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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

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South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

by Kevin Allen

Here’s a look at what Michiana’s members of Congress did during the past week.

Monday

• The Michiana Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America selected U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, to receive the 2016 Colonel Jack Stephens Citizenship Award in recognition of her service to active duty, reserve and veteran service members in the community.

Walorski, the daughter of an Air Force veteran, sits on the Armed Services Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She has devoted a significant amount of her time in Congress to issues such as providing veterans with better access to services and benefits, according to the association. She has co-sponsored legislation to improve cost-of-living adjustments for Veterans Affairs beneficiaries and require any public institution accepting GI Bill education benefits to offer in-state tuition rates to all veterans. She also has pressed the VA to reduce its service backlog.

Tuesday

• U.S. Rep Jackie Walorski R-Jimtown visited Plymouth to see nutrition programs up close and meet with those on the front lines of the fight against hunger.

At the Washington Discovery Academy, which is part of Plymouth Community School Corp. and where 65 percent of students receive free or reduced-price breakfast, Walorski learned about the school’s garden, toured classrooms and joined students for breakfast in the cafeteria. After the school tour, Walorski visited the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, a community organization whose food pantry serves more than 400 families each month.

“I’ve seen hunger up close, both overseas and here in Indiana’s 2nd District, and I am committed to fixing the way we fight poverty,” Walorski said. “As our work continues in Congress, it is critically important that I hear from those who know best what works and what doesn’t.”

Walorski has been working in Congress to study federal anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs. As chair of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, she has held more than a dozen hearings on the past, present and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. In June, she joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and several colleagues to unveil “A Better Way to Fight Poverty” — a set of policy ideas for improving the effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs.

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Walorski Visits Marshall County School, Community Center to Learn About Anti-Hunger Programs

Walorski Visits Marshall County School, Community Center to Learn About Anti-Hunger Programs

Joined Local Officials for Tour of Washington Discovery Academy, Marshall County Neighborhood Center

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) on Tuesday visited the Washington Discovery Academy and the Marshall County Neighborhood Center in Plymouth, Ind., to see nutrition programs up close and meet with those on the front lines of the fight against hunger.

“The people at Washington Discovery Academy and the Marshall County Neighborhood Foundation are doing incredible work to find innovative, effective ways to fight hunger and create greater opportunity in our communities,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’ve seen hunger up close, both overseas and here in Indiana’s 2nd District, and I am committed to fixing the way we fight poverty. As our work continues in Congress, it is critically important that I hear from those who know best what works and what doesn’t. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about the great work happening in the Marshall County community.”

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At the Washington Discovery Academy, which is part of Plymouth Community School Corporation and where 65 percent of students receive free or reduced price breakfast, Walorski learned about the school’s garden, toured classrooms, and joined students for breakfast in the cafeteria. Washington Discovery Academy teaches students about nutrition and connects them with food sources through its school garden. Produce from the garden has been donated to the Marshall County Neighborhood Center.

After the school tour, Walorski visited the Marshall County Neighborhood Center, a community organization whose food pantry serves more than 400 families each month. Through the food pantry and other resources, the center’s staff and volunteers assist local individuals and families facing poverty. Walorski toured the facility and met with volunteers and staff.

Walorski was joined by Linda Yoder, executive director of the Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF); Angela Rupchock-Schafer, chief development and communications officer of MCCF; Mark Senter, mayor of Plymouth; and various school officials and community volunteers.

Walorski has been working in Congress to examine and reform federal anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs. As chair of the House Agriculture Nutrition Subcommittee, she has held more than a dozen hearings on the past, present, and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. In June, she joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and several colleagues to unveil “A Better Way to Fight Poverty,” a set of policy ideas for improving the effectiveness of federal anti-poverty programs.

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

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In the News: South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

SBT

South Bend Tribune: Legislative Recap

by Kevin Allen

Here’s a look at what Michiana’s members of Congress did during the past week.

… U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Jimtown, joined manufacturers for a round-table discussion hosted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association at Lexington Engineering Center in Elkhart.

The discussion was titled “Indiana Manufactures Outdoor Recreation for America.”

