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Walorski Requests Information on Expansion of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs to Derivative Articles

Walorski Requests Information on Expansion of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs to Derivative Articles

Expresses Concern Over Uncertainty and Impact on U.S. Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross expressing concerns over the recent expansion of section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum to include certain derivative articles. She requested information about the legal justification for the expansion, how the new tariffs will address Chinese overcapacity, how it was determined which articles to include, and whether the Department has adequate staff to process additional exclusion requests.

“A sudden announcement on a Friday evening is not befitting such a dramatic paradigm shift from tariffs only on raw materials to now include downstream products as well,” Congresswoman Walorski wrote. “Even more concerning, there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the new tariffs more than a month after they were announced.”

The new tariffs were announced January 24 in a Presidential Proclamation and took effect on February 8, 2020. However, it remains unclear how the Commerce Department determined which products should be included and whether there will be a product exclusion process to allow U.S. businesses to petition for tariff relief.

“As always, I stand ready to work with you to address unfair trade practices and overcapacity,” Walorski added. “However, we also must ensure that any tariffs or other actions are targeted correctly and based on rigorous analysis that includes a transparent opportunity for input from all stakeholders so as to minimize the effects on domestic manufacturers.”

A copy of Walorski’s letter is available here.

In the letter, Walorski asked the Commerce Department to explain what legal authority is being used to justify the expansion of Section 232 tariffs, how the expansion will address Chinese overcapacity and increase domestic capacity utilization, and what process was used to determine which derivative articles to include. Walorski also requested a copy of the Department’s most recent report on the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs, including on downstream sectors.

Finally, Walorski asked whether the Department is confident it has adequate staff to handle a higher volume of product exclusion requests as a result of the expansion into derivatives. Walorski has repeatedly pressed the Commerce Department to fix problems faced by U.S. manufacturers and small businesses requesting relief from Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. In 2019, she sent three letters to Secretary Ross outlining her concerns that the product exclusion process lacks transparency, consistency, and fairness.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski: Phase One Agreement Will Hold China Accountable

Walorski: Phase One Agreement Will Hold China Accountable

Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Cracking Down on China’s Unfair Trade Practices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded the Trump administration’s Phase One agreement with China, highlighting in a Ways and Means Committee hearing the importance of holding China accountable for unfair trade practices such as intellectual property theft, agricultural trade barriers, and forced technology transfers.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that China has been predatory in its trade practices,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “President Trump promised, like others, that he’d be tough on China. Unlike others, President Trump has kept that promise. We couldn’t continue to let China play this game of making promises with one hand, while stealing American technology, jobs, blood, sweat, and tears with the other. It’s not a sustainable strategy for our economy, and with the Phase One deal, they’re not going to get away with it any longer.”

Video of Walorski’s comments at the hearing can be found here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Walorski Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

“President Trump delivered an optimistic message about our country’s future and renewed his commitment to preserving and strengthening the American Dream.

“Our economy is booming, with more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans and new opportunities for our farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses. I stand ready to work with the president to continue building on that momentum and ensure working families have every opportunity to thrive, including by expanding access to paid family leave.

“President Trump has been steadfast as commander-in-chief in the face of national security threats from terrorists and rogue regimes, and his leadership in rebuilding our military has made our country safer. I look forward to continuing our work together to strengthen our national security, support our servicemembers, and ensure our veterans get the care and services they earned.

“The president’s agenda is one that puts the American people first and keeps our country on the path to a better, stronger, and more prosperous future. It’s time for Congress to put divisiveness and partisanship aside so we can make this bold vision a reality.”

BACKGROUND

Republicans in Congress and President Trump have worked together to achieve key victories for the American people, including:

  • Setting the stage for the strongest economy and job market in decades through historic tax cuts for working families and small businesses;
  • Passing USMCA, a historic deal to modernize North American trade and level the
  • playing field for American workers, farmers, and manufacturers;
  • Continuing the rebuilding of our military and giving servicemembers their biggest pay raise in a decade;
  • Repealing Obamacare taxes that were driving up the cost of health care, including the job-killing medical device tax and the burdensome health insurance tax;
  • Overhauling the IRS to hold its leaders accountable, modernize its IT systems, and put service to taxpayers first; and
  • Providing states the resources and flexibility needed to transform the nation’s foster care systems and put families first.

