Issue: Fiscal Responsibility

WALORSKI STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement regarding House passage of H.J. Res. 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014:

“Today the House sent a message to the American people that we are committed to keeping the government open and defunding Obamacare.

“The harmful effects of Obamacare continue to stifle job growth and burden hardworking Hoosier families due to rigid mandates, rising premiums, and onerous new taxes. I am pleased the House has worked to protect our constituents and prevent further damage to the economy by defunding this trainwreck legislation.

“This resolution funds government operations responsibly and controls spending, to ensure the government continues to provide essential services to our citizens.

“I urge the Senate to join the House and pass this sensible measure to prevent a government shutdown and defund Obamacare, proving that this Congress is listening to the requests of the American people.”

WALORSKI SUPPORTS HOUSE PLAN TO VOTE ON CONTINUING RESOLUTION, DEFUND OBAMACARE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement supporting the House plan to vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government and defund Obamacare:

“When I talk to Hoosiers at home, it remains clear that our families and businesses want to keep the federal government open and defund Obamacare. I am pleased the House will vote on straightforward legislation to achieve these important objectives, halting Obamacare before October 1st and preventing the consequences of a government shutdown. This plan is similar to the ‘Stability, Security, and Fairness Resolution’ penned by Rep. Tom Graves, which I co-sponsored along with 79 other Members of Congress.”

“As time goes on, the list of problems with Obamacare for young people, families, and businesses gets longer. The reality of rising premiums, job-killing mandates, and jeopardized patient care are rapidly impacting this nation, proving this unworkable legislation must be stopped. I urge my colleagues to stand behind this plan to pass a smart spending measure and defund Obamacare, sending a clear message that the House of Representatives is listening to the American people.”

WALORSKI VOTES TO REIGN IN GOVERNMENT, REQUEST ACCOUNTABILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During “Stop Government Abuse Week,” Congresswoman Jackie Walorski supported numerous bills to demand accountability from government agencies, like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reign in overreaching regulations that are hurting our economy.

“When I talk to Hoosiers at home on the weekends, they want Congress to work on strengthening the American economy instead of adding more red tape and costly laws regulated by bloated agencies,” said Walorski. “This week the House sent a clear message to our constituents at home that we are listening to your concerns and trimming back government overreach to save taxpayer dollars and create jobs.”

Walorski co-sponsored the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act (H.R. 2009) to prevent the IRS from implementing or enforcing any portion of Obamacare. In May, Walorski sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury and IRS requesting answers about the politically-motivated targeting of conservative groups, asking for responses to pertinent questions within 30 days. Two months later, the Treasury finally responded and offered only minimal details and no specific answers to the questions asked due to “pending investigations.”

“Americans do not trust the federal government. Recent accounts of abuse and corruption from this agency are frightening, and clearly prove that the IRS should not be leading future efforts to implement any components of Obamacare. Congress will continue demanding genuine accountability from all government agencies until they properly respect and adhere to the law and restore transparency for the public.”

Other Co-Sponsored Bills:

REINS Act (H.R. 367): Introduced by Indiana Congressman Todd Young, this bill requires a vote from Congress before major regulations costing $100 million or more could take effect, ensuring that Americans can hold their elected officials and the Executive branch accountable for overly-burdensome regulations.

STOP IRS Act (H.R. 2565): This bill expands the grounds for termination of employment of an IRS employee. This includes an IRS employee performing, delaying, or failing to perform any official action (including an audit) for political reasons or for the purpose of extracting personal gain or benefit.

Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash Act (H.R. 2769): This bill prevents the Internal Revenue Service from holding any conference until the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration submits a report to Congress certifying that the IRS has implemented all the Inspector General’s recommendations for agency conferences.

Government Employee Accountability Act (H.R. 2579): Authorizes all federal agencies to place an employee on “investigative leave” without pay if they determine that the employee’s conduct was serious or flagrant.

Congresswoman Walorski spoke about stopping government abuse on the House floor earlier this week, watch here.

WALORSKI INTRODUCES BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Budget Committee, introduced a balanced budget Constitutional amendment (H.J. Res. 38) as her first sponsored legislation in the 113th Congress. The resolution restricts outlays to revenue, allowing Congress to spend no more than it takes in each year.

“On Tax Day, Hoosier families have just completed the painstaking process of filing returns to determine how much of their hard-earned money is owed to the government,” said Walorski. “With a $16.8 trillion national debt, it is time to enact serious reforms that force Washington to live within its means by passing a balanced budget to create jobs.”

The balanced budget amendment forces Congress to spend only what it takes in, requires a 3/5 majority vote to increase the debt limit, requires a majority vote to raise taxes, and states the President must annually submit a balanced budget to Congress.

