Draws More Than 250 Hoosiers, 60 Employers

Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair at Bethel College in Mishawaka Featured Over 1,100 Available Jobs

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today hosted a jobs fair that drew more than 250 Hoosiers seeking 1,100 available jobs with 60 employers. The Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair, which was held at Bethel College, also featured 10 veterans service organizations.

“The opportunity to bring hardworking Hoosiers and growing businesses together and help connect workers with new job opportunities is why we hold this jobs fair each year,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I want to thank the more than 60 employers and 250 job seekers who came out today to make the 2nd District’s economy even stronger.”

Photos from the jobs fair are available at Walorski’s Facebook page.

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

Walorski Statement on Memorial Day

Walorski Statement on Memorial Day

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day:

“On Memorial Day, Dean and I join all Hoosiers in honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, I know the dedication and devoted service of our brave servicemen and women. It is with humility and gratitude that I remember the selfless sacrifice of our fallen heroes and pay tribute to all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military. Their duty is endless, and their sacrifice is great. We keep them, their families, and our fallen heroes in our prayers today and every day.”

Video of Congresswoman Walorski’s Memorial Day message to 2nd District Hoosiers is available here.

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

Walorski Announces Jobs Fair on June 2nd

Walorski Announces Jobs Fair on June 2nd

Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair at Bethel College in Mishawaka Will Feature More than 60 Employers with 1,100 Jobs Available

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced she will host a Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair featuring more than 60 employers with 1,100 jobs available and 10 veterans service organizations on Thursday, June 2nd, at Bethel College in Mishawaka.

“Hoosiers are the hardest-working people in the country, and this is a great chance to connect them with new job opportunities,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m looking forward to bringing so many local employers and job-seekers together, and I encourage everyone to spread the word to their friends and family.”

The jobs fair will be free and open to the public. Additional information can be found below or at https://walorski.house.gov/jobsfair.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Wiekamp Athletic Center
Bethel College
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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

Walorski, Daines Introduce Bill to Temporarily Stop Gitmo Transfers

Walorski, Daines Introduce Bill to Temporarily Stop Gitmo Transfers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT) today introduced bicameral legislation to temporarily ban the transfer or release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The administration reportedly is set to release nearly two dozen Gitmo detainees to several different countries this summer amid efforts to close the prison before the end of the president’s term.

The bill (H.R. 5351 / S. 2999) would prohibit these transfers until either the end of this year or enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017. Original co-sponsors include U.S. Representatives Ryan Zinke (MT-AL), Joe Wilson (SC-02), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (KS), Tim Scott (SC), and Pat Roberts (KS).

“The administration is recklessly accelerating its release of dangerous terrorists in order to fulfill the president’s misguided promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” said Congresswoman Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “There are critical provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act the House just passed to prohibit the administration from bringing terrorists to U.S. soil and closing Gitmo, but we cannot afford to wait for that bill to become law. It is time for an immediate pause on transfers so Americans at home and abroad are not put at greater risk by released detainees returning to terrorism.”

“Terrorists captured by U.S. forces belong in Guantanamo period,” Senator Daines stated. “President Obama is prioritizing a campaign promise over his oath of office by releasing enemy combatants – even though several have returned to the battlefield. We can’t allow terrorists who are looking to harm Americans and others be political pawns. This reckless and irrational plan will only entice our enemies instead of serving as a powerful deterrent.”

The NDAA passed last week in the House would require written agreements between the U.S. government and the government of any foreign country that agrees to accept detainees. The House-passed NDAA also would require the next administration to provide Congress with a comprehensive detention outlining how the release of any Gitmo detainee fits into the broader strategy for handling individuals detained during wartime.

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

Daines is the junior Senator for Montana and serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

Walorski Greets Honor Flight Veterans at WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today greeted Hoosier veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are visiting Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

“Hoosiers are the first to answer their nation’s call to serve, and these Hoosiers not only answered the call, they saved the world for democracy,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It is a privilege to thank these heroes for their service and join them at their memorial to remember those who never made it home.”

Photos of Walorski greeting the veterans at the National World War II Memorial are available here.

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

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