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Walorski Statement on Life and Legacy of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Walorski Statement on Life and Legacy of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the life and legacy of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

“Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was a visionary public servant and statesman who devoted his life to protecting the American people, defending our nation, and advancing freedom across the world,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “A true trailblazer, Secretary Powell has left an indelible legacy on our country that he so selflessly served and loved. My prayers are with his wife, Alma, their family, and Secretary Powell’s many loved ones and brothers-in-arms as they grieve this immense loss.”

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Walorski Urges Biden Supply Chain Task Force to Relieve Bottlenecks and Resolve Workforce Shortages

Walorski Urges Biden Supply Chain Task Force to Relieve Bottlenecks and Resolve Workforce Shortages

Persistent Supply Chain Challenges Are Devastating Indiana’s Manufacturers and Small Businesses

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today urged leaders of the Biden Administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to prioritize commonsense solutions to resolve supply chain bottlenecks and strengthen the workforce of this key industry.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Congresswoman Walorski outlined burdensome obstacles that Indiana industries are facing due to ongoing pandemic-era supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages.

In particular, Hoosier businesses are increasingly impacted by the container shortage and subsequent surge pricing. If not corrected, this alarming trend could have major economic ramifications in Indiana and across the country.

“The manufacturers and small businesses in my district are resilient and they have demonstrated a strong record of adapting to evolving business conditions. Yet, these economic powerhouses are becoming increasingly exasperated with the devastating supply chain and labor challenges that have persisted far into the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Congresswoman Walorski. “…It is vital that the Task Force prioritizes commonsense, bipartisan solutions to secure America’s supply chains and restore the workforce.”

In her letter, Congresswoman Walorski also encouraged the task force to optimize workforce training and safety net programs that help Americans find and keep family-sustaining jobs, including in these key industries. As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Worker & Family Subcommittee, she is leading solutions to equip Americans to succeed in the workforce and uplift families from poverty to prosperity.

A signed copy of the letter is available here. The full text is below.

October 8, 2021

Dear Secretary Raimondo, Secretary Vilsack, and Secretary Buttigieg,

I write to you all as the co-chairs of President Biden’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force regarding the ongoing supply chain and labor issues that continue to impact Indiana’s Second Congressional District, one of the largest manufacturing centers in the country. The manufacturers and small businesses in my district are resilient and they have demonstrated a strong record of adapting to evolving business conditions. Yet, these economic powerhouses are becoming increasingly exasperated with the devastating supply chain and labor challenges that have persisted far into the COVID-19 pandemic.

The continuing challenges within the U.S. supply chain and labor market show no indication of easing. This open-ended crisis is jeopardizing many of the economic gains achieved during the last administration. I want my district and our country to build on these gains, and it is vital that the Task Force prioritizes commonsense, bipartisan solutions to secure America’s supply chains and restore the workforce. In order to address the supply chain backlog, the Task Force should consider providing limited regulatory relief that could help certain transportation sectors to move products more efficiently and unjam disruptive bottlenecks at ports, warehouses, and railroad terminals. 

I understand that labor shortages within these important industries have severely limited the capacity to transport products to their destinations. Now more than ever, it is critical to utilize our nation’s workforce training and safety net programs to help individuals find and keep good-paying jobs, including in the transportation sector. We cannot keep an entire generation of American workers relegated to the sidelines. By providing job training and equipping Americans for success, this commonsense reform would help move people from welfare to prosperity, reduce the labor shortage, and resolve the supply chain bottleneck.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the current economic situation in Indiana’s Second Congressional District with the Task Force and discuss any additional ideas that I think could help the administration solve these problems.

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

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Walorski Announces Virtual “Medicare 101” Session on October 14

Walorski Announces Virtual “Medicare 101” Session on October 14

Hoosiers Can Learn the Basics of Medicare Enrollment, Get Questions Answered by Experts During Virtual Event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) announced that her office will host a virtual “Medicare 101” educational session on Thursday, October 14, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Hoosiers can join the online event to learn the basics of the Medicare program, including enrollment, and have their questions answered by experts. 

