Issue: Economy and Jobs

Walorski: HUD Rule is a Big Win for the RV Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Jackie Walorski, co-founder of the Congressional Recreational Vehicle Caucus, released the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier today released their proposed rule for Recreational Vehicles (RVs) that exempts RVs from being incorrectly classified as a manufactured home, an issue Walorski has worked on since being elected to Congress.

“For almost a decade, the RV industry has waited for HUD to provide clear rules and guidelines that define Recreational Vehicles. Today, that wait is over. RV businesses and manufacturers in my district – home to the RV Capital of the World – now have protections from burdensome regulations. For the first time, this important industry will have the certainty needed to keep making quality RVs for the world, enabling our RV industry in Indiana continue to thrive and succeed.”

Currently, RV manufacturers lack clarity on the definition of RV classes, forcing them to rely on bureaucratic interpretation. Today’s proposed rule explains the classification of RVs once and for all, and clarifies the important distinction between RVs and manufactured homes.

In 2014, Walorski introduced the Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014 to codify a single, simple definition of RVs to ensure that they clearly and consistently remain distinct products from manufactured homes and are not unnecessarily subject to federal regulation by HUD.

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 Protect Hoosier Farmers, Taxpayers from Burdensome Government Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after the House voted to disapprove of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule by passing a bill that would nullify the rule:

“President Obama continues to ignore the will of hardworking Hoosiers by expanding government regulation over ponds, ditches, and streams across Indiana. This rule will have serious consequences for our economy, threaten jobs, and significantly restrict the ability of Hoosiers to make decisions about their property. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that farmers, manufacturers, and others aren’t jeopardized by an overzealous bureaucracy and champion common sense legislation that protects Americans from excessive EPA regulations.”

S. J. Res. 22, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.” The resolution passed the House by a vote of 253-166 and now heads to the president’s desk.

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.

Last year, Walorski supported the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which required the EPA to withdraw the rule and mandated the EPA work with local entities to develop a new set of fair standards.

Walorski Applauds Regional Cities of Northern Indiana for Receiving $42 million in Funding from Indiana Regional Cities Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after the announcement earlier today that the Regional Cities of Northern Indiana, an alliance representing 22 cities and towns and more than a half a million people in Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, will receive up to $42 million in state matching funds to support regional development plans in North Central Indiana:

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to the leaders from Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph counties who worked tirelessly to show the rest of Indiana their vision for our region’s future,” Walorski said. “Now, community officials and local businesses can work together to promote partnerships and provide future generations with high-performing communities. Congrats again on a job well done.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation Board of Trustees on Tuesday selected three regions – northeast, north central and southwest – to receive the $42 million each in Regional Cities funding.

The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative sets a framework for neighboring communities across the state to work together to develop regional visions that are supported by compelling strategic plans focused on quality of place. The initiative will help each region develop a positive and unique national brand to advance the goal of becoming a destination for talent.

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 Strengthen Hoosier Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 644, the Conference Report to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which will help foster economic competitiveness and protect American jobs enhancing protections against unfair foreign competition, reducing barriers to legitimate trade, making our exports more competitive, and facilitating small business competition in the global marketplace:

“Manufacturing is the backbone of the Hoosier economy and nearly a quarter of jobs in my district are manufacturing jobs – the second-highest rate in the nation. This legislation will make our manufacturers more competitive by providing new tools to tackle evasion of U.S. trade remedies and intellectual property theft. I look forward to working to find new, innovative ways for our Indiana businesses and manufacturers to thrive and create more Hoosier jobs.”

Earlier today, Walorski spoke on the floor in support of the legislation. Click here to watch her remarks. H.R. 644 passed the House by a vote of 256-158 and now heads to the president 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.

Walorski Authors Legislation to Stabilize Gas Prices

BP Refinery Shutdown in July spiked gas prices across Northern Indiana

WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to last month’s BP refinery in northern Indiana unexpectedly shutting down and raising gas prices by as much one dollar in the region, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced legislation to expand the EPA’s waiver authority to allow retailers to buy and sell any fuel blends on the market during a supply disruption, which would reduce price spikes and protect consumers.

“It’s unfair for hardworking families to constantly worry about unpredictable spikes each time they pull into the gas station,” Walorski said. “While we can’t prevent natural disasters or unforeseen disruptions like the emergency maintenance at Whiting, we can try and do everything in our power to mitigate the ripple effects to consumers by waiving fuel mandates to stabilize gas prices.”

H.R.2823 Gas Accessibility and Stabilization Act would help stabilize gas prices during periods of supply disruptions in the market by expanding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to waive fuel mandates. Currently, the EPA requires different blends of gasoline to be sold in different parts of the country, which can complicate the supply chain and drive up prices when fuel is in short supply–which is exactly what happened in Indiana this summer.

Last month, the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, the largest in the Midwest and seventh-largest in the country, shut down the largest of its three crude distillation units, causing gas prices to rise by as much as one dollar in a matter of days across the region.

