Issue: Agriculture

Walorski Meets Notre Dame Grad, Professional Basketball Player, Ruth Riley

Riley Testified Before Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), chairwoman of the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee, today met with former University of Notre Dame basketball player Ruth Riley before Riley testified before Walorski’s subcommittee hearing, “Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Breaking the Cycle”.

Riley played for the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the 2001 National Championship Women’s Team, won an WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock, and also won a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team. She has used her platform as a professional basketball player to serve as an ambassador for Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization committed to ending childhood hunger, as part of their No Kid Hungry campaign. Riley used her personal history as a child raised in a single-parent household that relied on food stamps and free-and-reduced lunches and community service experience to testify at the hearing.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Announces G.R.O.W. Tour

MISHAWAKA, IN – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced details for her upcoming Get Regulation Out of The Way (GROW) tour where she will travel the Second Congressional District to hear how federal regulations have impacted farmers, business owners, and manufacturers.

According to the American Action Forum, the Obama administration has issued over 500 major federal regulations costing taxpayers, including small business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy.

Last week, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Wednesday, August 12

Elkhart County

9 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Superior Oil

Media are welcome to attend

1030 All Pro Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514

St. Joseph County

10:35 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Plastic Solutions, Inc.

Media are welcome to attend

3615 Voorde Drive, South Bend, IN 46628

Marshall County

12:25 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Nishikawaka Standard Co LLC (NISCO aka Cooper Standard)
Media are welcome to attend

501 High Road, Bremen, IN 46506

Pulaski County

2:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour U.S. Aggregates, Inc.
Media are welcome to attend

14530 W 700 S, Francesville, IN 47946

Starke County

4:45 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Hoosier Custom Plastics

Media are welcome to attend

201 Hamilton Drive, Knox, IN 46534

LaPorte County

6:35 p.m. ET – Walorski speak to members of the Indiana Corn and Soybean Alliance

Media are welcome to attend

5702 E 100 S, Mill Creek, IN 46365

Thursday, August 13

Kosciusko County

9:00 a.m. ET – Walorski visit Shatto Ditch

Media are welcome to attend

Approximately 1515 South State Rd 19, Mentone, IN 46539

Wabash County

10:45 a.m. ET – Walorski will tour Bulldog Battery

Media are welcome to attend

98 E Canal St, Wabash, IN 46992

Miami County

12:40 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Savage Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1137 West Birmingham Road, Macy, IN 46951

Fulton County

1:55 p.m. ET – Walorski will tour Harsh Farms

Media are welcome to attend

1840 South 875 East, Akron, IN 46910

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Stops at Savage Farms in Miami County

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Macy

Macy, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Miami County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Savage Farms, Walorski toured the farm to learn about various environmental issues including water run-off to various parts of the farms and how that is regulated by federal agencies.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Agriculture is a significant driver of Indiana’s economy and in many rural counties, like Miami, agriculture is the primary economic activity,” Walorski said. “Unfortunately, burdensome regulations are going to take our farmers out of the fields and require them to spend precious time and resources complying with trivial rules. I’m committed to genuine regulatory reform and will continue to work with my House colleagues to ensure our economy is free to grow by ending job-killing regulations, delivering commonsense solutions to scale back the bureaucracy, and reducing the power and interference of federal bureaucrats.”

Founded in 1956, Savage Farms is a small dairy farm in Macy, Indiana.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at U.S. Aggregates, Inc. in Pulaski County

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Francesville

Francesville, Ind. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Pulaski County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at U.S. Aggregates, Inc., Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Pulaski County businesses employ over 3,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like NISCO to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Plastic Solutions, Inc. for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

For over 50 years, U.S. Aggregates, Inc. has been providing high-quality products to the construction, asphalt, and ready-mix industries. Their success is attributed to their mission of providing quality, consistency, reliability, and value. In addition to providing exceptional products, the company also makes a great contribution to Indiana job creation, employing over 5,000 Hoosiers.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at Bulldog Battery in Wabash County

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Wabash

Wabash, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Wabash County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the course of two days, Walorski will visit with manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Bulldog Battery, Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing farmers, business owners and manufacturers, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Wabash County businesses employ over 14,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing manufacturers to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Bulldog Battery for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

For over 30 years, Bulldog Battery has been manufacturing high-quality industrial batteries for use in electric fork lifts, order pickers, pallet jacks, etc. They attribute their growth to their production of a high-quality product, their low overhead expenses and their aggressive approach to the industrial battery market.

