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In the News: Townhall: Walorski: 9/11 Changed The World, Not Our Responsibilities

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9/11 Changed The World, Not Our Responsibilities

by Jackie Walorski

On September 11, 2001, I watched from the other side of the world as our nation came under attack.

My husband and I were living in Romania at the time, working as missionaries to provide food and medical supplies to impoverished children there.

As we watched the attacks unfold on the one American TV channel available there, we felt helpless from so far away and unsure if we would ever see our country again.

But our nation was resilient, and we all witnessed selflessness and bravery and patriotism in everyday Americans.

When I set foot on American soil again, I resolved to do all I could to keep this nation safe and to protect our servicemen and women.

That’s why I ran for Congress and why I feel privileged to serve on both the House Armed Services and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

Americans are fortunate to be kept safe by the greatest fighting force the world has ever known, and our military is strong because of our courageous men and women in uniform.

They risk everything to keep America safe and free, and we have an obligation to make sure they have the resources, tools, and training they need to confront any threat around the world.

That’s why the House passed a strong defense policy bill that gives our troops a pay raise, boosts military readiness, and keeps our armed forces on the cutting edge of military technology. And it protects American families from the threat posed by Guantanamo Bay detainees by blocking plans to move terrorists to U.S. soil and adding new safeguards when detainees are transferred overseas.

We also have a duty to support military families here at home, and to get our veterans the services and care they have earned when they return to civilian life.

That’s why we’re fighting to fix a broken VA so it works for veterans. The House has passed numerous bills to hold the VA accountable, ensure our nation’s heroes get timely medical care, and prevent overprescribing of powerful painkillers to veterans.

Americans and our allies continue to face the threat of terrorism and violent extremism, from global networks like al Qaeda and ISIS to homegrown attacks by radicalized individuals, and we cannot rest until these threats are defeated.

The world has changed in the last 15 years, but our responsibilities remain the same: to keep our nation safe, to be ready for the unexpected, and to fight for the men and women who answer the call to serve.

As we honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, let us resolve again to do all we can to keep this nation safe and free.

Read the full op-ed here.

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In the News: The Hill: House to vote next week to block Gitmo transfers

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House to vote next week to block Gitmo transfers

by Cristina Marcos

The House is expected to vote next week on legislation to block the transfer of any more prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Friday.

Next week’s vote would come a month after the Obama administration said it would transfer 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates. Twenty additional detainees have been approved for transfers, with the U.S. seeking countries to take them in.

The bill, authored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), would prohibit transfers of any of the remaining 61 detainees at Guantánamo Bay until either the end of this year or the enactment of the 2017 defense authorization.

Republicans want to deny the Obama administration the ability to move any more detainees before the president’s term ends.

“The terrorist detainees remaining in Guantanamo Bay are the worst of the worst, and the administration’s plan to release an additional 20 detainees this year in an effort to fulfill a campaign promise puts American lives at risk. It’s time for the House to act to protect our national security by blocking these reckless transfers,” Walorski said in a statement.

President Obama campaigned on closing the Guantánamo Bay facility and has made it a priority to reduce the prison population while he’s still in the White House. Despite only having about four months left in his term, Obama expressed optimism at a press conference on Thursday that he could still close the prison before leaving office.

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In the News: RVIC: Walorski Holds Recreation Manufacturing Roundtable

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Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council: Walorski Holds Recreation Manufacturing Roundtable

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski visited Elkhart August 25 to hear from leaders in the local RV and boating industries.  The roundtable discussion was hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and RVIA.  Matt Rose with IMHA-RVIC was part of the group of fourteen representatives from both industries.  The group addressed a variety of topics with Walorski including regulation, taxes and, most notably, the labor shortage in and around the Elkhart area.  Doug Smoker with Smoker Craft indicated the company could hire 41 workers right now if it found qualified applicants.

Walorski noted assistance with training grants are available from the federal level while internships on the high school and college levels were discussed as possible solutions to grow the labor pool.

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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

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South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

by Kevin Allen

Here’s a look at what Michiana’s members of Congress did during the past week.

Monday

• The Michiana Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America selected U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, to receive the 2016 Colonel Jack Stephens Citizenship Award in recognition of her service to active duty, reserve and veteran service members in the community.

Walorski, the daughter of an Air Force veteran, sits on the Armed Services Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She has devoted a significant amount of her time in Congress to issues such as providing veterans with better access to services and benefits, according to the association. She has co-sponsored legislation to improve cost-of-living adjustments for Veterans Affairs beneficiaries and require any public institution accepting GI Bill education benefits to offer in-state tuition rates to all veterans. She also has pressed the VA to reduce its service backlog.

Tuesday

• U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski R-Jimtown visited Plymouth to see nutrition programs up close and meet with those on the front lines of the fight against hunger.

At the Washington Discovery Academy, which is part of Plymouth Community School Corp. and where 65 percent of students receive free or reduced-price breakfast, Walorski learned about the school’s garden, toured classrooms and joined students for breakfast in the cafeteria. After the school tour, Walorski visited the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, a community organization whose food pantry serves more than 400 families each month.

“I’ve seen hunger up close, both overseas and here in Indiana’s 2nd District, and I am committed to fixing the way we fight poverty,” Walorski said. “As our work continues in Congress, it is critically important that I hear from those who know best what works and what doesn’t.”

Walorski has been working in Congress to study federal anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs. As chair of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, she has held more than a dozen hearings on the past, present and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. In June, she joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and several colleagues to unveil “A Better Way to Fight Poverty” — a set of policy ideas for improving the effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs.

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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

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South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

by Kevin Allen

Here’s a look at what Michiana’s members of Congress did during the past week.

… U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, joined manufacturers for a round-table discussion hosted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association at Lexington Engineering Center in Elkhart.

The discussion was titled “Indiana Manufactures Outdoor Recreation for America.”

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer said RV shipments are up more than 125 percent since the market bottomed out in 2009 during the Great Recession. Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District — which Walorski represents — is home to 157 RV-related businesses that employ more than 14,200 people and generate $4.6 billion in annual economic impact, according to the RVIA.

“As a longtime friend and advocate of the RV industry, Congresswoman Walorski has a deep appreciation for the outdoor recreation industry, the important role it plays in the larger national economy and how it has helped drive an economic rejuvenation in Elkhart,” Hugelmeyer said.

Recreational boating supports 1,700 jobs across 76 businesses and contributes $321 million to the economy each year in Indiana’s 2nd District, according to the NMMA.

“Champions like Congresswoman Walorski, who recognize the importance of domestic manufacturing, help to ensure that businesses have the ability to invest in local communities like Elkhart, provide thousands of jobs, boost the economy and produce innovative products in outdoor recreation for all Americans to enjoy,” NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a press release.

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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Legislative Roundup

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South Bend Tribune: Legislative Roundup

by Erin Blasko

… U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, responded to the release of Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi, Osama Bin Laden’s former bodyguard, from Guantanamo Bay for transfer to Montenegro.

“The terrorist detainees being released from Guantanamo Bay — like Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard — are the worst of the worst,” Walorski said in a statement. “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.”

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