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Walorski: Our Enduring Commitment to Life Will Prevail

Walorski: Our Enduring Commitment to Life Will Prevail

As America Marks 49 Years Under Roe v. Wade, Rep. Walorski Stands Strong to Defend Life & Americans’ Conscience Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement marking 49 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.

“For nearly 50 years, our nation has been plagued by the radical ramifications of Roe v. Wade. As a pro-life lawmaker, I will always stand strong against the left’s continual attacks on the inherent dignity of human life. As many times as it takes, I will speak up to protect the most vulnerable among us and reject Democrats’ extreme ploys to force taxpayers to bankroll abortion against their conscience.

“As the Supreme Court considers the most significant challenge to Roe v. Wade since 1973, I am hopeful that today is the final anniversary that Americans mark under this deadly decision. Our progress is built upon the shoulders of tireless pro-life Americans who have marched and advocated for almost half a century. Despite the challenges we have faced, our enduring commitment to life – and the truth – will prevail.”

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Walorski discussed her commitment to life ahead of this solemn anniversary. Watch her full remarks here.

Read excerpts of her remarks below:

This week, our nation is marking a solemn anniversary – 49 years since the deadly Roe v. Wade decision. For nearly half a century, pro-life Americans have been standing strong to defend precious human life and the most vulnerable among us.

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Under the current one-party rule in Washington, Americans are witnessing unprecedented attacks on pro-life protections across the country.

As many times as it takes, I will reject attacks on life and I will vote no on taxpayer-funded abortion services – including the wicked proposal to permit abortion on demand at any time, bankrolled by the American people.

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The Supreme Court – including my fellow Hoosier Justice Amy Coney Barrett – is currently considering the most significant challenge to Roe v. Wade since 1973. This could be the FINAL anniversary that we mark under Roe v. Wade.

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For five decades, we have been in a long battle against abortion – and this is the time to restore the dignity of life and protect life once and for all.

As a pro-life lawmaker, I am proud to stand alongside millions of Americans in Indiana and across the country who believe in the inherent value of life.

Our enduring commitment to life – and the truth – will prevail.

BACKGROUND

As a pro-life advocate, Congresswoman Walorski is leading legislative efforts to uphold the dignity of life and defend Americans’ conscience rights.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Walorski has co-sponsored important pro-life legislation, including the Dignity for Aborted Children Act, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, the Abortion Providers Loan Elimination Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021, and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.

Additionally, she has consistently opposed the Democrats’ exclusion of the Hyde Amendment and pro-life protections in spending bills. Congresswoman Walorski also strongly opposed H.R. 3755, the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” bill that would override pro-life laws around the country. Read more here.

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, LaHood Lead Bipartisan Call to Deliver Tariff Relief to U.S. Manufacturers

Walorski, LaHood Lead Bipartisan Call to Deliver Tariff Relief to U.S. Manufacturers

To Protect Americans, 141 Members of Congress Urge USTR to Expand Section 301 Exclusion Process

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), members of the House Ways and Means Committee, today led 139 fellow Members of Congress in calling on U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai to deliver targeted relief to American businesses, workers, and families by expanding the Section 301 exclusion process. Their letter garnered widespread and bipartisan support, including Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and every Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

“We strongly support tough and effective action to address China’s unfair trade practices. China must be held accountable for commitments it has made to the United States and for its state-centered and nonmarket trade policies that have harmed American workers and the rules-based international trading system,” the members wrote. “We share the view that we need a holistic and pragmatic approach to confront future challenges from China and defend our economic interests against unfair competition.”

In April 2021, Reps. Walorski and LaHood led a bipartisan letter urging USTR Tai to establish a new Section 301 exclusion process following the expiration of the previous policy on December 31, 2020. A robust Section 301 exclusion process would ensure that China, not American workers, consumers, and small businesses, will bear the brunt of the Section 301 tariffs.

“We strongly urge the USTR to expand its exclusion process as quickly as possible to give American workers, businesses, and families badly needed economic relief. To ensure that this relief is meaningful, we urge USTR to broaden the scope of the exclusion process to include all products covered under Section 301 tariffs and to ensure meaningful retroactivity to make businesses whole and keep them competitive,” the members continued.

The full letter, including a full list of signers, is available here and below.

January 20, 2022

The Honorable Katherine C. Tai
United States Trade Representative
Office of the United State Trade Representative
600 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20508

Dear Ambassador Tai:

We write today to express our strong support for establishing a comprehensive, fair, and transparent exclusion process to allow U.S. producers, manufacturers, and importers to request relief, on a case-by- case basis, from all Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. We applaud your recent announcement of a new exclusion process and appreciate your willingness to consider additional exclusion processes. As such, we urge the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to immediately expand its exclusion process in order to support American workers, businesses, and our economic recovery. We sincerely believe that such a process is a critical component of a worker-centric trade agenda, given that many Americans work in industries that are struggling to adjust their supply chains while remaining competitive with global competitors and adapting to the pandemic that continues to threaten their lives and livelihoods.