“Medicare is a sacred commitment that our country has made to American seniors, and it is essential that Hoosiers have the information and assistance they need to secure these benefits,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I encourage all 2nd District Hoosiers who are at or near retirement age – or who are caregivers for Medicare beneficiaries – to join us online for ‘Medicare 101’ on October 14 to connect with experts and learn more about this vital program ahead of the upcoming enrollment period.”

A member of Congresswoman Walorski’s team and a Medicare specialist from Indiana’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will present information about the basics of Medicare and answer constituents’ questions. Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period will run from October 15 to December 7.

Participants can view the video presentation and submit questions on Zoom and Facebook. The video will be posted after the event for those who were unable to watch live. Additional details about “Medicare 101” will be available at walorski.house.gov/medicare.

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

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Reps. Walorski and Davis Recognize Continued Need to Support Foster Youth

Reps. Walorski and Davis Recognize Continued Need to Support Foster Youth

Washington, D.C. –  Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Representative Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) issued the following statement on the last day of fiscal year 2021 recognizing the continued needs of foster youth during the public health emergency as some temporary service options and protections for older foster youth expire.

In December 2020, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representatives Walorski and Davis, also known as the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, was enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The legislation included a prohibition against foster youth being required to age out of care and provided additional flexibilities to serve those youth during the pandemic, as well as funding to states to absorb costs. Those provisions were authorized through September 30, 2021.

“As our nation recovers from the COVID pandemic, we must continue our work to protect foster youth. The flexibilities created in the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act provided much-needed stability for vulnerable youth, and Chairman Davis and I are committed to working together to find a path forward. Foster youth and families, at-risk pregnant women and mothers, and kinship caregivers, such as grandparents raising grandchildren, already face unique challenges in normal times. The pandemic has only added to the obstacles they must overcome to achieve the American Dream. We will continue to advance our bipartisan efforts to provide stability and certainty for our nation’s foster youth.” –Worker and Family Support Republican Leader Jackie Walorski (R-IN)

“Foster youth continue to face substantial hardships due to the pandemic-related economic and health crises. As tens of thousands of youth experience the expiration of temporary protections from exiting care, Rep. Walorski and I remain committed to working together to help provide the stability and certainty needed. It is the earnest advocacy of current and former foster youth that helped enact the original emergency pandemic protections and the Chafee program flexibilities that improved the circumstances of thousands of young people. We thank you for your advocacy for policies to help you remain safe. We understand the urgency, and we are working bipartisanly on a path forward to resume key provisions from the Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act that helped so many during the emergency.” –Worker and Family Support Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

BACKGROUND:

Nearly 20,000 youth age out of foster care each year. While, the COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties for all Americans, foster youth are particularly vulnerable without reliable or stable adults and other supports in their lives. The moratorium expired on Sept. 30th.

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Representative Davis represents the 7th Congressional District of Illinois and Chairs the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support within the Committee on Ways and Means, with broad jurisdiction over child welfare.

Representative Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support within the Committee on Ways and Means.

Medicare 101

Medicare 101 Virtual Session

The annual Medicare open enrollment period is coming up – from October 15th to December 7th – and we want to help answer your questions.

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, a member of my staff and a Medicare specialist from Indiana’s State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) held a virtual “Medicare 101” educational session to help Hoosiers across the 2nd District better understand Medicare enrollment and to answer questions. Watch HERE.

Medicare is a sacred commitment we have made to our seniors, and part of keeping that promise is ensuring Hoosiers have all the information they need to secure their benefits. If you are at or near retirement or are a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary and you want to learn more about the program, I hope this virtual “Medicare 101” educational session is both informational and helpful.

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Walorski Honors Life and Sacrifice of Cpl. Humberto Sanchez

Walorski Honors Life and Sacrifice of Cpl. Humberto Sanchez

“Cpl. Sanchez exemplified the greatest of the American sprit – a selfless willingness to lay down one’s life to serve and protect.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) honored the life and service of fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez of Logansport on the House Floor. Cpl. Sanchez was killed in the line of duty on August 26 while aiding in the U.S. mission to evacuate American citizens, partners, and allies from Afghanistan.

