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Walorski: We Will Never Forget the Heroes of 9/11

Walorski: We Will Never Forget the Heroes of 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

“On this solemn anniversary, Americans remember the nearly 3,000 precious lives lost in terrorists’ malicious attacks on our nation, and we remember the life of every American hero who since that day has given their life to protect our safety and our freedom,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Twenty years after 9/11, the American people have demonstrated our resilience – but we will never forget the courage, bravery, and sacrifice that displayed the best of America. Along with so many Hoosiers, I was inspired and motivated by the selflessness of first responders and everyday heroes in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville. Today, that same patriotic spirit spurs our commitment to a stronger, safer, and more united nation.”

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 Statement on Biden’s Vast Overreach on Vaccine Mandates for Private Employers

Walorski Statement on Biden’s Vast Overreach on Vaccine Mandates for Private Employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s announcement that his administration plans to require private employers with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing.

“President Biden’s unprecedented plan to impose a vaccine mandate on private employers is an alarming overreach into Americans’ individual rights and private enterprise,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. “As our nation faces a ‘help wanted’ crisis from shore to shore, President Biden’s mandate will continue to weaken our workforce and stunt our economic recovery. Like many Hoosiers, I am concerned by the Biden Administration’s obsession with big-government intervention and will continue to oppose all federal mandates.”

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 Visits Shatto Ditch to Highlight Innovation in Agriculture & Sustainability

Walorski Visits Shatto Ditch to Highlight Innovation in Agriculture & Sustainability

“Hoosier farmers are dedicated stewards of both our natural resources and our local economy.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week visited Shatto Ditch in Harrison Township to highlight this innovative project’s benefits for the local agriculture industry.

“Hoosier farmers are dedicated stewards of both our natural resources and our local economy. Shatto Ditch is an innovative solution to promote sustainability and ensure the future success of our region’s vital agricultural community,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “As a collaboration among federal, state, and research leaders, Shatto Ditch is making important progress toward safeguarding Indiana’s natural resources. I was thrilled to see this project’s achievements firsthand and look forward to its continued success.”

Rep. Walorski views Shatto Ditch, a two-stage ditch that naturally reduces fertilizer runoff.

BACKGROUND

Shatto Ditch is a tributary to the Tippecanoe River and drains a watershed with row crops and agriculture, forest, residential areas, and water and wetlands. By pairing cover crops and a two-stage ditch, this project reduces fertilizer runoff downstream and improves productivity associated with improvements in soil quality.

This conservation effort is led by a collaboration of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kosciusko County Soil & Water Conservation District, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University – Bloomington, The Nature Conservancy, Kosciusko County Surveyors, and United States Geological Survey.

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, Brady, Crapo Urge GAO to Investigate Fraudulent Activity in COVID Unemployment Insurance Programs

Walorski, Brady, Crapo Urge GAO to Investigate Fraudulent Activity in COVID Unemployment Insurance Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) must investigate the greatest theft of American tax dollars in the nation’s history, according to a new letter by Republican Leader of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), House Ways and Means Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID). Despite fraud in COVID unemployment insurance programs crossing multiple federal agency jurisdictions, no single entity has determined the actual scope or severity of unemployment fraud. Taxpayers need to know how much fraud has occurred and what actions are necessary to prevent future fraud, which takes resources away from those in need and puts them in the pockets of criminals.

The letter is addressed to the Comptroller General of the U.S. and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Gene Dodaro.

From the letter:

“Unemployment fraud takes resources away from American workers who deserve assistance and puts those resources directly in the pockets of fraudsters. Given that roughly a year-and-a-half has elapsed since the pandemic’s onset and given what appears to be the largest amount of unemployment fraud in history since March of last year, it is concerning that some seem almost indifferent to the massive fraud that has occurred.

“Fraud in COVID unemployment programs appears to be the greatest theft of American tax dollars in our nation’s history, estimated at anywhere from $89 billion to $400 billion. Yet, there is currently no federal effort in place to formally evaluate and estimate the true scope and severity of COVID unemployment fraud nationwide. We request that GAO, as part of its mission and ongoing work to reduce improper payments and safeguard federal funds, investigate, and provide a national estimate of funds lost because of fraudulent activity.”

Download the letter HERE.

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Walorski Honors Service and Sacrifice of the 13 Fallen Servicemembers

Walorski Honors Service and Sacrifice of the 13 Fallen Servicemembers

“The American people are indebted to these heroes.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement honoring the service and sacrifice of the 13 U.S. servicemembers who were killed in action in Afghanistan this week.

“As our 13 fallen servicemembers return home, including our fellow Hoosier Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, the American people are indebted to these heroes and to their families,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These courageous young Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Following in the long tradition of our Armed Forces, they fulfilled their duty, regardless of the cost. My prayers are with each of their families, friends, and brothers and sisters in arms as they grieve this profound loss.”