We strongly support tough and effective action to address China’s unfair trade practices. China must be held accountable for commitments it has made to the United States and for its state-centered and non- market trade policies that have harmed American workers and the rules-based international trading system. We share the view that we need a holistic and pragmatic approach to confront future challenges from China and defend our economic interests against unfair competition.

October’s announcement to restart an exclusion process for a limited number of expired tariff exclusions is an important first step to help workers in industries that have limited, if any, alternative sourcing options as they continue to struggle through the pandemic and supply chain disruptions. That process, however, is too narrow, opening only 1 percent of the original exclusion applications for reconsideration. Expanding this process to more products is especially important given the significant challenges with transparency and procedure in the original exclusion process, as the Government Accountability Office found in its July 2021 report to Congress.

The lapse – and continued absence – of critical exclusions have deepened the challenges for businesses and their workers, hindering efforts to relocate supply chains in sectors ranging from new-energy vehicles to semiconductors by raising the costs of critical inputs, components, and machinery. These increased costs are undermining the competitiveness of American manufacturing workers whose inputs are now more expensive compared to those made by foreign competitors. Sadly, the Section 301 tariffs have broadly impacted U.S. businesses in the manufacturing, agriculture, fishing, retail, energy, technology, and services industries. These impacts have been strongest for small-and medium-sized enterprises that are less able to absorb the increased cost of tariffs. Section 301 tariffs have also harmed American families and consumers by raising prices on a wide range of consumer products.

Given this, we strongly urge the USTR to expand its exclusion process as quickly as possible to give American workers, businesses, and families badly needed economic relief. To ensure that this relief is meaningful, we urge USTR to broaden the scope of the exclusion process to include all products covered under Section 301 tariffs and to ensure meaningful retroactivity to make businesses whole and keep them competitive. 

Moreover, exclusions that you grant should be retroactive significantly earlier than the current date of October 12th. There is little reason to charge additional tariffs on covered products during the months when no exclusion process existed. This process should also be open on an ongoing basis to ensure that American manufacturers can have their needs heard and addressed by their federal government. Ultimately, we believe that all U.S. businesses should have the opportunity to make their case before the new Administration for why they deserve tariff relief, and that is what we think is fair for our constituents.

In addition, we reiterate our longstanding views, in line with issues raised in the aforementioned GAO report, that this and any future exclusion process must: 1) be transparent and inclusive for all stakeholders; 2) be streamlined, including expedited procedures for those who had been granted exclusions in the past; 3) operate consistently across applications and follow defined processes; and 4) base decisions on evidence and consistent criteria. USTR should communicate clearly the criteria used for decisions in a future exclusion process.

We thank you for your full and fair consideration of our requests, and we look forward to working with you and your team to ensure an expanded exclusion process is consistent with U.S. economic, strategic, and foreign policy objectives, as well as all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

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Walorski Statement on Biden’s Year of Crisis

Walorski Statement on Biden’s Year of Crisis

“From his first breathless pledges of unity to yesterday’s remarks based far from reality, President Biden has spent a year offering empty promises to the American people.”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the first anniversary of President Joe Biden’s inauguration:

“From his first breathless pledges of unity to yesterday’s remarks based far from reality, President Biden has spent a year offering empty promises to the American people. In just one year under the Biden Administration, our nation has faced stark crises on every front. Nearly every facet of American life has been under attack – from the economy to our national security and our basic freedoms.

“As inflation hits a 40-year high and monthly jobs reports continually fall short of expectations, American workers, families, and small businesses are already paying the price for President Biden’s reckless spending. From the Taliban and the Chinese Communist Party to Iran and Russia, our enemies have been emboldened, our allies abandoned, and our national security endangered. With the Biden Administration’s open-borders policy and the mounting crime crisis in cities across the country, Americans are far less safe here at home. And, President Biden continues to unravel Americans’ rights with dangerous executive orders, unconstitutional mandates, and constant power grabs.

“While our country spirals further into crisis, the president’s only answer is to double down on his failed agenda. Through it all, President Biden has chosen time after time to pit Americans against each other and sow division across the nation he promised to heal. The American people were promised better, and they deserve far more.”

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Walorski outlined the failures of the president’s first year in office. Watch her full remarks here.

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 Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Block Biden Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers

Walorski Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Block Biden Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) blocked the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard requiring private employers with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing.

