Author: Emma Thomson

Walorski: Biden’s Border Chaos Is Endangering the Homeland

Walorski: Biden’s Border Chaos Is Endangering the Homeland

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement following reports that an ISIS sympathizer allegedly planned to take advantage of insecurities on the southern border to carry out an assassination of former President George W. Bush.

“With President Biden in the White House, Americans are endangered and our homeland is at risk. As the president and his administration openly invite chaos and danger on the southern border, radical terrorists are plotting to take advantage of these vulnerabilities to carry out attacks on Americans. Our law enforcement officers are the best in the world, and they put their lives on the line to serve and protect American communities from these threats. The White House and Democrats owe it to these heroes to start working with us – instead of against us – to get serious about securing the border and protecting our homeland against terrorists, deadly illicit drugs, cartel violence, and the other ravages of Biden’s porous border.”

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: Hoosiers Must Protect Girls’ and Women’s Sports

Walorski: Hoosiers Must Protect Girls’ and Women’s Sports

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) issued the following statement after the Indiana General Assembly voted to override the veto of Indiana House Bill 1041.

“As a young Hoosier growing up in Northern Indiana, I experienced firsthand the benefits of girls’ sports. Athletics build character and teach foundational skills, and we must continue to protect these opportunities for girls and women,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. “I’m glad to see the Indiana General Assembly act to protect the integrity of girls’ sports in Indiana.”

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 Winner Of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Walorski Announces Winner Of 2022 Congressional Art Competition

Penn High School Student’s Artwork Will Be Displayed in U.S. Capitol for a Year

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today announced Kelsey Forbes, a student at Penn High School in Mishawaka, as the winner of the 2022 Congressional Art Competition for Indiana’s 2nd District. Kelsey’s winning artwork, “From a Blank Canvas,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year alongside other winners from across the country.

“The annual Congressional Art Competition is a showcase of our region’s artistic excellence. Congratulations to our 2022 winner, Kelsey Forbes, on this amazing accomplishment. I can’t wait to see Kelsey’s winning artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “As visitors return to the Capitol, I am proud that Northern Indiana will be so well represented. Thank you to Kelsey, our runner-up Klara Guseilla, and all of the talented young Hoosiers who submitted artwork to this year’s competition and shared their creativity with us, as well as the teachers, families, and volunteers who made this year’s competition a success.”


Rep. Walorski with 2022 Congressional Art Competition Winner Kelsey Forbes and Penn High School Art Teacher Betsy Durham

Congresswoman Walorski congratulated the winner on Saturday at a reception held at South Bend International Airport for students who submitted entries and their teachers. Second place was awarded to Klara Guseilla, a student at John Glenn High School in Walkerton. Her artwork, “The Cat’s Throne,” will be displayed in Congresswoman Walorski’s Mishawaka District Office for the next year.

Sixty-nine high school students from across Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District submitted entries, and Michael Beatty, a local artist, served as the judge. The St. Joseph County Airport Authority served as the facility host of the competition and reception.

The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize the artistic talents of high school students in their districts. Since then, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.

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 Calls on VA to Deliver Long-Term Care Solutions for Veterans

Walorski Calls on VA to Deliver Long-Term Care Solutions for Veterans

“We stand ready to work alongside the VA to provide solutions to our Hoosier veterans and ensure these heroes receive the quality care they deserve.”

MISHAWAKA. Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today urged U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough to provide improved care to U.S. veterans seeking long-term care (LTC), including ensuring quality care facilities close to veterans’ homes and family support.

“Veterans in Indiana and across the country have served and sacrificed to secure our freedom and defend the homeland. Our grateful nation must deliver on our promises to them,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “We stand ready to work alongside the VA to provide solutions to our Hoosier veterans and ensure these heroes receive the quality care they deserve.”

Congresswoman Walorski has heard from Hoosier veterans about stark challenges they have faced in being transferred between VA-contracted LTC facilities, often increasingly far away from their loved ones. She sent today’s letter jointly with Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.).

“We are writing to share challenges that have been brought to our attention by veterans having difficulty getting placed in a long-term care (LTC) facility that is easily accessible to their network of support,” Reps. Walorski and Banks wrote to Secretary McDonough. “Veterans have shared with us that they are being relocated from one facility to another on relatively short notice, and that with each move their families are facing driving times exceeding two hours each direction to visit their loved ones.”

In their letter to Secretary McDonough, the members encouraged the VA to partner with Congress to provide solutions for the courageous men and women who have served our nation.

“Veterans receiving treatment at a LTC facility already experience stress and anguish not being at home or near loved ones. Being relocated farther away just adds to the stress and hardship and is not conducive to the standard of care veterans have earned,” they continued.

The full letter is available here and below.

May 4, 2022

The Honorable Denis McDonough
Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20420

Dear Secretary McDonough:

We are writing to share challenges that have been brought to our attention by veterans having difficulty getting placed in a long-term care (LTC) facility that is easily accessible to their network of support. Veterans have shared with us that they are being relocated from one facility to another on relatively short notice, and that with each move their families are facing driving times exceeding two hours each direction to visit their loved ones.