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 for President Biden’s Resignation

Walorski Calls for President Biden’s Resignation

“The buck must stop here.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement calling for the resignation of President Joe Biden as the worsening national security crisis continues to unfold in Afghanistan.

“The Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has endangered American lives and emboldened our adversaries. Yesterday, the death of 13 servicemembers in the line of duty was heartbreaking and horrific. The brutal terrorist attack that claimed these American heroes and nearly 100 Afghans was tragic.

“This botched operation is a direct consequence of the president’s decision to entrust the safety of American citizens and our Armed Forces to the goodwill of the Taliban. We owe it to our fallen servicemembers, and their families, to hold our nation’s commander-in-chief accountable for missteps that jeopardized their vital mission of evacuating American citizens, partners, and vetted allies from Afghanistan.

“As the president has said repeatedly, the buck stops with him – and I agree. The buck must stop here. President Biden has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, and, therefore, must resign.”

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 Statement on the Life and Legacy of Elkhart City Councilwoman Mary Olsen

Walorski Statement on the Life and Legacy of Elkhart City Councilwoman Mary Olsen

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement honoring the life of Elkhart City Councilwoman Mary Olsen, who passed away this week:

“Mary Olsen was a longtime friend of mine. She was one of the first people to encourage me to get involved in politics. Mary was by my side when I first ran for Congress and was the first person encouraging me to run again. She was there for me through thick and thin.

“Mary served on the Elkhart City Council for nearly 30 years. She was the longest serving woman on the council. Her passion to serve her community was second to none. Mary would fight for all of her constituents because she didn’t see them as Republican or Democrat, she saw them as her neighbor. Mary would take on the toughest challenges and would work across the aisle to get things done to better serve her constituents. Her passion for serving was respected by both Republicans and Democrats alike.”

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 for Resignation of Biden National Security Team

Walorski Calls for Resignation of Biden National Security Team

“We must hold the individuals responsible for this botched withdrawal accountable.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement calling for the resignation of President Biden’s national security team.

“Under President Biden’s leadership, thousands of Americans have been stranded behind enemy lines while the administration is inviting terrorists to call the shots and dictate the terms of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “This entire disaster has been a national security nightmare and a global embarrassment. We must hold the individuals responsible for this botched withdrawal accountable for the danger and chaos that they have needlessly created in their haste to meet the Taliban’s August 31 deadline. During this process, they have abandoned vulnerable Afghan allies – as well as U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons that now are in the hands of brutal terrorists. Today I am calling for the immediate resignation of President Biden’s national security team, including Secretary of State Blinken, National Security Adviser Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milley. The American people – and especially the courageous veterans of the War on Terror – expect and deserve better.”

BACKGROUND:

Congresswoman Walorski is a strong proponent of national security and our Armed Forces. This week, she joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise, Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, and fellow Republicans in introducing H.Res. 607, which condemns President Biden’s failure to heed the advice of military and intelligence advisors about the speed and nature of the Taliban offensive, leading to a disorganized, chaotic, and abrupt evacuation of United States personnel and Afghan allies.

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 Statement on Biden’s Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

Walorski Statement on Biden’s Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

“The President of the United States is not only negotiating with terrorists – he is letting the Taliban call the shots.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has stranded thousands of Americans behind enemy lines.

“The situation on the ground in Afghanistan continues to get worse every day. Thousands of Americans remain stranded behind enemy lines and time is running out before the August 31 deadline dictated by the Taliban. It is inconceivable that the President of the United States is not only negotiating with terrorists – he is letting the Taliban call the shots,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “President Biden must get every American safely home and evacuate the vetted Afghan allies that served alongside our Armed Forces – regardless of the Taliban’s timeline. It’s shameful that the Biden Administration is allowing a terrorist organization to dictate the actions of the most powerful military in the world. Every one of the Biden Administration’s missteps further endangers lives and makes American communities more vulnerable to terrorism.”

BACKGROUND:

Congresswoman Walorski today joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise, Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, and fellow Republicans in introducing a resolution condemning President Biden for deficient planning and the failed execution of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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 Statement on Dems’ Radical $3.5 Trillion Spending Spree

Walorski Statement on Dems’ Radical $3.5 Trillion Spending Spree

“This reckless spending spree is seriously out of touch with hardworking Hoosiers’ priorities.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending package.

“The Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget is a wish list for big-government spending on socialist programs that would burden working families and small businesses with higher taxes, smaller paychecks, and a weaker economy – all while adding $17 trillion to our nation’s debt. Especially as we face President Biden’s mounting inflation crisis, this reckless spending spree is seriously out of touch with hardworking Hoosiers’ priorities,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “As American citizens remain stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan and the crisis on the southern border spirals further out of control, President Biden and Congressional Democrats are more focused on passing their radical agenda than solving these massive problems. Instead of squandering time on this extreme budget proposal, the House of Representatives should be focused on addressing these crises, protecting Americans, and defending the homeland.”

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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