Congresswoman Walorski is committed to continuing to work with President Trump to find commonsense solutions for Hoosiers, including:

  • Helping working families thrive by passing pro-worker, pro-family legislation to expand paid family leave benefits without raising taxes or imposing inflexible mandates;
  • Investing in our nation’s infrastructure through innovative, cost-effective financing mechanisms;
  • Lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs while expanding patient choice and supporting innovative research to find new cures;
  • Standing up for the sanctity of life and defending the unborn, including by passing the Dignity for Aborted Children Act; and
  • Ensuring our brave veterans get the care, benefits, and services they earned.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Launches Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus

Walorski Launches Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus

Bipartisan Caucus Will Focus on Increasing Presence of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week launched the first ever Women in STEM Caucus, alongside co-chairs Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), and Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.). The bipartisan House caucus was founded to increase the presence of women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. The caucus currently has 13 members from both sides of the aisle.

“STEM education is a driving force behind our nation’s 21st century economy, strengthening our workforce through hands-on learning, technical training, and real-world application of the skills required in cutting-edge jobs,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “That’s especially true in northern Indiana, a manufacturing hub that depends on innovation and skill to build made-in-America products. By expanding access and encouraging girls of all ages to explore STEM fields, we can create more jobs and opportunity in our communities and open doors for them to achieve their full potential. I’m excited to help launch the bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus and work with my colleagues to change the landscape of American innovation so all ships can rise.”

“I was one of 10 women in my engineering major,” Congresswoman Houlahan said. “30 years later, the numbers haven’t really changed. That’s why we launched the Women in STEM Caucus. For too long, the STEM community has felt inaccessible to women and underrepresented minorities. I’m proud to stand alongside my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to give STEM a much needed makeover. Our mission is clear: show women, girls, and underrepresented minorities that STEM is for everyone.”

“As a Member of the House Science Committee, and as someone who previously worked in a manufacturing research lab, I have seen and learned about the discrimination and institutional barriers for women in STEM fields,” Congresswoman Stevens said. “Women and girls everywhere need to know that they can succeed in the STEM fields, and that our country and our economy won’t succeed without them. That’s why I am so proud to serve as a co-chair of the new Congressional Women in STEM Caucus. I look forward to working with the other co-chairs to grow this bipartisan caucus into a powerful force for change, and to ensure that women are given equal opportunities to conduct research, innovate, and discover the next great technological breakthrough.”

“Arizona is home to the largest effort in the country by a university to support the entry and success of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” Congresswoman Lesko said. “As a representative of a state that is a leader in the cause to promote women in STEM, I am proud today to celebrate the establishment of the Congressional Women in STEM Caucus, and I am honored to serve as one of its co-chairs. It is important to encourage the success of women and girls in STEM fields and that is what I hope to do through my participation in this caucus.”

“I have seen firsthand how the strong partnership between universities and federal research agencies is essential to supporting women who are passionate about careers in STEM fields,” Melanie Kornides, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, said. “As a result, more women now than ever are entering STEM fields. We should be proud of that accomplishment, but also recognize now is the time to redouble our efforts. Today, we reaffirm that commitment by working with members of this caucus and others to foster the next generation of successful, innovative women researchers.”

“The sting of microaggressions, invisibility, hypervisibility, and presumptions of incompetence have created very dire conditions for STEM women faculty at US higher education institutions,” Dr. Kelly Mack, Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education; and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope Association of American Colleges and Universities, said. “These lived experiences demand that we have a women in stem caucus like this. But, it’s the commitment of the caucus to ensuring that the mistake of ignoring or excluding women of color from important policy work will not happen that makes me so proud to be a part of this work.”

