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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 Champions Pathway from Welfare to Work

Walorski Champions Pathway from Welfare to Work

TANF Reform Would Uphold Dignity of Work and Unlock American Dream for Families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), the top Republican of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, today championed ongoing efforts to renew Americans’ pathway from poverty to prosperity through pro-growth, pro-work welfare reform.

“The dignity of work is the key to uplifting families from poverty to prosperity. While Democrats want to keep paying Americans to stay home, Republicans are putting forth pro-work, pro-growth solutions that help individuals find and keep family-sustaining jobs,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “To end the cycle of poverty, we cannot keep sending checks without human connection. Case management is the key to addressing the underlying issues that perpetuate barriers to work, and we must continue to invest in workers and equip families to succeed.”

BACKGROUND

This week, Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee reintroduced the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act, which would reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by strengthening accountability and promoting measurable work outcomes, addressing the underlying barriers to work and equipping families to succeed.

During a Republican discussion on these reform efforts, “Building on Welfare Reform’s Success: Lifting Americans Out of Poverty Through Opportunity and Work,” Rep. Walorski highlighted the JOBS for Success Act and emphasized the importance of effective case management. Watch her remarks here.

Additionally, Congresswoman Walorski introduced H.R. 4543, the Coordinating Assistance for TANF Recipients Act, this week to allow states to test methods of coordinating case management between multiple programs for individuals and families who receive TANF benefits.

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark 1996 welfare reform passed by Congress, which created the TANF program.

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: Expanding Death Tax Would Hurt Family Farmers, Small Businesses

Walorski: Expanding Death Tax Would Hurt Family Farmers, Small Businesses

Repealing Stepped-Up Basis Could Force Next Generation of Hoosier Farmers to Sell Land to Pay IRS Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Tuesday defended Hoosier family farmers and small business owners who would face devastating tax hikes under Democrats’ proposal to expand the death tax.

“Instead of working on pro-growth policies to rebuild our economy, Democrats under President Biden are seeking to raise taxes on American families and job creators, all to pay for their left-wing wish list,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Without stepped-up basis, the next generation of Hoosier farmers could be forced to sell their land just to pay this supercharged death tax. This would add yet another burden on family-owned farms and businesses at a time when they are most vulnerable – after the death of a loved one. Nothing says ‘sorry for your loss’ quite like a massive tax bill from the IRS.”

BACKGROUND

Ways and Means Committee Republicans on Tuesday hosted a meeting examining the Biden administration’s proposal to repeal stepped-up basis. Repealing this provision in the tax code would effectively create a second death tax, harming America’s family farms and Main Street businesses.

Video of Walorski’s full remarks can be found 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 Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Promising Patient Access to Breakthrough Medical Products

Walorski Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Promising Patient Access to Breakthrough Medical Products

Bill Would Expedite Medicare Coverage Determination Process, Improve Availability of Breakthrough Devices for Patients

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today joined Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) in  introducing the Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act (H.R. 4043), legislation that would guarantee Medicare beneficiaries access to cutting-edge medical innovation by expediting the coverage determination process and improving the availability of breakthrough devices for patients.

“One of the best ways to encourage health care innovation is to remove unnecessary barriers patients face in getting the cutting-edge medical products they need,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful to reintroduce the bipartisan Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act, which will help break down these obstacles and delays. By streamlining the Medicare coverage process for new technologies, this commonsense legislation will boost American innovation and give Medicare patients faster access to life-saving medical devices.”

“Seniors should not be waiting on new cures and therapies that could change or even save their lives,” said DelBene. “Guaranteeing the coverage of breakthrough therapies and treatments would encourage future innovation and investment in cutting-edge medical technologies while improving quality of life for millions of seniors. We can’t let the coverage approval process be a barrier to life-saving treatments or care.”

“This legislation will help millions of seniors on Medicare by ensuring more timely access to the treatments they need,” said Bilirakis. “Additionally, there are more than 600 medical device companies in our state working to develop innovative and effective products.  I’ve heard from many of these businesses about how these lengthy and unnecessary Medicare coverage delays create a significant barrier in bringing new products to market. This bill is about connecting patients with important devices and technologies quicker. Additionally, it is about encouraging innovation rather than stifling it. Government has to get out of the way and streamline the payment process for effective new devices that can ultimately help improve and save lives.”

“No one should be forced to wait years to access critical treatments, especially our seniors,” said Cárdenas. “This bill ends the unnecessary delay of cutting-edge medical technologies that have the potential to save lives. By improving the determination process for patients, millions of seniors will have access to revolutionary care as soon as it comes to market and, as a result, an improved quality of life.”