“I am relieved the U.S. Supreme Court rightfully has struck down President Biden’s unconstitutional mandate on workers and job creators, protecting Americans’ fundamental rights,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “The administration’s mandate on private employers clearly trampled on Americans’ liberties, and it would have been a disaster as we face mounting inflation, supply chain, and workforce crises. Northern Indiana is home to a robust manufacturing and small business community that feeds and powers our nation. Today the Supreme Court upheld these Hoosiers’ vital right to work and provide for their families.”

Last month, Congresswoman Walorski filed an amicus brief alongside more than 180 fellow Congressional Republicans urging SCOTUS to stay this mandate. In the brief, they argued that Congress did not give OSHA the authority to impose a vaccine mandate.

Congresswoman Walorski has been a strong opponent of vaccine mandates. In November 2021, she also helped to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to formally disapprove of and nullify President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate.

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Walorski Statement on 40-Year High Inflation

Walorski Statement on 40-Year High Inflation

“Thanks to President Biden, Hoosiers are paying more to feed their families, heat their homes, and buy everyday necessities.”

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the Consumer Price Index, which rose to seven percent in December – the largest increase since 1982.

“From steep price increases at the grocery store to the gas station, Hoosiers don’t need a report to tell them that inflation is shattering records – they experience it every day. Inflation, now at its worst in 40 years, is wiping out the wage increases that Americans saw in the past four years. Thanks to President Biden, Hoosiers are paying more to feed their families, heat their homes, and buy everyday necessities. Combined with persistent supply chain bottlenecks and workforce shortages, skyrocketing inflation is a recipe for disaster. We can’t afford the Biden Administration’s reckless and out-of-touch agenda.”

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: Protecting Hoosiers from Surprise Medical Bills

Walorski: Protecting Hoosiers from Surprise Medical Bills

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – As the No Surprises Act takes effect, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on her efforts to protect Hoosiers and Americans across the country from surprise medical bills.

“Too many families in Indiana and across the country have been hit by costly and unexpected medical bills in some of their most stressful times of need. Hardworking Americans who do everything right in both emergency and non-emergency situations shouldn’t find a financially devastating medical bill in their mailbox,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “The No Surprises Act takes American patients out of the middle of billing disputes between health care providers and insurers, protecting families from unexpected out-of-network costs. I am thrilled that our bipartisan legislation was signed into law by President Trump and is now delivering results for Hoosiers.”

In the past, surprise medical billing often occurred when patients received care at in-network facilities and then got unexpected bills from out-of-network providers through no fault of their own. The No Surprises Act created strong new consumer protections and established a fair payment resolution process between insurers and health care providers.

The No Surprises Act, as part of H.R. 133, was signed into law in late 2020 and took effect on January 1, 2022. Additionally, Congresswoman Walorski was an original co-sponsor of H.R.5826, the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020, in the 116th Congress.

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Walorski, Congressional Republicans Urge SCOTUS to Stop Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Walorski, Congressional Republicans Urge SCOTUS to Stop Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) recently joined more than 180 Republicans in Congress in filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the upcoming case considering the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Emergency Temporary Standard requiring private employers with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing.

“President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate tramples on Americans’ fundamental freedoms and will exacerbate already-devastating inflation, supply chain bottlenecks, and workforce shortages,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I am proud to represent one of the largest manufacturing districts in the country, and I will always stand up for the rights of the hardworking Hoosiers who are feeding, fueling, and producing high-quality products for the American people. The U.S. Supreme Court should rightfully strike down this illegal mandate imposed on America’s job creators and workers.”

The brief argues that Congress did not give OSHA the authority to impose a vaccine mandate and urges SCOTUS to stay the mandate. Congresswoman Walorski filed the amicus brief alongside 135 fellow Representatives and 47 Senators. Read the full amicus brief here.

Congresswoman Walorski has been a strong opponent of vaccine mandates. In November 2021, she helped to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution to formally disapprove of and nullify President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate.

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Walorski Op-Ed: This Christmas, Here’s the Playbook to Tackle Hunger

Walorski Op-Ed: This Christmas, Here’s the Playbook to Tackle Hunger

In The Hill, Rep. Walorski Outlines the Path to Defeat Food Insecurity & Equip Communities to Succeed

WASHINGTON, DC – In The Hill, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) laid out a plan to defeat hunger, eliminate obstacles to charitable giving, and support Americans in need. As co-chair of the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus, Congresswoman Walorski is leading Congress’ efforts to combat food insecurity in America and beyond.

“Supporting communities today with reliable access to nutritious food can help build a stronger tomorrow. When local communities can succeed, our nation and our economy will thrive,” wrote Congresswoman Walorski. “The American people have long been characterized by a spirit of generosity. Especially during this season of giving, now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to ending hunger and equipping families to prosper. Here’s to a brighter, stronger, and healthier year ahead.”