“While serving in the Indiana State Legislature, we passed a balanced budget that turned our state deficit into a surplus and created thousands of good-paying jobs. The President’s budget includes $1 trillion in new taxes and $964 billion in government spending—never balancing. Instead, American families deserve a responsible plan that will curtail wasteful government spending and foster job growth.”

There are currently 49 states, including Indiana, that have some requirements to balance a budget. The resolution has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

WALORSKI DELIVERS WEEKLY REPUBLICAN ADDRESS ON BALANCING THE BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) delivered the Weekly Republican Address calling for President Obama to work on a balanced budget that creates jobs and improves the lives of American families. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Walorski supports the House plan to balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes. In light of Tax Day on Monday, Walorski discussed the fiscal challenges currently burdening hardworking Americans, ways to improve economic growth, and ideas to spur job creation.

Video of the address is available to view and download. A full transcript follows.

Full Transcript:

“Fellow Americans, it’s an honor to speak with you. I’m Jackie Walorski, and I’m a new member of Congress from Indiana’s Second District.

“Monday is April 15th, so hardworking families are sitting around their kitchen tables putting the finishing touches on their taxes. It’s always a stressful and time-consuming exercise, figuring out how much we have to hand over to help cover our government’s bills.

“Unfortunately, many of the leaders you send to Washington want to make this time of year even harder on you and your family.

“Take the budget President Obama submitted to Congress this week. He says it’s ‘responsible’– ‘a compromise,’ even – but here’s the facts.

“If we were to implement the president’s budget, taxes would go up on just about every American, including middle-class families. Altogether, the president wants to impose more than $1 trillion in new taxes. That’s in addition to $1 trillion in new taxes from ObamaCare and the more than $600 billion in tax hikes the president secured in January. This isn’t what compromise looks like.

“When I grocery shop each weekend, I talk to moms and dads who are concerned about the rising cost of groceries and the prices at the pump. The last thing American families can afford is more tax hikes from Washington.

“What’s more, the president’s budget not only ignores our nation’s spending problem – it makes things worse. If his plan were to take effect, the government would spend $964 billion more of your hard-earned money than it is already planning to spend. Every household’s share of the national debt would increase by more than $60,000. That isn’t compromise, either.

“Even when the president’s budget offers signs of common ground – like modest entitlement reforms – he says he won’t follow through unless he can impose more tax increases.

“Worst of all, the White House says the president’s budget never balances – ever, failing to meet the most basic principle of budgeting for every family and small business.

“The president’s budget isn’t a compromise; it’s a blank check for more spending and more debt. If that were the answer, millions of Americans wouldn’t be leaving the workforce and asking ‘where are the jobs?’

“Republicans are offering a better way. Our budget will balance in ten years. We will end the waste of taxpayer dollars and foster a healthier economy, delivering real solutions to help improve people’s lives. Here’s what some of those solutions look like.

“First, our balanced budget seizes opportunities to support our nation of builders and get Americans back to work, through popular energy projects like the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Second, our balanced budget repeals ObamaCare so we can address the problems it is causing – like making it harder to hire and driving up health care costs – and work towards patient-centered reforms.

“Finally, our balanced budget lays the groundwork for a fairer, simpler tax code. Closing loopholes and lowering tax rates for everyone would mean more jobs and higher wages. And Tax Day wouldn’t have to be such a headache anymore.

“These are good ideas and we’re ready to act on them. When I served in the Indiana General Assembly, we turned a deficit into a surplus, restored the state’s triple-A bond rating, and led the country in job creation. In the 1990s, President Clinton and Congressional Republicans worked together to balance the federal budget.

“So instead of the same old take-it-or-leave-it approach, President Obama should work with Republicans to find common ground so we can balance our budget, grow our economy, and improve the lives of American families.

“Thank you for listening, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.”

WALORSKI STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement regarding the President’s budget proposal:

“The President’s budget is the latest testament to his unfortunate disconnect with the American people. Considering his plan is 65 days late for submission, it is discouraging that the White House could not offer a more legitimate budget to drive down our $16.8 trillion debt and create more jobs—already admitting it never balances. The House passed a responsible budget that balances in 10 years without raising taxes, serving in sharp contrast to the President’s plan with more than $1 trillion in new taxes and $964 billion in spending increases. The American people understand that balancing a checkbook is a basic responsibility for families and businesses—a stubborn fact that cannot be rebranded by political rhetoric. It is time to pass a balanced budget that creates jobs to move our country in the right direction. Moving forward, I encourage the President to come to the table with workable solutions instead of more irresponsible policies.”