“Medicare has long served as a real lifeline for millions of Americans who rely on its quality care to stay healthy, and the COVID-19 pandemic only underscored its importance for our nation’s seniors who faced particularly high risks from contracting this vicious virus,” said Upton. “During my tenure, I have worked to expand access to cutting-edge treatments and medical technologies that can enhance quality of life and, in some cases, save lives. The Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act sends a clear message that both Republicans and Democrats can work hand in hand to help folks lead healthier, longer lives. I am proud to support it.”

“When breakthrough medical technologies become available, our seniors should not have to wait to utilize them,” said Sewell. “I’m so proud to support this bill which would guarantee Medicare coverage for new, cutting-edge technologies and ensure that seniors in Alabama’s 7th District receive the most advanced care our country has to offer.”

BACKGROUND

Currently, Medicare does not automatically cover the latest advances in medical technology, even when the products are approved or cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and designated a breakthrough product. FDA-approved products can take up to three years to go through the Medicare coverage determination process, delaying vital treatments to millions of seniors.

The Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act would require Medicare to temporarily cover all breakthrough products approved through the FDA for four years. During this period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would be required to make a permanent coverage determination. This would allow patients and their providers access to the most cutting-edge, innovative care as soon as it comes to market.

For a medical product to earn the FDA’s “breakthrough” designation, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Provides more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions;
  • Has no approved alternatives;
  • Offers significant advantages over existing approved alternatives; or
  • Its availability is in the best interest of patients.

The bill also would provide temporary coverage for certain breakthrough devices that did not exist or were not considered when Medicare was first created, like digital therapeutics.

In January, CMS finalized the Medicare Coverage for Innovative Technology (MCIT) rule, which like H.R. 4043 would provide temporary Medicare coverage for products that have received breakthrough designation by the FDA and help Medicare beneficiaries access these new technologies. However, the CMS has since delayed implementing this rule.

This proposal was included in the recent bipartisan 21st Century Cures 2.0 discussion draft released by Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Upton.

The text of the legislation can be read 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, Holcomb Advocate Bringing New KC-46A Pegasus Aircraft to Miami County’s Grissom Air Reserve Base in Meeting with Top Air Force Reserve General

Walorski, Holcomb Advocate Bringing New KC-46A Pegasus Aircraft to Miami County’s Grissom Air Reserve Base in Meeting with Top Air Force Reserve General

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today urged strong consideration of Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB) to host a fleet of new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft in a meeting with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve.

“The brave men and women who serve at Grissom play a critical role in maintaining military readiness and supporting defense operations around the world,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful to General Scobee for sitting down with Governor Holcomb and me to hear more about the advantages Grissom would offer as a base for KC-46A Pegasus aircraft and to share his insights into the selection process. I have no doubt that selecting Grissom for this vital mission would be good for the U.S. Air Force, good for Miami County, and good for our national defense.”

“Grissom Air Reserve Base plays a critical role in our country’s national security and I’m proud of the men and women who dedicate their lives in serving our country,” Gov. Holcomb said. “By selecting Grissom to become the fifth KC-46A Main Operating Base would mean more jobs and opportunities in Miami County. I appreciate Rep. Walorski and General Scobee meeting with me to discuss this unique opportunity for Indiana.”

Click the images for high-resolution photos of the meeting.

Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Gov. Eric Holcomb, and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy C. White Jr. (L-R) discuss Grissom Air Reserve Base and the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.

As Chief of Air Force Reserve, Lt. Gen. Scobee advises the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff on reserve matters. As Commander of Air Force Reserve Command, he oversees all Air Force Reserve units globally.

Grissom ARB, located in Miami County, Ind., is among six candidate bases for future Reserve-led operations of the new KC-46A aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft. A total of 12 KC-46As will replace the KC-135 Stratotankers at the selected location. The designation would add 190 new jobs to Grissom, bringing total personnel servicing the 434th Air Refueling Wing to 112 officers, 555 enlisted, and 34 civilians.

Walorski recently led the Indiana congressional delegation in a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth highlighting the many advantages Grissom would offer as the fifth Main Operating Base for KC-46A aircraft.

A copy of the letter is available 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 Reintroduces Bill to Repeal Social Security Penalty on Working Seniors

Walorski Reintroduces Bill to Repeal Social Security Penalty on Working Seniors

Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act Would Stop Penalizing Social Security Recipients Who Continue to Work

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today reintroduced the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act, legislation to end a penalty on seniors who continue working or return to work after claiming Social Security benefits.

