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Walorski Thanks Hoosier Veterans for Their Courageous Service and Sacrifice in Afghanistan

Walorski Thanks Hoosier Veterans for Their Courageous Service and Sacrifice in Afghanistan 

Help Is Available 24/7 For Veterans in Crisis

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement thanking veterans from Indiana and across the country for their service in Afghanistan during the War on Terror.

“For 20 years, men and women in uniform from Indiana and across the country have courageously served in Afghanistan, defending our freedom and fundamental rights. I am grateful for every single veteran’s service and recognize their tremendous contributions both to our nation and to the peace of this region. The progress that they accomplished in Afghanistan – including preventing terrorism on American soil for 20 years – is a testament to our Armed Forces and their resolve,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I thank all of our Hoosier veterans – along with their families – for their service. The devastating situation unfolding in Afghanistan is difficult to watch. Every veteran should be proud of their service, and each one must remember that they have made a difference in countless lives. For any veteran or service member in crisis, help is available from the St. Joseph County VA Clinic at 574-272-9000, the South Bend Vet Center at 574-231-8480, and the national Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.”

RESOURCES: 

The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 to assist veterans, service members, and their families. Please call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or chat online here.

Second District Hoosiers in need of assistance with evacuations from Afghanistan or Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghan allies should contact Congresswoman Walorski’s office at (574) 204-2645.

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 President Biden’s Disgraceful Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Walorski Statement on President Biden’s Disgraceful Withdrawal from Afghanistan

While President Biden is MIA, Americans and Allies Were Left Behind Enemy Lines

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“While President Biden is MIA, the American people have watched in horror as the Taliban gained control of Kabul and U.S. citizens – and our Afghan allies – were left behind enemy lines. This botched withdrawal is an affront to our service members who have served and sacrificed during the War on Terror,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Biden-Harris Administration’s failures will endanger American lives and cede hard-fought victories. Instead of focusing on rebuilding America, President Biden and his administration are rebuilding Afghanistan into a breeding ground for anti-American terrorism. This disgraceful withdrawal is a disaster for our national security and for the basic human rights of women and girls.”

Background:

Congresswoman Walorski is a strong supporter of our Armed Forces and human rights across the globe. On Friday, she released a statement condemning the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. 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 Statement on Biden Admin’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Walorski Statement on Biden Admin’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Taliban Gains Endanger America’s National Security, Imperil Human Rights of Women and Children

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“Under the Biden-Harris Administration’s watch, the Taliban is quickly gaining ground and amassing power in a trend that will undoubtedly endanger our national security and imperil the fundamental human rights of women and children in Afghanistan,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “While I support a strategic approach to bring American troops safely home and end this war, President Biden’s foreign policy is empowering terrorists and ceding hard-fought victories. This chaotic withdrawal is a disservice to the courageous service members from Indiana and across the country who have honorably served and sacrificed throughout the War on Terror.”

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 Champions Evidence-Based Support for Hoosier Kids and Families

Walorski Champions Evidence-Based Support for Hoosier Kids and Families

Rep. Walorski Visits Family and Children’s Center in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), the top Republican of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, during a visit to the Family and Children’s Center in South Bend championed evidence-based support for families in need through the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

“Connecting families in need with compassionate human support is proven to uplift families and change lives. Through the voluntary home visiting services offered through the MIECHV program, case managers provide tools to children and families during critical early years that will set up our kids for future success,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Instead of sending endless government checks, this evidence-based approach uses first responders to protect children at risk and equip parents with resources to help their families thrive. The dedicated team at the Family and Children’s Center in South Bend does incredible work to support and serve Hoosier families, and they see firsthand the lifesaving results of this program every day.”

BACKGROUND

During her visit to the Family and Children’s Center this week, Congresswoman Walorski met with the staff of the center to discuss the resources and services that they offer to Hoosier families, including home visiting services.

MIECHV is an evidence-based federal program that has shown positive outcomes in improving prenatal health, supporting childhood development, increasing financial independence, and preventing child abuse and neglect through voluntary home visiting services.

As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, Congresswoman Walorski is a strong supporter of the MIECHV program and was instrumental in its successful reauthorization in 2018. Congress is expected to consider the reauthorization of the MIECHV program again in 2022, which falls under the jurisdiction of Congresswoman Walorski’s subcommittee.

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 U.S. District Court Ruling on Pro-Life Provisions in Indiana State Law

Walorski Statement on U.S. District Court Ruling on Pro-Life Provisions in Indiana State Law

“Every human life is a gift, and I will continue to support protections for the unborn.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the U.S. District Court ruling striking down pro-life provisions in Indiana’s state law.

“It is deeply disappointing that the U.S. District Court struck down several commonsense, pro-life provisions in Indiana state law that were designed to protect women and children. Pro-life Hoosier lawmakers have worked hard to pass laws that protect the unborn and most vulnerable among us,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The U.S. Constitution clearly safeguards life, and it’s my hope that this decision will be appealed. Every human life is a gift, and I will continue to support protections for the unborn.”

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 FY2022 Appropriations

Walorski Statement on FY2022 Appropriations

Exclusion of Hyde Amendment Protections Will Cost Lives, Endanger Americans’ Conscience Rights

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on H.R. 4502, the FY2022 appropriations package.

