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In the News: Elkhart Truth: Walorski bill would eliminate penalties for collecting Social Security while working

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Walorski bill would eliminate penalties for collecting Social Security while working

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski has introduced a bill that would eliminate penalties that seniors on Social Security face when they try to remain in or reenter the workforce.

The Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2017 would eliminate the Retirement Earnings Test that affects younger seniors who choose to continue working after claiming Social Security benefits, according to a press release.

“Older Americans who want to work should be able to do so without having their Social Security benefits reduced or delayed,” said Walorski, a republican from Jimtown. “Eliminating this unnecessary penalty on seniors in the workforce is an important, commonsense reform that will reward work and simplify Social Security for those who depend on it.”

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In the News: Elkhart Truth: Walorski introduces bill to help air medical service providers

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Walorski introduces bill to help air medical service providers

By Ben Quiggle

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski has introduced a bill that she says will improve access to air medical service in rural areas.

The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act would update Medicare reimbursement rates for air ambulance service providers based on actual cost data, according to a press release.

Walorski learned of the issues surrounding Medicare reimbursement rates and air medical transport during a visit with Lutheran Air at the Wabash Municipal Airport, one of two sites where Lutheran Air operates.

“In critical medical emergencies, the difference between life and death is often a matter of minutes – which is why air ambulance services save lives,” said Walorski. “Unfortunately, outdated Medicare reimbursement rates that don’t fully address the costs of air medical transport put these services at risk. This bipartisan bill ensures Hoosiers, especially those in rural areas, continue to have access to the air ambulances they depend on for emergency medical care.”

 

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In the News: Ripon Advance: House passes expansion of GI Bill with support from Brooks, Walters, Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

House passes expansion of GI Bill with support from Brooks, Walters, Walorski

The House unanimously approved a legislative package that aims to expand GI Bill education benefits for veterans and their beneficiaries on Monday with support from U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

Under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, H.R. 3218, there would be no statute of limitations on education benefits. In addition, veterans could use those benefits for non-traditional technology courses, and national guardsmen and reservists would have access to GI Bill benefits, as well.

… The Forever GI Bill also includes a provision led by Walorski directing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to review previously denied claims for benefits by World War II veterans who were subjected to mustard gas and lewisite testing.

The U.S. military secretly conducted chemical weapons testing on American troops during World War II, exposing 60,000 servicemembers to mustard agents and swearing them to secrecy until that oath was lifted in the 1990s. Since then, lawmakers said the VA failed to adequately notify affected veterans of their eligibility for benefits or to provide proper treatment for those exposed to the toxic agents. Over the last 10 years, the VA has denied roughly 90 percent of benefits claims, Walorski said.

“We owe our freedom to the American heroes who served in World War II, and it is simply unacceptable that veterans exposed to mustard gas are being denied the benefits they deserve,” Walorski said. “Today, we took an important step toward righting this wrong and taking care of these brave veterans who risked everything for our country.”

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In the News: RV Business: ‘RV Caucus’ Backs Zinke on Park Modernization

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

‘RV Caucus’ Backs Zinke on Park Modernization

On July 18, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, members of the House and Senate RV caucuses and outdoor recreation industry leaders met and agreed on ways to leverage public-private partnerships to improve visitor experiences in public campgrounds, while also helping to reduce the Department of Interior’s maintenance backlog within the National Park Service (NPS).

… “Northern Indiana is the RV Capital of the World, so Hoosiers know just how vital outdoor recreation is to growing our economy and creating good jobs for American workers,” said U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.-2, who also serves as House RV Caucus co-chair, in a news release. “This opportunity to boost investment in outdoor tourism through public-private partnerships is a turning point for keeping America’s parks open for business and building even more American-made RVs and boats. I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke and RVIA to ensure RV manufacturers continue to play a key role in strengthening outdoor recreation and our nation’s economy.”

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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Walorski, Young bills aim to find foster kids homes faster

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Walorski, Young bills aim to find foster kids homes faster

By Jeff Parrott

Two members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have co-sponsored bills aimed at improving the country’s foster care placement system.

When child welfare officials want to move a child to a fostering or adoptive home in another state, voluminous paperwork exchanged between the states can bog the process down.

The Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act would authorize $5 million in federal grants to help states tie into a digital network, replacing the need to mail paperwork back and forth across state lines and helping foster care children find new homes faster.

Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown is co-sponsoring the bill in the U.S. House, while Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., has signed on to a companion bill in the senate.