“Older Americans who stay on the job or return to work after claiming Social Security shouldn’t have their benefits reduced or delayed as a result,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “With small businesses across the country struggling to hire workers, our economic recovery depends on encouraging work, not penalizing it. By eliminating an unnecessary Social Security penalty, the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act is a simple but important fix to ensure working seniors get the full benefits they’re counting on.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 3921, the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act, would eliminate the Retirement Earnings Test (RET), a penalty on Social Security Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) beneficiaries who choose to enter, remain in, or return to the labor force. The RET penalty primarily affects younger seniors who choose to work after claiming Social Security benefits.

The full text of the bill is available here.

The legislation is supported by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).

“Social Security beneficiaries deserve the freedom to continue earning a paycheck in retirement,” said Andrew Lautz, NTU Director of Federal Policy. “Representative Walorski’s bill to repeal the Retirement Earnings Test (RET) would correct long-running inequities in the Social Security program and offer more flexibility for working seniors. National Taxpayers Union applauds Representative Walorski for introducing the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act.”

In March, Walorski introduced H.R. 1601, the Pandemic Relief for Working Seniors Act, which would effectively suspend RET penalties for the vast majority of working Social Security recipients for 2020 and 2021.

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 Presses Becerra on Reports of Foster Youth Displaced Due to Border Crisis

Walorski Presses Becerra on Reports of Foster Youth Displaced Due to Border Crisis

Ways and Means Republicans Recently Called on HHS to Provide Transparency on Impacts of Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Across Border

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Tuesday pressed Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra on reports that American children and youth in foster care have been displaced from their residences due to the border crisis and surge of unaccompanied migrant children.

“The Biden administration has a responsibility to acknowledge that what we are seeing at the southern border is indeed a crisis, and that its misguided policies are to blame,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Biden administration also has a duty to address the downstream effects of the current border crisis. We’ve seen local news reports from Washington and Texas about foster youth being displaced and forced to vacate their residences in order to make room for unaccompanied migrant children. This is extremely alarming, especially given the already limited availability of more permanent placements for foster children.”

Video of Walorski questioning Becerra at the Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) FY2022 budget proposal is available here.

BACKGROUND

More than 400,000 children and youth are in foster care nationwide, and recent press reports from the states of Washington and Texas have raised concerns about foster youth forced to vacate their residences to provide accommodations for unaccompanied migrant children.

Walorski, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, last week joined other Republican leaders in calling on Secretary Becerra to provide transparency on the impact of the border crisis on U.S. foster youth.

Along with Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Oversight Subcommittee Republican Leader Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Oversight and Reform Committee Republican Leader James Comer (R-Ky.), Walorski sent Becerra a letter requesting information about $2.1 billion in funds HHS has diverted to cover the cost of caring for more than 29,000 migrant children who have crossed the border this year. Approximately 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children are currently in the care of HHS.

Read the full letter here.

In April, Ways and Means Republicans requested Secretary Becerra provide a briefing on the impact of the crisis on the foster care system. Walorski and Kelly previously called on the HHS Inspector General to investigate the toll on U.S. foster children.

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, Pappas Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Caregivers Save for Retirement

Walorski, Pappas Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Caregivers Save for Retirement

Expanding Access to Retirement Savings for Caregivers Act Would Allow Family Caregivers Returning to Work to Start Catch-Up Contributions Sooner

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) today announced the reintroduction of the Expanding Access to Retirement Savings for Caregivers Act. The bipartisan bill would allow individuals who took at least one year out of the workforce for the purpose of caring for a family member to begin catch-up contributions to their eligible retirement accounts in years prior to age 50.

“Taking time away from work to care for a loved one often results in missed opportunities for hardworking Americans – especially women – to save for retirement,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These caregivers should not be penalized for putting their families first. This bipartisan bill would ensure these caregivers have access to critical retirement savings tools by allowing them to start catch-up contributions to their retirement accounts sooner.”

“Those who leave the workforce to provide care for a loved one should not be short-changed on their retirement and forced to do more with less later in life,” Congressman Pappas said. “This bipartisan legislation will help level the playing field so caregivers can begin making catch-up payments to their 401Ks, IRAs, and other accounts sooner and not lose out on valuable retirement savings as a result of the time they took to help a family member in need.”

“People who take time out of the workforce to care for family members help not only their own immediate families but their communities and our country,” said Hadley Heath Manning, Director of Policy, Independent Women’s Voice. “IWV supports legislation that recognizes their sacrifices and gives them the opportunity to make up for lost time by expanding their eligibility to make catch-up contributions for retirement accounts. Independent Women’s Voice is proud to support The Expanding Access to Retirement Savings for Caregivers Act sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH).”