“This young Hoosier knew the risks of the mission – and yet, he stood in the face of danger to help vulnerable children evacuate Abbey Gate at the Kabul airport,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Instead of running from danger, he stayed at his post and finished the job before him. Cpl. Sanchez exemplified the greatest of the American sprit – a selfless willingness to lay down one’s life to serve and protect.”

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full remarks below and watch the video from the House Floor:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and service of my fellow Hoosier, Cpl. Humberto Sanchez.

Alongside 12 of his brothers and sisters in arms, Cpl. Sanchez died in the line of duty while helping to evacuate Americans and allies from Afghanistan.

This young Hoosier knew the risks of the mission – and yet, he stood in the face of danger to help vulnerable children evacuate Abbey Gate at the Kabul airport.

Instead of running from danger, he stayed at his post and finished the job before him.

Cpl. Sanchez exemplified the greatest of the American sprit – a selfless willingness to lay down one’s life to serve and protect.

His service is the starkest reminder that freedom isn’t free.

The American people are indebted to Cpl. Sanchez, to each of the fallen, and to their families. We will never forget these heroes. 

Thank you, and I yield back.

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

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Walorski: Abortion Sold as Health Care Is Sickening Violation of Human Dignity

Walorski: Abortion Sold as Health Care Is Sickening Violation of Human Dignity

“The truth is on our side, and in the end, the truth will prevail.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted against H.R. 3755, the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” bill that would override pro-life laws around the country. This legislation would allow abortion at any time, for any reason up until birth. It also would prohibit protections for unborn children on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, and disability.

Ahead of the vote, Congresswoman Walorski spoke on the House Floor to implore her colleagues to join her in rejecting this extreme anti-life legislation.

“Every single person – born and unborn – should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. But this ‘Abortion on Demand’ bill would destroy our country’s future,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “[Indiana abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer] left a legacy of death and destruction. That is what extreme looks like. Abortion sold as ‘health care’ is a sickening violation of human dignity that Americans should not and cannot tolerate.”

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full remarks as prepared below and watch the video from the House Floor:

In America, the condition of a child’s birth doesn’t determine the outcome of their life.

Every single person – born and unborn – should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. But this “Abortion on Demand” bill would destroy our country’s future.

Today we are embarking on the biggest step backward in our nation’s history. This vote could be the most consequential vote that any of us take.

The science is even more clear than it was in 1973 – a child in the womb is a living person.

And yet, my colleagues on the other side remain obsessed with killing unborn babies in the name of “female empowerment.”

Many supporters of this bill like to call pro-life Americans and our convictions extreme. But, I have seen extreme – I have witnessed the cruelty of abortion, and it is ugly.

In South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer provided abortions for decades. When he died in 2019, his family found the medically-preserved remains of 2,411 children hidden in his garage.

That is 2,411 human babies preserved in formaldehyde in jars in his garage. 

This abortionist left a legacy of death and destruction. That is what extreme looks like.

Abortion sold as ‘health care’ is a sickening violation of human dignity that Americans should not and cannot tolerate. And so I ask, will we allow this to happen again?

As a nation, we have an obligation to future generations to reject “abortion on demand” and to fight for life.

I implore my colleagues to join me in opposing this bill and standing for life.

The truth is on our side, and in the end, the truth will prevail.

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

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Walorski Opposes Radical Abortion Bill: “Science and the Truth Are on Our Side”

Walorski Opposes Radical Abortion Bill: “Science and the Truth Are on Our Side”

Indiana Abortionist Klopfer, Who Hid Preserved Remains of 2,411 Children, Exemplifies Abortion Culture’s Callous Disregard of Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) spoke in strong opposition to the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” legislation that would override pro-life laws in Indiana and around the country to allow for abortion at any time, under any circumstance.