“Today is a cause for celebration: These leaders are establishing the first-ever congressional caucus to support the next generation of women researchers,” Lauren Brookmeyer, President of the Science Coalition and Director of Government Relations at Stony Brook University, said. “These four lawmakers should be commended for their leadership and tireless advocacy on behalf of women researchers, America’s scientific enterprise, and the unique partnership between our universities and federal research agencies. Strengthening diversity in these research fields is essential to expanding our economy, spurring innovation, and maintaining our nation’s global competitiveness.”

BACKGROUND

The Women in STEM Caucus is a bipartisan group of members of Congress dedicated to advancing the important role women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields play in boosting our economy, conducting groundbreaking research that leads to life-changing innovations, and furthering our nation’s scientific enterprise.

Members in the caucus include Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Representatives Tim Ryan, Deb Haaland, Seth Moulton, Joe Cunningham, Paul Tonko, Troy Balderson, and Mikie Sherrill, Derek Kilmer, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski: Paid Family Leave Is Pro-Worker, Pro-Family

Walorski: Paid Family Leave Is Pro-Worker, Pro-Family

Renews Call for Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Paid Leave for Working Families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), the top Republican on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on Tuesday renewed her call for bipartisan policies to expand access to paid leave benefits for working families after the birth or adoption of a child.

“There is bipartisan agreement that paid family leave can play a key role in empowering new parents to raise strong, healthy families without putting their financial security at risk,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “As the lead Republican on the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee, I believe we can work together on bipartisan solutions to help working parents thrive both on the job and at home. Instead of raising taxes and imposing inflexible government mandates, let’s work together on a better path toward our shared goal of expanding access to paid family leave.”

Video of Congresswoman Walorski speaking in the Ways and Means Committee hearing is available here.

BACKGROUND

Ahead of the hearing on Tuesday, Walorski and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the top Republican on the committee, authored an op-ed in the Washington Examiner outlining their principles for a commonsense paid family leave policy that does not raise payroll taxes or impose government mandates that would hurt workers and small businesses.

Walorski in December took part in a bipartisan panel discussion on paid family leave at the White House’s Child Care and Paid Leave Summit. President Trump and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump have called on Congress to find innovative solutions to make paid leave and child care available to more families.

In 2017, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which doubled the child tax credit. Last year, 39 million American families benefited from the credit, receiving an average $2,200 per family. The historic tax reform law also created the Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit, which provides a credit to businesses that offer employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave for family or medical reasons.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski: Signing of USMCA Is a Promise Fulfilled

Walorski: Signing of USMCA Is a Promise Fulfilled

Historic Modernization of North American Trade Levels Playing Field for Hoosier Farmers, Manufacturers, and Workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after joining President Trump at the White House for the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law:

“President Trump promised to modernize North American trade and level the playing field for American farmers, manufacturers, and workers. Today he fulfilled that promise and delivered a major victory for the American people by signing USMCA into law.

“After tax cuts for working families and small businesses, regulatory relief for job creators, the Phase One deal with China, and now USMCA, hardworking Americans are seeing unprecedented opportunity and prosperity. I’m grateful to have worked alongside the president and his team to make sure this historic trade deal would benefit Hoosiers, create good jobs, and keep our economic momentum going.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of USMCA in December is available here.

USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a modernized, improved set of rules for trade with Canada and Mexico. The new agreement:

  • Includes a new chapter on digital trade that sets a global standard to ensure American innovators and e-commerce businesses can compete fairly;
  • Expands exports of agricultural commodities, including soybeans, corn, and pork;
  • Opens access to the Canadian market for American farmers to sell dairy, poultry, and eggs;
  • Streamlines customs procedures in order to reduce inefficiencies and get American products to market faster;
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by requiring Mexico to overhaul its labor system; and
  • Ensures the U.S. can hold Mexico and Canada accountable through strong enforcement mechanisms.