As our veteran population continues to age, we understand it can get more challenging to care for them. In the past when our staff and county veteran service officers expressed their frustration with the lack of private care facilities contracting with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), they were told private facilities may be less inclined to contract with the VA to care for veterans. The reason provided for this reluctance was that veterans in LTC facilities are more likely to experience acute health care challenges that may complicate a facility’s efforts to remain compliant with health care quality standards set by state licensing agencies. While we understand this factor may be a challenge, we hope to partner with the VA to find an effective solution to address the needs of Hoosier veterans.

To provide an example for your reference, one veteran who contacted us had been at the same LTC facility for 30 years. His stay at that facility came to an end in 2014 due to the facility terminating their contract with the VA. Since then, the veteran has been transferred to multiple facilities and each transfer has left him further and further away from his home and family. Veterans receiving treatment at a LTC facility already experience stress and anguish not being at home or near loved ones. Being relocated farther away just adds to the stress and hardship and is not conducive to the standard of care veterans have earned.

We would appreciate answers to the following questions:

  1. Is this challenge unique to Indiana or has the VA experienced issues contracting with LTC facilities for veterans in other states?
  2. What is the VA’s current policy on LTC facilities for veterans and their standards of care?
  3. If the VA is experiencing challenges contracting with LTC facilities to provide long term care, what plans are you putting in place to address these issues?
  4. Are there specific policy recommendations you could share with us that might help address this problem?

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

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Jackie Walorski and Melania Trump Op-Ed: A Stronger Foster Care System Is a Stronger America

Jackie Walorski and Melania Trump Op-Ed: A Stronger Foster Care System Is a Stronger America

During National Foster Care Month, Congresswoman Walorski and Mrs. Trump Outline Key Support for America’s Foster Children

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and former First Lady Melania Trump outlined their agenda to support America’s foster children and youth in a new Fox News op-ed. In addition to offering solutions to improve care for all foster children, they also presented a path to equip older children with skills and resources they need to succeed as adults.

“Across the country, thousands of children entrusted to the foster care system are searching for direction, answers, and hope — and America must deliver,” write Congresswoman Walorski and Mrs. Trump.

For several years, Congresswoman Walorski and Mrs. Trump have partnered together to support American foster kids, youth, and families. With Mrs. Trump’s advocacy, Congress passed Rep. Walorski’s legislation, the bipartisan Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act, to provide timely, commonsense relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In their new op-ed, Congresswoman Walorski and Mrs. Trump outline achievable goals to support and equip vulnerable children and youth in the foster care system, such as reauthorizing federal programs set to expire this year, investing in workforce development for older foster youth, removing barriers to relative caregiving, and expanding access to care to ensure that every foster child has a safe home.

“This May, we ask Americans to join us in marking National Foster Care Month by helping children and youth in foster care and by celebrating all — from foster parents and caregivers, coaches to community volunteers — who stand by them,” they continue. “Together, we can uplift children in the foster care community and foster a brighter future.”

Congresswoman Walorski, who serves as the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, is a leader in child welfare issues, including foster care.

Read key excerpts of their op-ed below.

A stronger foster care system is a stronger America
Fox News
Rep. Jackie Walorski and Former First Lady Melania Trump
May 3, 2022

Foster care protects children, strengthens families, and builds a better future for our Nation’s youth. We must work together to build a framework for long-term economic stability and success — including for older foster youth and those aging out of the foster care system. 

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Our support must include preparing children to succeed as adults. We must equip these young Americans with the skills they need to reach their full potential through economic empowerment, and especially through expanded access to resources in the fields of science, technology, and the trades. 

The 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year must have the tools to develop professional skills to thrive as adults. We’ve made great strides by moving toward prevention-focused services, but it’s crucial to ensure we do a better job of preparing foster youth for a successful transition to adulthood.

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Nationwide, 2.7 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren, a seven percent increase since 2009. Of these grandparents, about one-fifth have incomes that fall below the poverty line. We must do better in supporting these relative caregivers. We know, both from intuition and evidence, that keeping children with relative caregivers is generally the best possible situation.

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Given the nationwide shortage of loving, safe families for children, we must build on public-private partnerships that work – including religious child welfare providers. Our goal is always to provide certainty and support for all children.

Read the full op-ed at Fox News.

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Walorski Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion

Walorski Statement on Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would be an answer to prayer – but the court must speak for itself without facing intimidation or threats from extreme liberals with a clear agenda. This leak once again proves that the radical left will stoop to unprecedented lows to extinguish the right to life.”

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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PHOTOS: Congresswoman Walorski Honors Hoosier Veterans

PHOTOS: Congresswoman Walorski Honors Hoosier Veterans

“The Honor Flight is an amazing opportunity to recognize our Hoosier heroes with the respect they have earned.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today greeted Hoosier veterans participating in Honor Flight Northeast Indiana at the World War II Memorial.

“It is a true privilege to meet Indiana veterans and thank them from the bottom of my heart. The Honor Flight is an amazing opportunity to recognize our Hoosier heroes with the respect they have earned,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “America is the home of the free because of the brave, and we will always be indebted to the courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed for us.”

