Issue: Defense and National Security

Walorski Statement on Russia

Walorski Statement on Russia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“Russia is not our ally, and Vladimir Putin is not our friend. As DNI Dan Coats reaffirmed this week, it is undeniable Russia interfered in our election and seeks to undermine our democracy. America must continue to stand strong against Putin’s destabilizing actions and prevent further attacks on our country.”

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

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Walorski Votes to Give Troops a Pay Raise, Rebuild the Military

Walorski Votes to Give Troops a Pay Raise, Rebuild the Military

House Passes FY19 Defense Funding to Boost Military Readiness, Give Servicemembers Biggest Pay Raise in 9 Years

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted to invest in rebuilding the military, providing servicemembers their biggest pay raise in nine years, and supporting military families.

“Our servicemembers and their families make tremendous sacrifices to keep America safe, and we are making sure they have the tools, training, and support they need,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “This investment in our national security will continue rebuilding the military so it can confront any threat, and it will give the brave men and women of our Armed Forces their biggest pay raise in nine years.”

BACKGROUND

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 6157), which passed the House by a vote of 359 to 49, would provide $676.4 billion in defense funding for FY19.

Rebuilding Our Military

  • H.R. 6157 increases discretionary funding for the Department of Defense by $17.1 billion over FY18.
  • Boosts investment in maintenance, training, restoration, and modernization.
  • Modernizes the military and prepares for the future of warfare with a $92.4 billion investment in research and development.
  • Includes $1 billion above the president’s budget request to fill military readiness shortfalls.

Supporting Troops and Military Families

  • Fully funds a 2.6 percent pay increase for servicemembers – their biggest raise in nine years.
  • Provides $34.4 billion to provide care for our troops, military families, and retirees.
  • Includes funding above the request for cancer research, traumatic brain injury, and psychological health research, and sexual assault prevention and response.
  • Supports our troops in the fight against terrorist organizations like ISIS and other threats overseas.
  • Fulfills the requested increase of 16,400 military personnel.

The House this week also passed a motion to begin a conference committee with the Senate to finalize the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515). The House-passed FY19 NDAA authorizes $717 billion in defense funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

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

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Walorski Introduces Bill to Increase Military Death Benefits

Walorski Introduces Bill to Increase Military Death Benefits

Legislation Would Double Immediate Payment to Families When Servicemembers Die on Active Duty

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) recently introduced legislation to double the survivor benefits paid immediately after the death of a servicemember while on active duty. The bill would decrease by the same amount payments made to the families of Members of Congress who die in office.

“Our brave servicemembers risk their lives each day, and their families make tremendous sacrifices in service to this country,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Military families need our help and support when a loved one dies on active duty, but today they get less than the families of Members of Congress who die in office. That’s just wrong, and my bill would make it right so these patriots get the support they deserve.”

BACKGROUND

H.R. 5982 would increase the death gratuity paid to the families of servicemembers who die on active duty from $100,000 to $200,000. The bill would also mandate that 60 percent of the death gratuity be reserved for the surviving spouse, allowing servicemembers to designate recipients for the remaining 40 percent.

The death gratuity program provides for an immediate, tax-free, cash payment of $100,000 to eligible survivors of members of the Armed Forces who die while on active duty or while serving in certain reserve statuses. The death gratuity is the same regardless of the cause of death.

The longstanding purpose of the death gratuity has been to assist survivors of deceased servicemembers in meeting immediate financial needs, such as funeral costs, before any other survivor benefits become available.

H.R. 5982 would also reduce by $100,000 the death gratuity paid to surviving spouses or children of deceased Members of Congress through the appropriations process. This one-time payment, which is customarily equal to the Member’s annual salary, would be capped at $74,000.

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

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Walorski Votes for National Defense Bill to Keep America Safe

Walorski Votes for National Defense Bill to Keep America Safe

FY19 NDAA Continues Military Rebuilding, Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise in 9 Years

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which continues the rebuilding of the military and provides servicemembers a 2.6 percent pay raise.

“Our national security depends on the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, and we are ensuring they have the tools, training, and support they need to keep America safe,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “This bipartisan defense bill not only advances the critical work already underway to rebuild our military, it also gives our servicemembers their biggest pay raise in nine years.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515) by a bipartisan vote of 351 to 66.