Congresswoman Walorski also serves as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and is the top Republican of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, which has broad jurisdiction over workforce and family-related programs. Read excerpts of her op-ed on ending hunger below and find the full version HERE.

The Hill
This Christmas, here’s the playbook to tackle hunger
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)
December 24, 2021

Across the country, hunger is a common enemy. It plagues far too many Americans from shore to shore. No community is immune from its ravages. While many families look forward to a festive feast this Christmas, millions are struggling to provide their next meal.

Sadly, we know that current economic challenges are only exacerbating this crisis. This month, nonpartisan experts at the Penn Wharton School determined that inflation will cost U.S. households an extra $3,500 in 2021 alone.

Rising costs hit those who can least afford them the hardest. Inflation for everyday goods is a problem for every family. For seniors on a fixed income who are forced to choose between food and heat, it can be deadly.

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While not a novel issue, today’s hunger crisis requires a fresh approach. As the record shows, no number of endless government checks will end this scourge. There is a clear pathway to fighting food insecurity — and it runs straight through conservative priorities.

All too often, onerous bureaucracy, frivolous regulations, and outdated programs perpetuate existing challenges. Now is the time to get big government out of the way.

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By equipping individuals and families with human-based support through case management, our nation can wisely use our resources to provide Americans with workforce training and help them find and keep family-sustaining jobs. Through an approach that prioritizes upfront investment and support, we can help to end the cycle of poverty and food insecurity.

As always, we will learn valuable lessons as we go. To be responsible stewards of taxpayer resources, we must discern what works best to address hunger and food insecurity and ensure these programs are based on evidence and deliver real results.

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This is the conservative blueprint to combat hunger — but it’s not just for Republicans. In the truest sense, fighting hunger is a priority that transcends politics.

In Congress, I’m proud to serve as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus as we advance commonsense solutions to combat food insecurity across the United States and beyond.

Supporting communities today with reliable access to nutritious food can help build a stronger tomorrow. When local communities can succeed, our nation and our economy will thrive.

The American people have long been characterized by a spirit of generosity. Especially during this season of giving, now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to ending hunger and equipping families to prosper. Here’s to a brighter, stronger, and healthier year ahead.

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full op-ed in The Hill.

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PHOTOS: Walorski Joins Baby Box Blessing in Rochester

PHOTOS: Walorski Joins Baby Box Blessing in Rochester

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week joined community leaders and volunteers to bless the new Safe Haven Baby Box installed at the Rochester Fire Department. Alongside Rochester City Mayor Ted Denton, Fire Chief Thomas Butler, and Founder and CEO of Safe Haven Baby Boxes Monica Kelsey, Congresswoman Walorski helped to unveil this important community resource.

“The new Safe Haven Baby Box in Rochester is an innovative and lifesaving resource for our community. Every child is worthy of protection and care, and I pray that this life-affirming baby box will serve as a light to women facing a crisis,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I am grateful to Mayor Denton, Chief Butler, and all of the Hoosiers who have made this a reality, as well as our incredible first responders who are prepared to care for any child that arrives.”

Congresswoman Walorski speaks at the blessing of the Safe Haven Baby Box at the Rochester Fire Department

 

Congresswoman Walorski and community leaders showcase the public-facing side of the Safe Haven Baby Box

In Indiana and across the country, Safe Haven Baby Boxes offer a lifeline to women in need. Equipped with advanced technology and climate control, the baby box is designed to alert first responders and protect infants placed in the bassinet until help arrives.

Last month, Congresswoman Walorski participated in the blessing of a new Safe Haven Baby Box in Plymouth.

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: Cpl. Sanchez and Fellow Fallen Are American Heroes

Walorski: Cpl. Sanchez and Fellow Fallen Are American Heroes

Hoosier Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez to Posthumously Receive Congressional Gold Medal

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement after President Biden signed H.R. 5142, which will posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. military servicemembers who were killed in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021, including Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez of Logansport. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow.

“Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez and 12 of his brothers and sisters in arms paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow – and yet, even this great honor falls short of their exceedingly selfless sacrifice in service to our country. These courageous heroes stood in the face of danger to evacuate American citizens, partners, and allies from Afghanistan,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “I was proud to join in this bipartisan effort to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Cpl. Sanchez and his fellow fallen, and to ensure that they are never forgotten. As a nation, we are forever indebted to these heroes and their families.”

Shortly after the attack, Congresswoman Walorski introduced H.R. 5142 alongside Rep. Lisa McClain (MI-10) and more than 150 fellow original co-sponsors.

In September, Congresswoman Walorski honored the service and sacrifice of Cpl. Sanchez on the House Floor. Watch her full remarks here.

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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