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 Joins AM General, Mercedes-Benz for R-Class Vehicle Rollout Ceremony

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – Today Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined AM General and Mercedes-Benz executives during a historic event where the manufacturer rolled its first Mercedes-Benz R-Class off the line at its state-of-the-art commercial vehicle assembly plant in Mishawaka.

I want to congratulate both AM General and Mercedes-Benz on the rollout of the R-Class vehicle at this extraordinary assembly plant,” Walorski said. “As I hear the sounds from the vehicle production line, I know that means innovation and good-paying jobs for Hoosiers. This partnership is not only important to our community, but also to AM General’s expanding global presence. Now, skilled workers from Michiana will help produce and deliver exceptional vehicles for use around the world.”

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz selected AM General to produce the R-Class luxury vehicle at AM General’s world-class 675,000 square-foot Commercial Assembly Plant, which is expected to create more than 200 jobs at AM General.

AM General’s Commercial Assembly Plant is a full service manufacturing and support facility that utilizes state-of-the-art robotic welding, painting and assembly techniques coupled with a lean manufacturing culture and highly skilled workforce to meet the requirements of its customers.

Walorski Votes to Permanently Extend Research & Development Tax Credit Provides Innovation to Build a 21st Century Economy

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) yesterday supported legislation to strengthen manufacturing and promote Hoosier investment. H.R.880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act, permanently extends and strengthens the expired research and development tax credit, while allowing small businesses to claim the credit. The bill passed the House by a vote of 274-145.

“Hoosier businesses are suffering from a complex tax code. Short-term tax policies have left Hoosier business owners constantly guessing if a group of policies are going to be around next year and hurts their ability to plan for the future and expand their business,” Walorski said. “Permanently extending the research and development tax credit will open the door for economic growth and give businesses the stability and certainty they need and support well-paying Hoosier jobs.”

Under the legislation, a simplified research credit would be made permanent. The research credit would equal:

  • 20 percent of the qualified research expenses for the tax year that exceed 50 percent of the average qualified research expenses for the three tax years preceding the tax year, plus
  • 20 percent of the basic research payments for the tax year that exceed 50 percent of the average basic research payments for the three tax years preceding the tax year, plus
  • 20 percent of all expenses (without regard to a base amount) paid to an energy-research consortium for research conducted for the taxpayer.
  • The traditional 20 percent credit that was calculated using a base period would be repealed.
  • In addition, eligible small businesses ($50 million or less in gross receipts) would be able to claim the credit against AMT liability.

The bill 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.

Walorski Begins 114th Congress Supporting Bipartisan Job Creation Bills

Voted to Create Jobs, Protect Veterans & Strengthen American Energy

WASHINGTON D.C. – As the first week of the 114th Congress concluded, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) supported several initiatives this week aimed to help businesses hire more workers, create jobs for veterans and promote the expansion of American energy production.

“The American people sent a clear message in November; they want Congress to solve the problems they face. This week proved that we are working to help create an environment ripe with jobs and give businesses every opportunity to hire more workers,” Walorski said.

Measures passed in the House this week included:

  • On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill that will make it easier for veterans to find good-paying, high-quality jobs by exempting those covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or TRICARE from Obamacare’s employer mandate. Walorski spoke on the floor in support of the measure.
  • On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 30, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act of 2015, a bill that would restore the traditional 40-hour work week, and give employers the flexibility to reward hard-working employees with more hours and the ability to earn more income. Walorski spoke on the floor in support of the measure.
  • On Friday, the House passed H.R. 3, the Keystone Pipeline Act, a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“We still have a lot of work to do but helping our veterans find good-paying jobs, ensuring our businesses don’t face costly and burdensome regulations from Obamacare and strengthening our nation’s energy is a great first step in the right direction.”

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 Supports Financial Security & Independence for Disabled Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) supported helping individuals with disabilities by voting for H.R. 647, the ‘Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act’. The bill, which Walorski co-sponsored, allows families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities to allow them to be economically self-sufficient when they enter adulthood.

“Many American families currently enjoy tax incentives to save for future expenses including college, retirement, and other life events,” said Walorski. “Sadly, our tax code does not provide the same options to people with disabilities, leaving them with few choices to save for their future.”

The legislation is intended to ease the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by amending Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill does not replace, rather supplements the benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, the supplemental social security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

“This bill is about so much more than just a savings account,” Walorski said. “Finally, we can level the playing field for everyone, especially for the millions of Americans with autism and other disorders who want the ability to one day live on their own, receive an education and find a job.”

H.R. 647 passed the House by a vote of 404-17 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

Walorski Supports Legislation to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 5682:

“My House colleagues and I overwhelmingly supported a plan to create 9,000 shovel-ready jobs for hardworking Americans. Not only will this project contribute $3 billion toward the US economy, but it will also strengthen our energy security. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action in passing this legislation that will give Americans access to a safe, stable supply of oil from an important trading partner.”

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 Budget Committee.

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