… The cloud-based electronic system reduced the time children had to wait for their new homes by 30 percent in the pilot states, according to a statement from Walorski’s office.

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In the News: ABC57: Jackie Walorski hosted job and veterans resources fair

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski hosted job and veterans resources fair

U.S Representative Jackie Walorski hosted the job and veterans resources fair Thursday afternoon.

The goal of the event was to connect Hoosiers with various new opportunities and options.

There were over 50 employers and 10 veteran’s service organizations that attended the event.

There were more than 175 Hoosiers attended the job fair and there were more than 1,200 job openings.

The job fair took place at Bethel College and was free and open to anyone that wanted to attend.

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In the News: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: House OKs VA compliance bill

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

House OKs VA compliance bill

By Brian Francisco

The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to comply with its own rules on scheduling medical appointments for military veterans.

“It’s time to put an end to scheduling manipulations, the cooking of the books and false wait time data,” Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, the sponsor of the bill, said during remarks on the House floor broadcast by C-SPAN.

The VA Scheduling Accountability Act passed the House on a 419-0 vote and goes to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would withhold pay bonuses from VA facility directors who fail to annually certify compliance with 19 patient scheduling rules and require VA to provide to Congress a list of facilities that are not in compliance. Scheduling manipulations surfaced in 2014 at VA’s Phoenix hospital and have been reported at other VA medical sites since then.

… “The VA’s continued inability to reform itself from within is the reason we need to pass this bill,” Walorski said Wednesday about the VA Scheduling Accountability Act.

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In the News: Kokomo Tribune: House Committee Seeking Answers Following Peru VA Clinic Investigation

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

House Committee Seeking Answers Following Peru VA Clinic Investigation

By Carson Gerber

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski and members of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs are asking for more information about the Peru VA outpatient clinic following an investigation that found employees there changed veterans’ pain medication without doing physical assessments.

The committee last week sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin asking for details on the VA’s follow up to the investigation, including any action being taken against the employees named in the report.

… In a statement, Walorski called the improper care and scheduling manipulation at the Peru clinic “reprehensible.”

“Hoosier veterans deserve better,” she said. “The VA secretary needs to explain why this misconduct was allowed to continue for so long, whether those responsible have been held accountable and what is being done to prevent these failures from occurring again.”

The letter sent to Shulkin states that all the information requested should be provided to the committee by June 2, and noted committee members would not close their inquiry until they are “sufficiently satisfied with the responses provided.”

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In the News: Elkhart Truth: Walorski tours Dynamic Metals, thanks employees for the work they do

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Walorski tours Dynamic Metals, thanks employees for the work they do

By Ben Quiggle

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski told dozens of Dynamic Metals’ employees in Elkhart that she was “grateful” for all they do to protect armed service members around the world during a plant tour on Thursday afternoon.

“At the end of the day, I can’t help but thank-you for what you do for our service members,” she said. “You help build one of the best fighting machines, the Humvee, that is used all around the world.”

… Walorski said she always leaves tours at facilities in Elkhart County, like Dynamic Metals, amazed at the growth many companies are experiencing and at the level of influence companies in this county have across the nation and world.

“Everyone is working hard and the state is doing everything it can to attract more defense dollars,” she said. “For this company to get contracts from a trusted organization like AM General, it just shows that they are doing what is expected and moving forward.”

… Rolling back regulations that Walorski said kill growth is another key aspect to seeing more jobs come to the county.

“We are taking off the handcuffs and uncertainty surrounding over-regulation,” she said.

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In the News: Indiana Right to Life: Pro-Life Indiana U.S. Reps. Pass Measure to Overturn Obama Abortion Funding Rule

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Pro-Life Indiana U.S. Reps. Pass Measure to Overturn Obama Abortion Funding Rule

Measure Overturns Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure, 230-188, that overturns an Obama administration rule forcing states to fund abortion providers with taxpayer dollars. Indiana’s seven pro-life U.S. representatives voted to advance the measure and protect taxpayers – Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-2), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).

“States should not be forced to fund the abortion industry against their will,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We thank the seven Indiana representatives who agree with the majority of their constituents that taxpayer dollars should not flow to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood.”

H.J. Res. 43 is now eligible for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Indiana Right to Life previously spoke in favor of an identical measure, H.J. Res. 39, sponsored by Indiana representative, Luke Messer, and cosponsored by 140 of his colleagues.

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