The Honor Flight included Indiana veterans who served during World War II and throughout the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Cold War eras.

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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 Sanctioned By Putin, Vows to Stand up for Freedom

Walorski Sanctioned by Putin, Vows to Stand Up for Freedom

“I will wear Russia’s sanctions as a badge of honor.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) issued the following statement on the sanctions Russia imposed on nearly 400 Members of Congress, including Rep. Walorski.

“Vladimir Putin is a monstrous tyrant and a vicious war criminal. The entire Free World has banded together against his evil and unprovoked war on Ukraine,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. “As Putin strikes back at those who have stood up to him, I will wear Russia’s sanctions as a badge of honor – and I will always stand up for freedom and the truth.”

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: Under Biden, Inflation Is Hammering Hoosiers

Walorski: Under Biden, Inflation Is Hammering Hoosiers

“Get Americans back to work, get Americans making energy again, and get big-government out of the way.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on today’s Consumer Price Index report, which rose to 8.5 percent.

“With President Joe Biden at the helm, inflation is hammering Hoosiers. Every week at the grocery store and the gas pump, working families are forced to make hard choices as prices skyrocket out of control – with no end in sight. While the White House spent months laughing off inflation fears and doubling down on its failed agenda, prices were climbing to shameful record-breaking highs. The answer is clear – get Americans back to work, get Americans making energy again, and get big-government out of the way.”

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 to HHS: Taxpayers Deserve Answers on Biden’s Budget

Walorski to HHS: Taxpayers Deserve Answers on Biden’s Budget

As Sec. Becerra Delays Hearing, Rep. Walorski Expects Answers on Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study, Other HHS Priorities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting updates on several important HHS programs, including the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study. This week, Secretary Becerra delayed his scheduled appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee to testify on the Biden Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2023 budget for HHS.

“American taxpayers deserve answers on President Biden’s budget,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Now more than ever, we must make wise investments to address challenges Americans are facing in Indiana and across the country – from combating the opioid crisis to ending food insecurity and uplifting families.”

In her letter, Congresswoman Walorski urged Sec. Becerra to provide an update on the status of the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study, which was included as a provision in section 6086 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act of 2018. Named for Hoosier Dr. Todd Graham, this provision aims to expand access to non-opioid alternative pain treatments and technologies. Congresswoman Walorski introduced the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act to honor the legacy of this South Bend physician, who was shot and killed on July 26, 2017, after refusing to prescribe an opioid painkiller to the shooter’s wife.

Congresswoman Walorski, who serves as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, also asked Sec. Becerra to provide details on the proposed White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health Act, and encouraged the Biden Administration to prioritize bipartisan collaboration.

As the top Republican on the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, Congresswoman Walorski also urged the administration to prioritize evidence-based solutions. Additionally, she asked for updates on the administration’s plans for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is due for reauthorization this year.

Read her full letter HERE and below.

April 6, 2022

 

The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

 Dear Secretary Becerra,

Taxpayers in Indiana and across the country deserve clear answers about President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2023. As you have delayed your scheduled appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee to testify on the proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I request answers to the following questions regarding the budget and other programs.

  • Defeating our country’s epidemic of opioid misuse requires identifying all possible ways to treat the very real problem of chronic pain. As a solution, Congress created the Pain Management Best Practices Task Force in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). Today, the need to implement best practices has never been greater. When will the agency complete pain care requirements, such as the Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management Study in Section 6086 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act? Does HHS have a strategic plan to implement Task Force best practices within HHS-related agencies and government wide? What other actions is HHS taking to improve seniors’ access to safe, effective, non-opioid pain management treatments and medical technologies in order to reduce risk and improve quality of life?
  • The FY 2022 spending bill directs HHS to convene a White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health, and it provides the agency with $2.5 million to support the Conference. I was the Republican co-lead on H.R. 5724, the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health Act, which allows the Republican Leader of the House and the Senate to appoint members to the Conference. Does the Biden Administration plan on allowing House and Senate Republicans the authority to appoint Members to the Conference? Or is the Conference going to be a partisan exercise?
  • In 2018, Congress provided a five-year reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which is due for reauthorization this year. Your budget calls for increased funding of MIECHV of $467 million per year. Can you provide an update on the program as we approach reauthorization? Does the Biden Administration have any recommendations for improvements moving forward outside of increased funding?
  • The budget includes zero funding or calls for reauthorization of Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOGs), which expired on September 30, 2021. Last year, Committee Democrats included a 5-year reauthorization that increased funding from $85 million to $425 million per year in their reconciliation spending package. Last month, HHS published a new evaluation “Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG 1.0) Impact Study: Six-Year Impacts Report” that once again found no impact on earnings or employment outcomes among individuals who completed the training program. Committee Republicans are committed to investing in programs that demonstrate effective and positive outcomes. Can you confirm the President’s position is to eliminate this duplicative and ineffective program?

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Please provide answers to my questions by April 19, 2022.

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