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer said RV shipments are up more than 125 percent since the market bottomed out in 2009 during the Great Recession. Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District — which Walorski represents — is home to 157 RV-related businesses that employ more than 14,200 people and generate $4.6 billion in annual economic impact, according to the RVIA.

“As a longtime friend and advocate of the RV industry, Congresswoman Walorski has a deep appreciation for the outdoor recreation industry, the important role it plays in the larger national economy and how it has helped drive an economic rejuvenation in Elkhart,” Hugelmeyer said.

Recreational boating supports 1,700 jobs across 76 businesses and contributes $321 million to the economy each year in Indiana’s 2nd District, according to the NMMA.

“Champions like Congresswoman Walorski, who recognize the importance of domestic manufacturing, help to ensure that businesses have the ability to invest in local communities like Elkhart, provide thousands of jobs, boost the economy and produce innovative products in outdoor recreation for all Americans to enjoy,” NMMA President Thom Dammrich said in a press release.

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Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty

Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty

Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee Has Studied Hunger Assistance Reforms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today was honored by the Congressional Hunger Center for her work to fight hunger and poverty. As chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Walorski has held more than a dozen hearings over 18 months examining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its role in anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts.

“I want to thank the Congressional Hunger Center as well as Congressman Jim McGovern, my Ranking Member on the Nutrition Subcommittee, for all their work on these critical issues,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The goal of replacing poverty and hunger with prosperity and opportunity is a bipartisan one, and I hope our cooperation and collaboration lays the groundwork for real improvements to how we help Americans build a bridge out of poverty.”

Walorski was one of seven honorees at the 2016 Hunger Leadership Awards. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, presented Walorski with the award. Other honorees included U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (KS) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), and chef and restaurateur Jose Andres. The Congressional Hunger Center is a nonprofit organization that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers.

Walorski has held numerous hearings of the Nutrition Subcommittee to study the past, present, and future of SNAP and reviewing the unique challenges facing children, seniors, veterans, and active duty military families trying to get back on their feet and break free from the cycle of poverty and hunger. Among the issues studied were the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise – and the way the more than 80 anti-poverty programs work with each other.

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

Walorski Votes to Prevent Higher Energy Prices for Hoosier Families and Businesses

Walorski Votes to Prevent Higher Energy Prices for Hoosier Families and Businesses

House Passes Measures Opposing New Energy Taxes, Giving States Flexibility to Implement Ozone Standards

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted to oppose higher taxes on energy that would raise costs for Hoosier families and businesses. The House passed H.Con.Res. 89, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would harm the U.S. economy, and H.Con.Res. 112, expressing opposition to the president’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil. Earlier this week, the House also passed H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, to give states greater flexibility in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stringent new ozone and other air quality standards.

“Hoosier families and businesses already pay enough for gas and electricity. They don’t need higher energy taxes or burdensome regulations squeezing them even more,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These measures will protect Hoosier families by sending a clear message to the administration that we won’t stand for new energy taxes, and will support Hoosier manufacturers by creating a more realistic timeline for complying with ozone regulations.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, would allow states to comply with the EPA’s ozone standards in a more practical and cost-effective manner. The bill, which passed by a vote of 234 to 177, would phase in the implementation of two ozone standards and extend the review cycle of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from five years to 10 years.

H.Con.Res. 89 expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. Such a tax would raise the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil, as well as increase other costs for both families and businesses, particularly in the manufacturing industry. The resolution, which passed by a vote of 237 to 163, calls for U.S. energy policy to instead encourage private sector energy innovation.

H.Con.Res. 112 expresses the sense of Congress opposing the $10.25 per barrel tax on oil proposed in the president’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. The tax would raise the price of gas by 25 cents per gallon, increasing the economic burden on American families and businesses. The resolution passed by a vote of 253 to 144.

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

Walorski Helps Unveil Anti-Poverty Policy Agenda

Walorski Helps Unveil Anti-Poverty Policy Agenda

Joins Speaker Ryan, Colleagues to Announce a Better Way to Fight Poverty; Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee Has Studied Hunger Assistance Reforms

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) and several of their colleagues to unveil a set of policy proposals aimed at reforming anti-poverty programs and expanding opportunity. They visited House of Help City of Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where they met with its founder Bishop Shirley Holloway and announced the anti-poverty policy initiative, “A Better Way to Fight Poverty.”