BACKGROUND

Under current law, employees aged 50 and older are eligible to utilize catch-up contributions to make additional deposits to their 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and other eligible retirement accounts.

Although catch-up contributions can be an important mechanism for many Americans to expand their retirement savings, they are often insufficient for individuals who take time out of the workforce to care for family members and miss opportunities to save for retirement for multiple years. This disparity predominantly impacts women, who are more likely to take more time to act as full-time family caregivers.

H.R. 3644, the Expanding Access to Retirement Savings for Family Caregivers Act, would remedy this element of the retirement system that penalizes caregivers by allowing individuals who took at least one year out of the workforce without receiving earned income, primarily for the purpose of caring for a family member, to make catch-up contributions to eligible retirement accounts sooner. These former caregivers would be eligible to begin making catch-up contributions at age 50 minus the number of years they spent out of the workforce.

Read the full text of the legislation 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, Phillips Lead Bipartisan Bill To Spur Innovation, Protect Vulnerable Startups

Walorski, Phillips Lead Bipartisan Bill To Spur Innovation, Protect Vulnerable Startups

IGNITE American Innovation Act Would Provide Tax Relief to Medical Device Startups, Other Tech Innovators

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) today introduced the IGNITE American Innovation Act, a bipartisan bill to provide relief for startup businesses that were ineligible for other types of aid passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“High-tech innovators like medical device manufacturers in northern Indiana will be vital to rebuilding our economy after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Providing tax relief to cutting-edge startups is a commonsense way to ensure they can continue to develop life-saving technologies, discover treatments and cures, and create good jobs. I’m grateful to work across the aisle to boost small and mid-size businesses and drive innovation when we need it more than ever.”

“The Great Recession did severe and lasting damage to American entrepreneurship,” Congressman Phillips said. “We cannot and must not allow the COVID-19 pandemic to do the same. This bipartisan bill will deliver long-overdue relief to our nation’s innovators and ensure that they continue to develop the lifesaving and game-changing technologies our economy and communities rely on.”

BACKGROUND

U.S. startups are some of the most innovative firms in the world, and for the past year many have been working on products to fight the COVID-19 crisis and future pandemic threats. Walorski’s IGNITE American Innovation Act will allow small and mid-size businesses left out of the CARES Act to access fast and efficient capital, so that they can continue that important work and accelerate our nation’s recovery.

Specifically, the IGNITE American Innovation Act would:

  • Allow growth companies to monetize up to $25 million of accumulated net operating losses (NOLs) and R&D credits; and
  • Double the value of R&D credits generated by research into products to prevent, diagnose, or treat COVID-19 and future pandemic threats.

The bill is already being praised by a coalition of advocates for tech startups:

  • Mark Leahey, President and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA): “MDMA thanks Congressman Phillips and Congresswoman Walorski for their ongoing bipartisan leadership to provide support and resources for medical technology innovators who are dedicated to develop the cures, diagnostics and therapies of tomorrow. As the medtech ecosystem continues to confront COVID-19 and the numerous other challenges facing patients and physicians, the ‘IGNITE Act’ would provide some of the critical liquidity that is needed to do so.”
  • Peter Chandler, TechNet’s VP of Federal Policy & Government Relations: “Startups are the lifeblood of our economy. They have the highest potential for job growth and create jobs at faster rates than older companies. As we begin the next phase of our post-pandemic recovery, startups will play a critical role in creating jobs and growing our economy. The IGNITE Act would provide an immediate boost to startups, giving them the liquidity needed to hire talent and invest in innovation. This bill will help boost our economic recovery and strengthen America’s position as a global leader.”
  • Bobby Franklin, President, National Venture Capital Association:IGNITE will accelerate investments in startup ecosystems across the country to power the jobs and economy of the future. This bipartisan legislation will provide immediate liquidity to our most innovative companies that must be used to finance job creation, R&D, or facility construction, creating more economic opportunity, and boosting American competitiveness.”
  • John Dearie, President, Center for American Entrepreneurship: “CAE applauds the re-introduction of the IGNITE American Innovation Act and thanks Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) for their continued leadership on this critical issue. In addition to its devastating toll in human lives, the Covid-19 pandemic inflicted a devastating blow to the U.S. economy, forcing the permanent closure of hundreds of thousands of businesses and destroying millions of jobs.  As the nation emerges from the crisis, accelerating economic growth and job creation is the top domestic policy priority.  Innovative startups will play a major role in this effort.  Repeated research has demonstrated that startups account for a disproportionate share of the innovations that drive economic growth and job creation.  But to succeed, startups need capital.  The bipartisan IGNITE American Innovation Act is critical to ensuring that the nation’s startups have the capital they need to drive the post-Covid recovery.  Because most startups remain “pre-revenue” for a number of years after they launch, they have no income tax obligation against which to write-off valuable tax assets like net operating losses and research and development tax credits – which existing businesses are able to monetize by reducing their income tax liability.  The IGNITE American Innovation Act would amend the tax code to allow high-growth startups to monetize up to $25 million of these tax assets, providing additional liquidity to fuel their success.  The Act is an essential element of America’s strategy of innovation-driven economic revitalization.”
  • Jennifer Grundy Young, CEO, Technology Councils of North America: “In many cases startups are financially fragile and are assuming significant risk – risk that could result in solving critical problems. It is important to have policies, like the IGNITE Act, in place to ensure start-up, growing companies are well capitalized to advance important research and development.  We look forward to working with congressional members to advance this important legislation.”
  • Cameron Arterton, Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s Vice President, Tax Policy: “BIO is pleased to support the reintroduction of the IGNITE American Innovation Act which will provide immediate liquidity to our emerging biotechnology companies and be used to support R&D, innovation, and job creation. We want to thank the sponsors for their attention and work on this important piece of legislation.”
  • Scott Whitaker, President and CEO, Advanced Medical Technology Association: “Investment in innovation is investment in a better future for all of us. But investment in innovation can be difficult, especially for small and start-up companies and especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Smart policy, like the IGNITE American Innovation Act, can help ease entrepreneurs’ path to success, which, in turn, can help speed people’s access to that success. For medtech, that means access to life-saving treatments and cures. We’re proud to join the American Startups and Job Growth Coalition in urging Congress to pass IGNITE.”