“As a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, I have many concerns with the Democrat-led appropriations bills. This reckless spending will further exacerbate the ongoing inflation crisis, while failing to address our nation’s real security and defense needs,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Disappointingly, this legislation also excluded vital pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment. This longstanding provision has prevented taxpayer funding for abortion services since 1976, saving nearly 2.5 million lives. No American should be forced to bankroll abortion against their conscience, and I will continue to defend the sanctity of life and our fundamental rights.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski is a steadfast advocate for the dignity of life. This week, she spoke in opposition to the exclusion of both the Hyde Amendment and the Helms Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer support for abortion abroad. Watch her full remarks on the Hyde Amendment and the Helms Amendment.

 

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 Op-Ed in The Washington Examiner: The Dignity of Work Uplifts Families

Walorski Op-Ed in The Washington Examiner: The Dignity of Work Uplifts Families

“Incentivizing work and eliminating barriers is proven to uplift families from poverty to prosperity.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, this week outlined Republicans’ plan to uplift struggling families from poverty to prosperity through pro-work, pro-growth reforms.

In the Washington Examiner, Congresswoman Walorski addressed the underlying barriers to work and highlighted the importance of helping individuals find and keep family-sustaining jobs.

Washington Examiner
The dignity of work uplifts families
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)
July 27, 2021

Our nation has been built and forged by generations of hardworking people. Since our country’s founding, the dignity of work has been vital to our culture and to the American dream itself.

Time and time again, meaningful jobs and work have been the key to ending the cycle of poverty and lifting struggling families into success. As we mark the 25th anniversary of welfare reform this summer, we must reaffirm our commitment to supporting our neighbors in need, strengthening the workforce, and growing our economy.

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In 1996, Congress passed landmark bipartisan welfare reform, which included the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. These block grants were designed to empower states to end open-ended entitlement and provide a temporary safety net for those in need. Since then, some states have manipulated the program and outright ignored its work requirements. A quarter of a century later, we have the opportunity to return that program to its intended purpose — addressing the underlying barriers to work and equipping families to succeed.

We can’t keep throwing money at the problem. No number of endless government payments can address the challenges that could be holding a family back from success, which could include addiction, abuse, or unaddressed mental health issues. While Democrats want to keep paying people to stay home, Republicans are putting forth pro-work, pro-growth solutions that help individuals find and keep family-sustaining jobs.

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Incentivizing work and eliminating barriers is proven to uplift families from poverty to prosperity. By reforming welfare for the first time in the 21st century, we can take commonsense action today to secure tomorrow’s success. Restoring the dignity of work will not only strengthen our national fabric but also will unlock the American dream for families now and for generations to come.

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full op-ed 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. She is the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.

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Walorski Statement on CDC Mask Guidance

Walorski Statement on CDC Mask Guidance

Mask Mandates Undercut Faith in Facts, American Innovation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announcement on updated mask guidance.

“Reinstituting mask mandates sends the wrong signal,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The CDC’s updated mask guidance will undercut Americans’ faith in facts and innovation, and I will continue to oppose all federal mask 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 Introduces Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act

Walorski Introduces Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act

Bipartisan Legislation Would Eliminate Burdens, Provide Tax Certainty for Motorsports Industry

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Motorsports Fairness and Permanency Act of 2021, to make permanent the seven-year cost recovery period for motorsports entertainment complexes. This commonsense solution would provide certainty and equip industry leaders to make long-term investments in safe racing environments.

“As Hoosiers know firsthand, the motorsports industry supports a beloved American pastime and creates family-sustaining jobs in our community,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “This commonsense legislation will provide long-term certainty to facilities like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – home of the Indy 500 – so they can continue to invest in our communities, create good jobs, and drive economic growth across the country.”

BACKGROUND
Congresswoman Walorski introduced this bipartisan legislation alongside Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.).

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 Reintroduces Legislation to Get Welfare Recipients Back to Work

Walorski Reintroduces Legislation to Get Welfare Recipients Back to Work

“This legislation will empower individuals to find and keep good jobs so their families can live the American Dream.” 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Carol Miller (R-W.Va.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Ron Estes (R-Kan.) this week reintroduced the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act. This legislation encourages employer-led partnerships with state and local agencies to hire recipients from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to provide job skills training to strengthen America’s workforce.

“Our safety net helps workers get back on their feet when they fall on hard times, but too often it can trap people in a cycle of poverty,” said Congresswoman Walorski, Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support. “One key to breaking that cycle is to treat TANF recipients like individuals – not like numbers on a spreadsheet. By creating an evidence-based program to help recipients gain experience and on-the-job training, this legislation will empower individuals to find and keep good jobs so their families can live the American Dream.”

“As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I’m focused on creating new jobs, alleviating poverty, and supporting local businesses,” said Congresswoman Miller. “By incentivizing employers to hire TANF recipients, this bill would provide those new workers with invaluable on-the-job training that prepares them for long-term careers and, as a result, helps lift them out of poverty. I’m proud to work with my colleagues to create this direct pathway to employment opportunities and success for TANF recipients in West Virginia and across the country.”

“The primary purpose of federal assistance programs should be to help Americans escape poverty, not endure it. I am proud to join my colleagues on this legislation to help TANF recipients prepare to join the workforce, find jobs, and put themselves on a path to self-sufficiency,” said Congressman Kelly.

“The best way to assist Americans in need is through employment, which is why I’ve helped reintroduce the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act,” said Congressman Estes. “This commonsense legislation encourages a return to work for those receiving TANF benefits, helping more Americans achieve the American dream.”

BACKGROUND
The Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act combines the goals of helping TANF recipients find employment, while providing employers with available workers. The TANF Contingency Fund would be used to subsidize wages for no more than 50% of the recipient’s wages. The other 50% would be provided by the employer or state and local funds. States will additionally be required to report on the outcomes of this program.

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