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Walorski Introduces Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014

Walorski Introduces Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), co-founder of the Congressional Recreational Vehicle Caucus, issued the follow statement after the recent introduction of H.R. 5658, The Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014 with Rep. Marlin Stutzman.

“The Recreational Vehicle (RV) industry currently faces a regulatory nightmare and in the RV Capital of the World – Elkhart County, this issue could have a substantial negative impact. RV manufacturers currently lack clarity on interpretation of RV classes, forcing them to rely on bureaucratic interpretation,” Walorski said. “Since 2008, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has been working with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to clarify the definition of RVs and make it crystal clear what an RV is and is not. Since HUD has still not provided this clarity, the industry has continued operating as it always had, until a memo released last month created more confusion about the definition of an RV. Now, the legislation I have co-sponsored with Rep. Stutzman will give Congress an opportunity to once and for all clarify the distinction between RVs and manufactured housing, helping our RV industry in Indiana continue to thrive and succeed.”

“For nearly a decade, HUD and Congress have failed to clearly define policy for RVS,” Stutzman said. “The legislation I introduced with Congresswoman Walorski ends the confusion for RV manufacturers, consumers, and lenders, by simplifying and establishing one clear standard in the law for RVs. Indiana’s robust RV industry should not have to fear that Washington bureaucrats will suddenly change the rules on them. The certainty provided by our bill will protect important American businesses and thousands of Hoosier jobs.”

Background on H.R. 5658 The Recreational Vehicle Certainty Act of 2014

  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has the authority to strictly regulate the construction of manufactured homes, formerly known as mobile homes.
  • Importantly, Recreational Vehicles (RVs), are built by and follow their own successful industry standards.
  • This legislation officially codifies 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.
  • Recreational Vehicles are an estimated $10 billion industry for the country with approximately 80 percent of RVs being manufactured in State of Indiana.

Last June, Walorski and Rep. Dennis Ross created the House RV caucus to educate members of Congress on issues that impact the RV industry and highlight the importance of this American tradition for the tourism industry and the economy.

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.

Walorski Attends Ribbon Cutting for Press Ganey

Release: Walorski Attends Ribbon Cutting for Press Ganey

South Bend, IN – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Press Ganey facility in South Bend.

Press Ganey, a medical company that works with more than 11,000 hospitals, medical practices and other health care provides, unveiled their newly renovated building in South Bend. The redesigned space will help the company support health care organizations around the world with medical surveys.

Walorski highlighted the outstanding work the company does on behalf of the medical industry and the jobs and investments they have brought to northern Indiana. “For more than 25 years, it has been Press Ganey’s mission to support the pursuit of high-quality, efficient care. The reason they have become so successful is because they foster a caring and innovative work environment that rewards passion and ingenuity. They’re known by many in the medical field for constantly delivering fresh thinking and sound insight to solve the challenges that many of us as patients face every day. With this newly, renovated space they will be unstoppable in helping further create innovative solutions and services designed to propel health care organizations forward.”

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.

Walorski Statement on Notre Dame Announcement

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) made the following statement after the announcement that Notre Dame plans to open a jet engine research facility:

“Today’s announcement is just another example of how Indiana continues to lead the country in attracting investments to bring high-quality, high-paying jobs to the Hoosier workforce. Talented engineers will research with the best and brightest to develop cutting edge equipment for our aviation industry right here in South Bend. Our effectiveness as a global leader with a competitive workforce is directly linked to providing jobs with in-demand skills. Congratulation to Notre Dame for providing an opportunity for Indiana, and the country, to continue to lead the world in our global economy.”

Last Friday, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Indiana’s job growth numbers are some of the best in the country, including one of the lowest declines in unemployment and a surge in manufacturing and private sector job growth.

Walorski Announces Job Fair Friday, June 6th

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) is hosting a job fair this week featuring over 50 businesses and organizations, and offer over 600 jobs. The event will be held this Friday at Bethel College, located at the Wekamp Athletic Center in Mishawaka.

The event will feature a veteran’s job fair in the morning and the general public is encouraged to attend the afternoon session.

“It’s important to do everything we can to connect job-seekers with potential job opportunities,” Walorski said. “I encourage everyone to spread the word about this week’s event to their friends and family. I’m really looking forward to so many local employers being in one place and offering hundreds of positions to both veterans and the public.”

For further information about the jobs fair, please visit https://walorski.house.gov/JobsFair

What: Job fair hosted by Rep. Jackie Walorski

Who: Over 50 local employers

When: Friday, June 6

  • Morning Session: Veterans Jobs Fair: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Afternoon Session: General Public Job Fair: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*Note: Walorski will greet employers and job seekers at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Where: Bethel College, Wekamp Athletic Center, Gates Gymnasium, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Walorski Announces Staff Office Hours

MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced that a member of her staff will be holding office hours the next two weeks in cities across her district to assist constituents with casework and official business.

Residents who cannot attend the listed office hours are encouraged to contact Brian Spaulding at (574) 780-1330 to schedule an appointment.

For more information on Congresswoman Walorski and available Congressional services and resources, please visit: https://walorski.house.gov/services/additional-services-and-resources.

Wednesday, May 28

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Syracuse Town Hall
Small Board Room
310 N. Huntington St.
Syracuse, Indiana 46567

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Plymouth City Hall
Common Council Chambers
124 N. Michigan St. (Enter through the Garro St. entrance)
Plymouth, Indiana 46563

Friday, May 30

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wabash City Hall, Chamber of Commerce
Small Conference Room, 2nd floor
202 S. Wabash St.
Wabash, Indiana 46992

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Peru City Hall
Board of Works Room, 2nd Floor
35 S. Broadway
Peru, Indiana 46970

Walorski Statement on South Bend Airport Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the South Bend Regional Airport announced today plans to add international flights to their facility and become South Bend International.