On the House Floor, Congresswoman Walorski recounted the horrific actions of Indiana abortionist Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer who provided abortions in Indiana for decades. After his death in 2019, Klopfer’s family discovered the medically-persevered remains of 2,411 children hidden in a garage. As a pro-life leader in Congress, Rep. Walorski has worked to expose Klopfer’s deadly practices and prevent future atrocities.

“The Democrats’ effort to advance ‘abortion on demand’ across the nation could be the most consequential legislation of my lifetime…In Indiana, Dr. Klopfer had countless victims – both unborn babies and mothers – and he represents a grotesque violation of human dignity that American society should not and cannot tolerate,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “We have an obligation to the next generation to oppose this extreme anti-life effort and to uphold the sanctity of life… Science is on our side, and the truth is on our side. Our enduring commitment to life will prevail.”

The Democrats’ legislation, H.R. 3755, would override pro-life laws around the country to allow for abortion for any reason and at stage of pregnancy up until birth. This radical bill:

  • Allows for discriminatory abortions on the basis of a baby’s sex, race, and disability.
  • Overrides pro-life laws and prohibits states from enacting legislation that protects unborn children, such as protections for babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
  • Removes protections for women and children. For example, it would not allow states to enact laws to ensure parental involvement for minors or laws to protect women from coercion.
  • Includes vague language that could also weaken conscience protections for medical professionals and limit their right to refuse to participate in an abortion.

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full remarks as prepared below and watch the video from the House Floor:

Mr. Speaker, this week the House is considering radical legislation that would unravel fundamental human rights and obliterate pro-life laws across our nation.

The Democrats’ effort to advance “abortion on demand” across the nation could be the most consequential legislation of my lifetime.

Much has changed since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973. Four decades later, our medical capabilities and understanding is far better. And, with incredible advancements in modern sonograms and imaging, there can be no doubt that a child in the womb is a living person deserving of life.

And yet, in this moment we are about to embark on the biggest step back in our nation’s history.

Right now, lives are on the line.

Some of this bill’s supporters like to call pro-life Americans and our convictions extreme. But, I have seen extreme.

At home in South Bend, Indiana, I saw what an extreme abortionist can do – and it is sickening beyond words.

Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer provided abortions in Indiana for decades. When he died in 2019, his family found the medically-preserved remains of 2,411 children hidden in his garage. That’s nearly 2,500 human beings.

Law enforcement officials believe that the remains were gathered from his so-called medical practices in Indiana between 2000 and 2003.  

Dr. Klopfer had countless victims – both unborn babies and mothers – and he represents a grotesque violation of human dignity that American society should not and cannot tolerate. This abortionist revealed a callous disregard for life.

If that isn’t extreme, I don’t know what is.

Every human life is precious, and every person deserves dignity. We have an obligation to the next generation to oppose this extreme anti-life effort and to uphold the sanctity of life.

I am proud to join with millions of pro-life Americans to oppose “abortion on demand” and to defend the right to life. Science is on our side, and the truth is on our side.  Our enduring commitment to life will prevail. 

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

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Walorski: “I Believe in the American Dream and in Every American’s Ability to Achieve It”

Walorski: “I Believe in the American Dream and in Every American’s Ability to Achieve It”

W&M Democrats Strike Down Hyde Amendment Protections on Their $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spend Spree

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House Ways and Means Committee markup on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) spoke out against the Democrats’ obstruction of Hyde Amendment protections on this massive spending bill.  Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has banned taxpayer funding for elective abortion, saving lives and safeguarding Americans’ conscience rights.

“I believe in the American dream and in every American’s ability to achieve it. That’s why House Republicans have been united in our efforts to protect the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “A majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund elective abortions…In this committee, we should acknowledge the stark reality that there is a broad consensus that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion.”

Late last night, committee Democrats unanimously rejected Rep. Kevin Brady’s amendment to restore Hyde Amendment protections to Obamacare subsidies included in the legislation, which would ensure that taxpayer dollars would not be used to fund elective abortion services.