WALORSKI APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF A BALANCED FEDERAL BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted for passage of the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, H. Con. Res. 25. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski applauded the passage of a budget that will balance in 10 years, spur economic growth, and enable job creation.

“American families deserve a serious budget that balances without taking more money out of their pockets,” said Walorski. “I am proud to support this commonsense plan to reduce wasteful spending, jumpstart the economy, and put more Hoosiers back to work—without raising taxes.”

The House budget plan reduces federal spending by $4.6 trillion over the next decade and calls for revenue neutral tax reform. According to Stanford University economists, this budget could result in $1500 in additional household income for taxpayers by next year, and $4000 more by 2024.

“If Senate Democrats pass their budget, the American people will have a clear choice between our budget that creates more opportunities for hardworking families, or a budget that increases taxes and wasteful spending—jeopardizing the American dream for future generations,” said Walorski.

The House Budget Resolution passed Committee last week and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. Senate Democrats are currently working on a separate budget that imposes approximately $1 trillion in new taxes, increases federal spending, and never balances. President Obama has still not presented a budget to Congress.

WALORSKI: “THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF KEEPING BUDGETS IS IMPORTANT TO ALL AMERICAN FAMILIES”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Budget Committee, today spoke on the House floor in support of the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, H. Con. Res. 25. Last week, the House Budget Committee passed a resolution to balance the federal budget in 10 years, spur economic growth, and create more jobs.

Click here to watch the floor speech.

Full Remarks:

“Today, we are not talking about balancing a budget for the sake of balancing a budget.

“The goal is not to check a box, what we are discussing is about more than a just budget.

“We are debating the kind of future we believe we should leave our children.

“The choice before us today is clear.

“If Congress does not get its spending under control our nation faces a debt crisis that will only make our fiscal situation worse.

“House Republicans recognized the urgency of the situation, and we acted.

“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to produce a budget that makes responsible reforms and promotes economic growth and job creation.

“The House budget balances in ten years and gets our nation back on track.

“The Democrats budget doesn’t balance at all within CBO’s budget window and includes $1.2 trillion in tax increases.

“Our budget reforms the tax code and lowers taxes for everyone.

“Hardworking Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget.

“Our households and businesses work hard to live within their means, and the federal government should, too.

“The basic principle of keeping budgets is important to all American families.

“When I am home in the Second District, I hear from moms in the grocery store who are worried about the rising cost of a carton or eggs and a gallon of milk.

“Parents are concerned about their children’s futures:

“Will they be able to save for college?

“Or find a job when they enter the workforce?

“The truth is: the uncertainty in Washington burdens our families at home.

“It is time for Washington to be held accountable and pass a responsible budget.

“According to Stanford University economists, our budget would result in $1500 more for each household by 2014 and $4000 more for each household by 2024.

“Our budget includes common sense policies that will spur investment and job creation and roll back regulations that hurt businesses and stifle economic growth.

“History will judge us by the future we leave to our children.

“If we refuse to make responsible, serious decisions about our budget, we will jeopardize the American dream for future generations.

“We must ensure that our children have the same, if not better, opportunities than we had to succeed.

“I urge my colleagues to make the responsible decision to support this budget and provide a brighter future for our children.

“Thank you and I yield back the balance of the time.”

WALORSKI TO OBAMA: WHY CAN’T THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BALANCE A BUDGET?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama visited Capitol Hill to meet with the Republican Congress for the first time in two years. As only one of seven Members to address President Obama, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) asked him why the federal government does not balance the budget, and the President responded: “America is not a family.”

“Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget, and Washington must do the same with our taxpayer dollars,” said Walorski. “I appreciate the President coming to speak with Congress, and I hope he heard our concerns and will come to the table to work on a serious budget plan.”

After the meeting, Walorski joined the House Republican Leadership Press Conference–as the only freshman member—to discuss the meeting with the President. Click here to watch.

WALORSKI: IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO PASS A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the House Republicans FY2014 budget plan called, The Path to Prosperity: A Responsible, Balanced Budget:

“I applaud the hard work of Chairman Paul Ryan and my Republican colleagues to present the American people with a responsible, commonsense budget that will balance over the next 10 years. At home in Indiana, Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough decisions to keep a budget; it is time for Washington to do the same. With record deficits and runaway spending, I am confident this plan will start to erase our $16.6 trillion national debt and spur economic growth to create jobs. I encourage the President and Senate Democrats to come to the table and join us in our mission to balance the budget—proving this Congress will not tolerate business as usual in our nation’s capital.”

Earlier today, Congresswoman Walorski delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the budget, to watch click here.

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