“The constant regulations are both unfair and inefficient,” said Bulldog Battery President Norman Benjamin. “Compliance with governmental rules is a costly and time-consuming burden and we appreciate Rep. Walorski taking time to hear from our employees how this affects our business and thank her for all that she does to fight on our behalf in Congress.”

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at Plastic Solutions in St. Joseph County

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in St. Joseph County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Plastic Solutions, Inc., Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“St. Joseph County businesses employ over 100,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like Plastic Solutions, Inc. to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Plastic Solutions, Inc. for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

Since 1991, Plastic Solutions, Inc. has been making high-quality plastic parts, predominately serving the automotive industry but also makes parts for industrial and consumer use. The equipment in their 90,000 square-foot facility utilizes computer controlled processing to continually provide the highest quality of parts.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

Walorski Stops at Nishikawaka Standard Co LLC in Marshall County

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Bremen

Bremen, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Marshall County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Nishikawaka Standard Co LLC (NISCO), Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Marshall County businesses employ over 16,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like NISCO to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like NISCO for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

Cooper Standard is one of the top suppliers worldwide for systems and components for the automotive industry. Since the company’s start in 1960, Cooper standard has grown to employ over 27,000 people globally. They are currently ranked in the top 30 in sales and the top five in return on invested capital.

“I want to thank Rep. Walorski for visiting and fighting on our behalf in Congress to reduce the regulatory burden we face on a daily basis that hinders our ability to grow and hire more workers,” said Steve Folden, NISCO’s Bremen, and Fort Wayne, and Topeka’s general plant manager.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

ICYMI: Walorski Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Utilization of Evidence-based Research in SNAP

Welcomes Notre Dame Professor as Witness

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), convened a Subcommittee on Nutrition hearing to continue the full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The subcommittee met to examine how the utilization of evidence-based research can allow limited program resources to be targeted toward the interventions with the greatest impact.

“With nearly 46 million Americans in the SNAP program, it is critical to explore how we can implement effective research that will improve the quality and quantity of data currently available. More and better data helps us as lawmakers evaluate what works and what doesn’t and target resources towards programs that can have the greatest impact on improving SNAP for both recipients and taxpayers.” Walorski said.

The subcommittee heard testimony from a panel of experts, who discussed the ways in which social science research methods and evidence-based solutions reduce costs and improve results. Expert witnesses included Jim Sullivan, an economics professor at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the Lab for Economic Opportunity.

Watch Walorski opening remarks here.

Earlier today, Walorski sat down with Professor Sullivan and introduced him to the Subcommittee, watch her introduction here and click here for a photo of the meeting.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

Advisory: Walorski to Chair Subcommittee Hearing on Utilization of Evidence-based Research in SNAP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), will convene a Subcommittee on Nutrition for the House Committee on Agriculture to continue the full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The subcommittee will meet to examine how the utilization of evidence-based research can allow limited program resources to be targeted toward the interventions with the greatest impact.

The subcommittee will hear testimony from a panel of experts, including Jim Sullivan, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the Lab for Economic Opportunity. Witnesses will discuss the ways in which social science research methods and evidence-based solutions reduce costs, and improve results.

WHO: Rep. Jackie Walorski, Chairwoman of the Nutrition Subcommittee

WHAT: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Developing and Using Evidence-Based Solutions

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13 at 1 p.m.

Witnesses for Wednesday’s hearing include:

Watch the subcommittee hearing here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and House Committee on Agriculture.

Walorski Statement on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement following passage of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which requires the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule within 30 years and reaffirms the federal and state partnership to protect water resources.

“Allowing the current administration to continue with WOTUS would have serious consequences for our economy, threaten jobs, and significantly restrict the ability of farmers and landowners to make decisions about their property. This is commonsense legislation to protect our Hoosier farmers from excessive government overreach and prevent the EPA from regulating an industry outside their jurisdiction and end their abuse of power once and for all.”

Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972 to establish a federal-state partnership to protect our nation’s waterways.

Despite the partnership established under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the limits to federal authority, the Obama administration has decided to increase the federal government’s scope of federal jurisdiction under the CWA.

H.R. 1732 addresses concerns with a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) last year to redefine the “waters of the U.S.” definition under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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