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 Announce Child Care and Paid Leave Package for Working Families

Walorski, Brady Announce Child Care and Paid Leave Package for Working Families

Ways and Means Republicans Propose Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), the top Republican on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, today joined Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) in unveiling an early draft of the Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act to increase access to paid family and medical leave and affordable child care.

“Working families face many challenges balancing the demands of work with their needs at home,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “They want good jobs, growing paychecks, access to child care, and paid leave that works for them – not the tax hikes, job-killing mandates, and one-size-fits-all government programs Democrats are offering. Republicans’ commonsense proposal will improve access to paid family leave and affordable child care in a way that puts working families first and keeps small businesses on the path to rebuilding our economy.”

“Republicans’ approach to child care and paid leave puts families and Main Street businesses first, while Democrats’ one-size-fits-all socialist solution gives Washington control,” Rep. Brady said. “By putting the IRS in charge of your time off and child care, Democrats’ path will leave you with lower paychecks for life, less choice, fewer jobs, and greater hardships. Republicans’ proposal shows a bipartisan way to build on the proven success of pro-growth tax reform’s family-centered policies.”

Walorski today spoke about the legislation at a subcommittee hearing on expanding access to paid family leave and child care. Video of Walorski’s remarks can be found here.

BACKGROUND

The Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act would provide greater flexibility and choice to parents while focusing the greatest benefits to low-wage workers. It includes legislation introduced by Walorski to allow working families to contribute more to an employer-sponsored dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), roll over unused funds at the end of the year, and use the funds for expenses such as adoption, tutoring, sports activities, and art and music programs.

The proposal would expand access to paid family and medical leave by incentivizing more employers to provide leave and focusing on gaps in coverage.

  • Preserve what’s working by allowing workers and employers to work out the details.
  • Expand the employer-provided paid family and medical leave tax credit and create new family savings accounts.
  • Incentivize and reduce costs for small employers to offer paid family leave to their employees by providing more generous tax credits and paving the way for pooling and cost sharing.
  • Target policies to low-wage workers, who are least likely to receive paid leave through their employers.

It would also expand access to affordable child care by leveraging the existing $50 billion in new investments, targeting funds, and preserving parent choice.

  • Improve flexibility for families using dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • Improve the employer-provided child care tax credit to provide flexibility for workers and more generous credits for small employers.
  • Increase parent choice to best fit their child’s needs, prevent the child care “cliff” for low-income parents, and better target existing funds to states with higher concentrations of children in poverty.
  • Provide states with new options to increase supply of care and more time to use $50 billion in new funding provided since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that hasn’t yet made it to local communities and families.
  • Create a bipartisan commission to make recommendations to Congress on streamlining and reducing duplication in financing of federal early care and education programs.

Click here to read the full discussion draft text. Click here for a section-by-section summary.

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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