According to the nonpartisan International Trade Commission, USMCA will create:

  • More than $68 billion in new economic activity;
  • 176,000 new American jobs;
  • $34 billion in new auto plants; and
  • 76,000 new American automotive sector jobs.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on USMCA Heading to President’s Desk

Walorski Statement on USMCA Heading to President’s Desk

Hoosier Farmers, Manufacturers, and Workers Will Benefit from Historic Modernization of North American Trade

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), sending the deal to modernize North American trade to President Trump’s desk for his signature:

“With USMCA nearly across the finish line, American farmers, manufacturers, and workers are another step closer to a historic win. I was thrilled to cast my vote for USMCA last month, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally see it reach President Trump’s desk. This modernized trade agreement will further dismantle trade barriers for manufacturers and farmers, level the playing field for American workers, and keep our nation’s economic momentum going strong.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of USMCA in December is available here.

USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a modernized, improved set of rules for trade with Canada and Mexico. The new agreement:

  • Includes a new chapter on digital trade that sets a global standard to ensure American innovators and e-commerce businesses can compete fairly;
  • Expands exports of agricultural commodities, including soybeans, corn, and pork;
  • Opens access to the Canadian market for American farmers to sell dairy, poultry, and eggs;
  • Streamlines customs procedures in order to reduce inefficiencies and get American products to market faster;
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by requiring Mexico to overhaul its labor system; and
  • Ensures the U.S. can hold Mexico and Canada accountable through strong enforcement mechanisms.

According to the nonpartisan International Trade Commission, USMCA will create:

  • More than $68 billion in new economic activity;
  • 176,000 new American jobs;
  • $34 billion in new auto plants; and
  • 76,000 new American automotive sector jobs.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Applauds Signing of Phase One Agreement with China

Walorski Applauds Signing of Phase One Agreement with China

“The days of simply letting China get away with unfair trade practices are over.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the signing of the Phase One trade agreement between the U.S. and China:

“The days of simply letting China get away with unfair trade practices are over.

“This Phase One agreement will go a long way toward ending China’s most egregious abuses and providing relief to American manufacturers and farmers. With a strong agreement in place, the U.S. is now in the best possible position heading into the next phase of negotiations with China.

“I applaud President Trump for his leadership in leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers and keeping our nation’s economic momentum going.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on House Passage of USMCA

Walorski Statement on House Passage of USMCA

Modernization of North American Trade Will Benefit Hoosier Farmers, Manufacturers, and Workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a deal negotiated by President Trump to modernize North American trade:

“American farmers, manufacturers, and workers won a historic victory today with passage of USMCA. I’m thrilled to finally cast my vote for this modernized trade agreement, which will keep our economic momentum going, create good jobs, and drive more American-made exports.

“It will open Canada’s market for Hoosier farmers to sell dairy, eggs, and other ag products. It will dismantle trade barriers for our manufacturers and small businesses. And it will level the playing field for American workers.

“With historic tax cuts, regulatory reforms, USMCA, and the upcoming Phase One deal with China, President Trump is delivering on his promise to put our nation on a stronger path. I look forward to continuing our work together in the new year.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of USMCA earlier today is available here.

USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a modernized, improved set of rules for trade with Canada and Mexico. The new agreement:

  • Includes a new chapter on digital trade that sets a global standard to ensure American innovators and e-commerce businesses can compete fairly;
  • Expands exports of agricultural commodities, including soybeans, corn, and pork;
  • Opens access to the Canadian market for American farmers to sell dairy, poultry, and eggs;
  • Streamlines customs procedures in order to reduce inefficiencies and get American products to market faster;
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by requiring Mexico to overhaul its labor system; and
  • Ensures the U.S. can hold Mexico and Canada accountable through strong enforcement mechanisms.

According to the nonpartisan International Trade Commission, USMCA will create:

  • More than $68 billion in new economic activity;
  • 176,000 new American jobs;
  • $34 billion in new auto plants; and
  • 76,000 new American automotive sector jobs.

The House passed H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, by a bipartisan vote of 385 to 41. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Secures Permanent Repeal of Job-Killing Medical Device Tax

Walorski Secures Permanent Repeal of Job-Killing Medical Device Tax

Year-End Funding Agreement Also Boosts Defense Funding, Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise in a Decade, Repeals Other Costly Obamacare Taxes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded House passage of a year-end funding agreement that includes her bipartisan bill to permanently repeal the job-killing medical device tax. The legislative package also ends two other costly Obamacare taxes, boosts funding for our military, and gives servicemembers their biggest pay raise in a decade.