Rebuilding Our Military

  • Authorizes $717 billion in defense funding for FY19.
  • Increases size of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  • Boosts investment in maintenance, training, restoration, and modernization.
  • Makes key reforms to Pentagon bureaucracy and streamlines acquisition process.

Supporting Our Troops

  • Fully funds a 2.6 percent pay increase for servicemembers – their biggest raise in nine years.
  • Extends special pay and bonuses for servicemembers in high-demand fields.
  • Requires comprehensive review of wounded warrior care and mental health services.
  • Ensures no military medical treatment facility is closed until all facilities are transitioned to the Defense Health Agency.

Keeping Our Nation Safe

  • Maintains existing prohibitions on closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay or transferring terrorist detainees to U.S. soil.
  • Enhances missile defense and nuclear deterrence capabilities to counter increasing threats from hostile nations.
  • Provides critical resources to destroy terrorist networks and confront threats from countries like North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China.
  • Supports co-development of missile defense systems with Israel and co-production of Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow weapons systems.

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 Iran Nuclear Deal

Walorski Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump announced the U.S. is withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran:

“This fundamentally flawed agreement did nothing to stop Iran’s hostile behavior or permanently end its nuclear ambitions. President Trump’s decision is a critical step toward holding the Iranian regime accountable. Now the U.S. and our allies must work together to address Iran’s dangerous and destabilizing actions, including its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, threats to our ally Israel, and support for terrorism.”

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 Pompeo Confirmation as Secretary of State

Walorski Statement on Pompeo Confirmation as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after Mike Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state:

“I want to congratulate my former colleague on his confirmation as our next secretary of state. America faces many challenges on the world stage, and I’m confident Mike Pompeo will represent our nation with resolve and serve the American people well. I look forward to working together to keep our nation safe and strong.”

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 U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Walorski Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump announced U.S. military airstrikes in Syria:

“U.S. military action alongside our allies is a necessary and decisive response to the Assad regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons against its own people. Such atrocities will not be tolerated. I am praying for our brave men and women in uniform.”

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

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House Passes Bill to Rebuild Military, Invest in Infrastructure, Boost Opioid Response

House Passes Bill to Rebuild Military, Invest in Infrastructure, Boost Opioid Response

FY18 Funding Legislation Also Includes Walorski Provision to Reduce Costs and Red Tape for American Manufacturers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation to rebuild the military, give servicemembers a raise, invest in infrastructure, combat the opioid crisis, and help American manufacturers and farmers:

“After years of neglect, our Armed Forces are finally getting the resources necessary to begin rebuilding, boost military readiness, and defend our nation from any enemy. With this bill, we are delivering on our constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. And we are giving our troops the tools, training, and support they need – including their biggest pay raise in eight years.

“We are also making key investments in fighting the opioid epidemic, modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, securing our borders, making schools safer, and supporting American manufacturers, farmers, and small businesses. This is a critical step as we continue building on the economic momentum from pro-growth reforms and working toward commonsense solutions that help Hoosier families thrive.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R. 1625) by a vote of 256 to 167. The bill, which provides funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018, now heads to the Senate.

National Defense: Supports rebuilding our Armed Forces by providing the largest increase in defense funding in 15 years, including resources to increase troop levels, boost military readiness, improve training, and invest in maintenance and new equipment. It also funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our servicemembers – their biggest in eight years.

Veterans: Includes record funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including more resources for health care, addiction treatment, and facility improvements.

Opioids: Provides nearly $4 billion to help communities fight the opioid epidemic – the largest federal investment to date – including funding for treatment, prevention, and law enforcement.

Manufacturers: Cuts costs and red tape for American manufacturers, including in the RV industry, with a provision Walorski authored to fix a technical issue in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) tariff relief program, which is reauthorized for three years.

Farmers: Fixes the Section 199A “grain glitch,” a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to ensure farmers get the same tax benefits when they sell to private companies as they would when selling to co-ops. Walorski recently signed a letter urging congressional leaders to quickly resolve the issue.

Infrastructure: Invests in building a modern infrastructure for the 21st century, including roads, bridges, public transit, airways, railways, waterways, energy, and broadband. Walorski led

Border Security: Boosts border security by funding $2.9 billion in security improvements and technology, including $1.57 billion to begin construction of the border wall.