“It was an honor to join Speaker Ryan and my colleagues to visit Bishop Holloway and see firsthand the difference people like her make in this country,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We talk a lot about breaking the cycle of poverty, and this policy agenda is a way to put those words into action. I’ve heard from too many Hoosiers who are trapped by a flawed welfare system. A new job or a promotion should bring opportunity and hope, not fear and anxiety. It’s time to build a bridge out of poverty so everyone, no matter where they start, has a chance to reach the American Dream.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski chairs the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee and has held more than a dozen hearings over the last 18 months examining the past, present, and future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Among the issues studied was the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise. The Better Way agenda aims to ensure incentives in anti-poverty programs lead to an off-ramp from welfare, not a cliff, ensuring an easier transition into work.

The full policy report is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture. She chairs the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition.

Walorski Jobs Fair Draws More Than 250 Hoosiers, 60 Employers

Walorski Jobs Fair Draws More Than 250 Hoosiers, 60 Employers

Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair at Bethel College in Mishawaka Featured Over 1,100 Available Jobs

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today hosted a jobs fair that drew more than 250 Hoosiers seeking 1,100 available jobs with 60 employers. The Veterans Jobs and Resource Fair, which was held at Bethel College, also featured 10 veterans service organizations.

“The opportunity to bring hardworking Hoosiers and growing businesses together and help connect workers with new job opportunities is why we hold this jobs fair each year,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I want to thank the more than 60 employers and 250 job seekers who came out today to make the 2nd District’s economy even stronger.”

Photos from the jobs fair are available at Walorski’s Facebook page.

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

Walorski Announces Jobs Fair on June 2nd

Walorski Announces Jobs Fair on June 2nd

Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair at Bethel College in Mishawaka Will Feature More than 60 Employers with 1,100 Jobs Available

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced she will host a Jobs and Veterans Resource Fair featuring more than 60 employers with 1,100 jobs available and 10 veterans service organizations on Thursday, June 2nd, at Bethel College in Mishawaka.

“Hoosiers are the hardest-working people in the country, and this is a great chance to connect them with new job opportunities,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m looking forward to bringing so many local employers and job-seekers together, and I encourage everyone to spread the word to their friends and family.”

The jobs fair will be free and open to the public. Additional information can be found below or at https://walorski.house.gov/jobsfair.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE:

Wiekamp Athletic Center
Bethel College
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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

Walorski Statement on Indiana Global Business Center Announcement from Planned Dow, Dupont Merger

MISHAWAKA, IND. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after news that DowDupont will located its Global Business Center in Indiana:

“Indiana’s agriculture industry continues to lead the nation in innovation and ingenuity,” Walorski said. “With a Global Business Center in Indiana, it will only further our progress and development of Hoosier farmers as they continue to make advancements in our industry in partnership with DowDupont.”

Yesterday, DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced the U.S. site structure for the global agriculture leader the companies intend to create following the planned separation of DowDupont into three independent, publicly traded companies. The corporate headquarters for the Agriculture company will be located in Wilmington, Delaware, and will include the office of the CEO and key corporate support functions. Sites in Indianapolis and Johnston, Iowa, will also serve as Global Business Centers, with leadership of business lines, business support functions, R&D, global supply chain, and sales and marketing capabilities concentrated in the two Midwest locations.

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 Votes to Support Easing Nutrition Labeling for Restaurants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, today issued the following statement after supporting legislation to ease nutrition labeling requirements for restaurants and stores originally imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The menu labeling regulations released by the FDA are impractical and unnecessarily expensive,” Walorski said. “Forcing our hardworking businesses to spend money and countless hours adhering to the complicated rules is the biggest misuse of their time. Instead, they should be focused on creating jobs and strengthening our economy – not on paperwork. This commonsense legislation will simplify the overcomplicated rules mandated by yet another federal government agency that has run amok.”

H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, would limit FDA regulations requiring restaurants with twenty or more locations to display calorie counts and nutrition information. It would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue new rules to allow a food establishment to post nutritional information exclusively on its website if the majority of its orders are placed online, and aims to protect establishments from being sued for human error.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 266-144 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

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.

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