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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

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

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

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

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.”

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

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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Walorski Takes Part in White House Summit on Paid Family Leave

Walorski Takes Part in White House Summit on Paid Family Leave

Joins Bipartisan Panel to Discuss Commonsense Solutions for Working Families

Walorski Takes Part in White House Summit on Paid Family Leave

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today took part in a bipartisan panel discussion on paid family leave at the White House Child Care and Paid Leave Summit. As the top Republican on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, Walorski is working to find commonsense solutions to expand access to child care and paid leave for new parents.

“There is bipartisan agreement that paid family leave has tremendous benefits for workers and families, as well as for our nation’s economy and workforce as a whole,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “We need to work together to find solutions that build on what many employers are already offering to help working families thrive. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and President Trump to help American workers raise strong, healthy families.”

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Video of the bipartisan panel discussion at the White House is available 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 Final USMCA Agreement

Walorski Statement on Final USMCA Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the final U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“This is a huge victory for our country’s workers, small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers. USMCA will drive economic growth and boost job creation by expanding markets for made-in-America products and Hoosier ag exports.

“I’m grateful to have had a seat at the table working with President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer to move USMCA forward in a way that benefits Hoosiers. With this final agreement to modernize North American trade, the president is delivering on his promise to level the playing field for American workers and farmers and to keep our economic momentum going.

“Now it’s time for Congress to vote without further delay. I look forward to casting my vote for USMCA soon.”

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Congresswoman Walorski and other members of the House Republican USMCA Whip Team receive a briefing Tuesday from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the final agreement.

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

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Walorski, Davis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems

Walorski, Davis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems

Worker & Family Support Subcommittee Chairman & Ranking Member Discuss Child Welfare, Workforce Development Issues in Indiana’s 2nd District

Walorski, Davis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Transformation of Child Welfare Systems

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Jackie Walorski, on Tuesday joined subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to support the transformation of state child welfare systems across the country. They announced the Family First Transition Act as Walorski hosted Davis in northern Indiana for discussions on child welfare and workforce development issues.

Walorski and Davis agreed earlier this year to visit each other’s districts in order to advance their work together to help American workers and families thrive through innovative and evidence-based policies, including implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, which was signed into law in February 2018. In August, Walorski joined Davis in his Chicago district to visit several local organizations focused on helping vulnerable families and ending poverty. This week, Walorski hosted Davis in Indiana, where they:

  • Heard from Indiana Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon and child welfare advocates at Oaklawn in Mishawaka about Indiana’s efforts to implement Family First and improve services for children and families;
  • Learned about the partnership between the Horizon Education Alliance and Kem Krest in Elkhart, including the importance of apprenticeships to training the next generation of workers; and
  • Visited the Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame for an update on their innovative research into evidence-based solutions to fight poverty.

“The bipartisan Family First law will transform the child welfare system into one that prioritizes the needs of children and families so fewer kids need to enter foster care,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The next step is the Family First Transition Act, which will give states the time and resources they need to implement evidence-based solutions that help at-risk children and keep families together. I’m grateful that Chairman Davis and I have further strengthened our partnership with visits to each other’s communities, and I look forward to continuing our work together to help families thrive.”

“The new Family First Prevention Services Act has the potential to transform lives by reaching out to address the reasons families are struggling and strengthen them, rather than separating them,” Congressman Davis said. “The Family First Transition Act will make sure states, including my home state of Illinois, are fully able to do this hard but important work. I am delighted to work closely with Ranking Member Walorski to understand the successes and challenges within our communities to inform our policies.  I also am pleased to continue working with our bipartisan, bicameral partners and our leadership to advance this bill and make Family First a success for families in my congressional district and across the nation.”

“The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) allows us to wrap our arms around our families in crisis, embracing them before there is a reason to remove a child from the home. That’s unprecedented, and we’re eager to see this law in action,” said Terry Stigdon, MSN, RN, Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. “As child welfare professionals, we know the trauma that is caused to a child who must be removed from their home. FFPSA places emphasis on preventing that trauma, while ensuring connections to extended family whenever possible – and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

BACKGROUND

Ranking Member Walorski and Chairman Davis, along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Family First Transition Act to help states transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home, instead of placing them in foster care. The legislation would provide states with the tools to successfully implement the Family First law.

Family First, which will help keep more children safely with their families and out of foster care, supports states in providing evidence-based services to prevent children from entering foster care, encourages states to place children with foster families instead of in group homes and reduces bureaucracy for – and provides help to – relatives so more children can live with extended family if they must be removed from their homes.

The Family First Transition Act (H.R. 4980) will build on the existing law by:

  • Providing insurance to states with child welfare demonstration projects that ended on October 1, 2019, guaranteeing they will not face a large financial shortfall as they transition to the new law;
  • Providing one-time funding to all states to help implement Family First; and
  • Phasing in the Family First requirement that 50 percent of spending on foster care prevention be on programs meeting the highest level of evidence (“well supported”), allowing states to receive reimbursement for a broader range of evidence-based services in early years while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services works to expand its list of qualifying programs.

Full text of the legislation can be found here. A summary of the bill 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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