School Safety: Protects students by implementing key provisions of the STOP School Violence Act, which the House passed last week, and providing more than $2.3 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety programs. The bill also fixes and fully funds the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

Tax Cuts: Ensures the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the resources necessary to fully implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the historic tax reform law that cut taxes for Americans at all income levels and restored America’s economic competitiveness.

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

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Joint Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Joint Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Jim Banks (IN-03), Susan Brooks (IN-05), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), released the following statement after voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018:

“One of the most important responsibilities that Congress has is to provide for the defense of our nation. Unfortunately, after sustaining years of budget cuts, our nation’s military has been dangerously pushed to the breaking point. While threats to our national security around the globe have risen, our military’s ability to confront them has diminished. Our brave servicemen and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms and liberties must have the tools necessary to get the job done. The Bipartisan Budget Act provides the level of funding that Defense Secretary Mattis has indicated is necessary to begin rebuilding our military and ensures that our troops have the resources they need to successfully carry out their mission.”

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 Budget Agreement That Fully Funds Military

Walorski Statement on Budget Agreement That Fully Funds Military

Congress Passes Long-Term Budget to Rebuild Military, Combat Opioid Epidemic, Help Hoosier Families Thrive

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting to send President Trump a long-term budget agreement that fully funds the military, provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic, and advances evidence-based solutions to help Hoosier families thrive:

“Years of irresponsible and arbitrary defense cuts have jeopardized our national security, diminished our military readiness, and endangered our troops in the field. It’s time for that to end.

“Today we are delivering on our promise to rebuild the military and get our brave servicemen and women the tools, training, and support they need to keep our nation safe.

“We are also making critical investments to combat the opioid epidemic, as well as advancing commonsense solutions to help Hoosier families achieve the American Dream. This bill is far from perfect, but it is a necessary step as we continue working with President Trump to build a stronger and safer country.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 1892) by a vote of 240 to 186. The legislation, which establishes long-term funding levels and includes an extension of current funding through March 23, passed the Senate earlier Friday and now heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

Military Funding

The Bipartisan Budget Act ensures the military is fully funded at levels consistent with the fiscal year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) so our servicemembers have the tools, equipment, and training necessary to keep the nation safe. It includes a 2.4 percent raise for our troops – their biggest pay increase in eight years – as well as an increase in active duty, national guard, and reserve forces and additional resources to close the readiness gap.

Defense funding will increase by $80 billion this year and $85 billion next year, unwinding the sequestration cuts that jeopardized our national security. The House previously passed defense funding at FY18 NDAA levels, but the legislation was repeatedly blocked in the Senate.

President Trump expressed strong support for the budget agreement, and Defense Secretary James Mattis stated it “will ensure our military can defend our way life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation.”

VA Maintenance

Includes an additional $4 billion to reduce the maintenance backlog at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Opioid Epidemic

Provides $6 billion over two years to combat the opioid epidemic through grants, prevention programs, and law enforcement efforts.

Community Health Centers

Extends funding for community health centers – which take an innovative, patient-focused approach to ensure vulnerable and underserved populations have access to quality, affordable health care – for two years. In November, the House passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act (H.R. 3922) to fund CHIP, community health centers, and other important public health priorities.

Home Visiting Program

Extends the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for five years, with additional flexibility for states and new requirements to ensure it remains an effective, evidence-based program. In September 2017, the House passed the Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act (H.R. 2824).

CHIP

Extends the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 10 years – an additional four years beyond the reauthorization Congress recently passed into law.

Interstate Foster Care

Includes bipartisan legislation Walorski introduced to speed up interstate foster care placement. In June 2017, the House passed the Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act (H.R. 2742), which would help states move to an electronic system for foster care placement and adoptions across state lines in order to reduce the delays and costs of paperwork.

Social Impact Partnerships

Includes the Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (H.R. 576), legislation sponsored by Walorski to support innovative, evidence-based solutions through social impact partnership programs that deliver results.

Seniors’ Health Care

Protects seniors’ access to health care by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created under Obamacare. In November 2017, the House passed the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Care Act (H.R. 849) to prevent the board of unelected bureaucrats from cutting Medicare.

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

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