Watch Congresswoman Walorski’s Remarks on Vital Hyde Protections

BACKGROUND

As a strong pro-life leader in Congress, Rep. Walorski has been leading the fight to save the Hyde Amendment and defend the sanctity of human life.

In February 2021, Rep. Walorski introduced an amendment to restore Hyde protections to the previous budget reconciliation package. Unfortunately, committee Democrats again rejected her amendment on a party line vote.

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has saved more than 2 million lives. For nearly half a century, this provision has maintained widespread bipartisan support.

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Walorski: Dems’ $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Spree Would Hinder – Not Help –Hardworking Families

Walorski: Dems’ $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Spree Would Hinder – Not Help –Hardworking Families

“Democrats want to give Washington more control over how Americans live, work, and make decisions for their families from cradle to grave.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House Ways and Means Committee markup on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) has rejected this radical attempt to expand “cradle to grave” control of Americans’ lives, work, and families.

This behemoth spending bill would impose new taxes on American families and small businesses, as well as worsen the Biden Administration’s inflation crisis that already is wreaking havoc on our economy and hindering our recovery from the pandemic. As our nation faces multiple crises at home and abroad, the Democrats remain committed to pushing their radical left-wing agenda.

“Instead of focusing on oversight of the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan or saving American citizens, we’re here to give this inept administration $3.5 trillion dollars for the biggest entitlement expansion in a generation,” said Congresswoman Walorski in her opening remarks. “This big-government wish list reveals the most urgent priorities of the Majority and the White House – leaving Americans behind and bankrolling socialist programs with taxpayer dollars.”

As small businesses experience a “help wanted” crisis across the country, this spending bill would exponentially expand entitlement programs, promote “welfare without work,” and keep an entire generation of workers on the sidelines.

“Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of ensuring that people have a pathway to achieve the American Dream,” continued Congresswoman Walorski, who serves as the top Republican on the Worker and Family Subcommittee. “The biggest question is whether we need new massive federal entitlement programs.  And the answer is we don’t.”

During the markup, Democrats already have blocked three of Congresswoman Walorski’s amendments to enact pro-growth, pro-work solutions, including two amendments to substitute Republicans’ “Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act” to increase access to paid family and medical leave and affordable child care instead of Democrats’ radical approach, as well as her “TAA for Victims of Congressional Inaction on Trade Amendment” to provide assistance to workers displaced by Congressional Democrats’ inaction to renew GSP and MTB.

Watch Congresswoman Walorski’s Opening Remarks on Day 1 of the Markup

Read key excerpts of her remarks:

As we speak – we do not know how many of our fellow Americans are trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.  In recent weeks, the Biden Administration has abandoned these Americans and entrusted their lives to the mercy of the Taliban. As the president leans on the goodwill of brutal terrorists to allow them to leave, we have an obligation to the families of American hostages to get them home safely. 

Instead of focusing on oversight of the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan or saving American citizens, we’re here to give this inept administration $3.5 trillion dollars for the biggest entitlement expansion in a generation.  This big-government wish list reveals the most urgent priorities of the Majority and the White House – leaving Americans behind and bankrolling socialist programs with taxpayer dollars.

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Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of ensuring that people have a pathway to achieve the American Dream.

The biggest question is whether we need new massive federal entitlement programs.  And the answer is we don’t.

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Instead of doing the hard work of sitting down to discuss compromise and build consensus, Democrats are using a lazy, partisan budgetary tool that dismisses dissent and willfully ignores Republican proposals on the table.

This bill is the wrong direction for working families and the wrong direction for this country.

As we’ve learned too often, Democrats’ expensive policies that promise Americans so-called “free benefits” come with serious tradeoffs and consequences, including higher taxes, fewer jobs, more debt, and increased government dependency.

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Right now, Democrats want to give Washington more control over how Americans live, work, and make decisions for their families from cradle to grave.

Democrats should hit the brakes. This proposal is not ready for prime time.  

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