“Becoming an international airport is no small feat. With an estimated economic impact of $100 million dollars by delivering an additional 30,000 to 40,000 international travelers annually, this expansion is one more example that demonstrates the City of South Bend is becoming an economic driver of Northern Indiana,” Walorski said. “Offering international flights right here in our community will provide economic benefits that currently aren’t possible. Corporations and international travelers will soon have the option to choose South Bend International as their first stop when entering the United States. The economic impact this will bring to the tourism, hospitality and aviation industries will be immense. Not to mention, we now have another tool in our toolbox to promote South Bend as one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family.”

Walorski joined South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, Mishawaka Mayor David Wood, St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners President Andrew Kostielney, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President Thomas Botkin, and St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Rea for the announcement. The $3 million project is expected to build two new facilities and attract between 30,000 to 40,000 international travelers per year. According to the Aviation Authority of Indiana, South Bend Regional airport’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities in 2012 was in excess of $1.7 billion.

WALORSKI APPLAUDS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement after the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015 was passed by the House Budget Committee today:

“As a member of the House Budget Committee, I want to thank my colleagues for their hard work in creating a budget that will balance in 10 years, spur economic growth, and promote job creation. Hoosiers understand that a budget that balances creates jobs.

“This budget protects seniors and low-income Americans by ensuring that Medicare and safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be viable in the future, protecting these programs for the Americans who depend upon them.

“Washington cannot continue to spend money America doesn’t have,” said Walorski. “With over $17 trillion in national debt, this budget is a commonsense plan that curbs outrageous spending, promotes economic growth, creates jobs for Hoosiers, increases funding for our veterans, and supports a strong national defense.”

WALORSKI APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF ELECTRICITY SECURITY AND AFFORDABILITY ACT

U.S. House passes bill to set achievable standards for coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today released the following statement regarding House passage of the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826), a bipartisan bill that she co-sponsored:

“Today, the House passed a commonsense bill to help control soaring energy prices that are hurting Hoosier families and businesses. This bill reins in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and establishes achievable standards for coal-fired power plants while protecting the environment. Under the EPA’s proposed rule for new power plants, emissions standards are so strict that the creation of new coal-fired power plants is effectively prohibited. Such a prohibition comes at the expense of hardworking Hoosiers who will be unfairly forced to pay significantly higher energy bills—dealing a devastating blow to our utilities, businesses, and manufacturing sector. I urge the Senate to join the House and pass this sensible, fair measure to set achievable pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, which will protect hardworking Americans from unnecessary utility rate increases.”

Coal provides more than 80 percent of Indiana’s electricity. In December, Purdue University released a report predicting that Indiana energy prices will rise 32 percent by 2023 due in part to the EPA’s proposed regulations. This increase could have a devastating impact on economic growth and job creation, particularly for highly energy-intensive industries like manufacturing, which is Indiana’s largest industry.

WALORSKI SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE PLAN TO LOWER ENERGY COSTS, PROMOTE JOB CREATION

Congresswoman co-sponsors the Electricity Security and Affordability Act to set achievable energy standards for coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski announced her support for the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826), a bipartisan bill she co-sponsored to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set achievable standards for coal-fired power plants and support energy independence.

“In the heart of winter, Hoosiers remain concerned with costly utility bills,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “The proposed EPA regulations are bound to increase energy costs and stifle economic growth, making it harder to run our households and businesses. This bill provides a commonsense alternative that would allow us to be good stewards of the environment, support job creation, and ensure power plants can safely achieve their full potential.”

The Energy Security and Affordability Act was introduced in response to sweeping EPA regulations that could effectively prohibit the creation of new coal-fired power plants by setting impractical carbon capture and storage standards for greenhouse gas emissions H.R. 3826 offers a reasonable alternative to the EPA’s overreaching regulations, requiring that any greenhouse gas standards set by the EPA for new coal-fired plants can also be achieved by existing commercial power plants. The bill prohibits the EPA from enacting any rules for existing power plants unless Congress passes an enactment date into law.

In the Hoosier state, coal currently provides more than 80 percent of electricity for utilities, businesses, and manufacturing. Purdue University released a report in December stating that Indiana energy prices are expected to rise 32 percent by 2023 due in part to proposed EPA regulations. This increase could have a devastating impact on economic growth and job creation, particularly for highly energy-intensive industries like manufacturing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Elkhart County was recently ranked first in the nation in job growth due in part to the addition of over 5,000 new manufacturing jobs.

Walorski has co-sponsored numerous bills to lower energy prices and increase job creation in pursuit of safe, affordable energy independence—including the GAS Act and approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Congresswoman Walorski also plans to send a bipartisan letter to the EPA requesting a comment period extension for the EPA’s proposed rule on new power plants to allow all stakeholders adequate time to share their views and concerns.

The Electricity Security and Affordability Act continues to be marked up today in the Energy and Power Subcommittee. Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) formally introduced this bipartisan, bicameral legislation last Thursday.

WALORSKI STATEMENT ON BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013:

“Hoosiers sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget, and they expect Washington to do the same. Today, the House took a step in the right direction by passing a budget plan with bipartisan support. This deal is not perfect, but it serves as a building block for deficit reduction and long term reforms—without raising taxes.

“Approval of this plan will provide much-needed certainty for the business community and improve economic outlook. Without a doubt, there is still much work to be done to balance the budget, reduce government spending, and address tax reform. Moving forward, I will continue reaching across the aisle to get our fiscal house in order to ensure a brighter future for the next generation.

“In a divided government, working together is a necessity, not an option. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this deal to prove that Congress can work together for the sake of the American people.”

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