“After years of fighting Speaker Pelosi and special interests, today we’ve secured a major victory for Hoosier workers and patients across the country: permanent repeal of Obamacare’s job-killing medical device tax,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Ending this destructive tax once and for all will protect manufacturing jobs in northern Indiana, boost research and innovation of medical technologies, and ensure patients continue to have access to the cutting-edge products they need.

“We’re also repealing two other costly Obamacare taxes that threatened to raise the cost of health care – the health insurance tax and the Cadillac tax. We’re ensuring states have the resources they need to transform their foster care systems and put families first. And we’re providing certainty and tax relief to American farmers and small businesses by extending the biodiesel tax credit and the short line railroad tax credit.

“Finally, this bill puts America’s national security first by providing the resources needed to continue the rebuilding of our military. It supports our servicemembers, veterans, and their families by providing a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest in a decade – and fully funding the VA MISSION Act and Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. And it will help secure the border by providing $1.375 billion in new funding for the border wall and maintaining the president’s authority to transfer funds if necessary.

“While this legislation is not perfect – it is clearer than ever that both parties need to come together to implement long-term spending reforms in order to get our national debt under control – it will protect Hoosier jobs, keep our nation’s economic momentum going, and prioritize the safety and security of the American people. This is a win for Hoosier manufacturers, farmers, workers, and families.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski has long fought to repeal the medical device tax, which cost tens of thousands of jobs when it was in effect from 2013 to 2017, particularly in northern Indiana. Walorski’s legislation to fully and permanently repeal the tax – the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 2207) – had more than 250 bipartisan co-sponsors, but Speaker Pelosi and House Democratic leadership repeatedly blocked a vote on the House floor this year. The 2.3 percent excise tax on lifesaving medical devices was set to return January 1, 2020, if Congress did not act. Repeal of the medical device tax will protect good-paying manufacturing jobs, encourage medical research and innovation, and ensure patients continue to have access to the lifesaving products they need.

The year-end legislative package also repeals two other damaging Obamacare taxes: the health insurance tax and the “Cadillac tax,” both of which threatened to raise health care costs for millions of Americans by health insurance plans more expensive.

In addition to providing critical tax relief, the legislation provides federal funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2020, including several key priorities for Hoosiers:

  • Prioritizes national security and continues rebuilding of our military with a $22 billion increase in defense funding;
  • Supports servicemembers and military families, including by providing a 3.1 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest in a decade;
  • Supports the U.S.-Israel alliance by providing $500 million for Israeli Cooperative programs, including Iron Dome;
  • Provides full funding for the VA MISSION Act and Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act;
  • Provides $1.375 billion in new funding for the border wall and does not restrict the president’s authority to transfer additional funds;
  • Includes Walorski’s bipartisan Family First Transition Act to provide states with the tools and resources to transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home instead of placing them in foster care;
  • Advances efforts to combat opioid abuse through prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement by investing $518 million in grant programs;
  • Includes the SECURE Act to make it easier for small businesses to set up retirement plans for employees and help workers save more and earlier for retirement;
  • Includes the CREATES Act to promote competition to lower the cost of prescription drugs by ensuring affordable generic and biosimilar versions of medications can enter the market;
  • Includes $1.2 billion in disaster relief for farmers and ranchers affected by severe weather and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019;
  • Supports Hoosier soybean farmers and boosts clean energy innovation by extending the biodiesel tax credit;
  • Helps short line railroads keep rural Indiana connected to the national economy by extending the short line tax credit;
  • Maintains all pro-life protections; and
  • Retains long-standing Second Amendment protections.

The House passed H.R. 1158, which included defense and national security funding, by a vote of 297 to 120. The House passed H.R. 1865, which included repeal of Obamacare taxes, by a vote of 280 to 138. Both bills now head to the Senate.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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