Issue: Defense and National Security

Walorski Votes to Stand with Israel, Condemn Radical BDS Movement

Walorski Votes to Stand with Israel, Condemn Radical BDS Movement

House Votes to Oppose Efforts Targeting Israel; Speaker Pelosi Continues Blocking Bill to Combat Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted to stand with Israel as a key ally of the United States and to oppose the radical Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to delegitimize the world’s only Jewish state.

“Israel is one of America’s closest friends, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our vital ally in the face of threats to delegitimize and even destroy the world’s only Jewish state,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Passing this bipartisan, commonsense resolution is a good first step to show the world we will not stand for the radical BDS movement. Now it’s time for Speaker Pelosi to allow a vote on the bipartisan Combating BDS Act so we can make a real difference in the fight against anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel agenda.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed H. Res. 246, a resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel, by a vote of 398 to 17, with five voting present.

The House today also passed two bipartisan bills to combat terrorism and strengthen U.S. support for Israel:

  • H.R. 1850, the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevent Act, which would impose sanctions on governments or organization that support Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
  • H.R. 1837, the United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act, which would strengthen U.S.-Israel security and economic cooperation.

In May, Walorski signed a discharge petition to bring H.R. 336, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, to the House floor for a vote. This legislation would strengthen the security of the U.S. and our allies in the Middle East and support state and local governments that choose not to contract with companies that discriminate against Israel.

H.R. 336 is the House companion to S. 1, which recently passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 77 to 23, and includes the following bills:

  • The Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Act of 2019, which would authorize security assistance to Israel for 10 years;
  • The U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, which would extend Jordan’s eligibility to receive special treatment for transfer of U.S. defense articles and services;
  • The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, which passed the House by voice vote in January 2019 and would provide the administration with new tools to sanction those who provide significant financial, material, or technological support to the Assad regime’s war against the Syrian people; and
  • The Combating BDS Act of 2019, which would allow state and local governments to adopt laws to divest public funds from entities that boycott Israel.

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 National Defense Bill

Walorski Statement on National Defense Bill

Votes Against Partisan Bill That Underfunds Military, Undercuts Readiness, Allows Gitmo Transfers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 2500, a partisan version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would harm military readiness:

“Congress’ most important responsibility is to provide for the national defense and support our brave men and women in uniform. Sadly, the NDAA passed by the House today falls short of these goals and breaks a longstanding tradition of bipartisan cooperation.

“While the Senate passed its bill with overwhelming support from both parties, House Democratic leaders offered a partisan proposal that underfunds our national defense, undercuts military readiness, and reverses prohibitions on transferring terrorist detainees from Gitmo.

“I hope they will put politics aside and pass a commonsense, bipartisan national defense bill, including two provisions I authored to encourage adoption of military working dogs by their former handlers and connect more wounded warriors to service dogs.”

BACKGROUND

The Senate recently passed its bipartisan version of the NDAA, which would authorize $750 billion in defense funding, by an overwhelming vote of 86 to 8.

The partisan House version of the NDAA – which passed by a narrow margin without a single Republican vote and with eight Democrats opposed – would:

  • Underfund the Department of Defense (DoD) by providing $17 billion less than the Senate version;
  • Cut $1.2 billion from military personnel accounts that fund troop pay, benefits, and housing;
  • Seek to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by removing longstanding prohibitions on transferring Gitmo detainees to U.S. soil;
  • Cut critical programs designed to deter Russia and China, and cut nuclear deterrent programs; and
  • Restrict critical military missions to support border security.

The House adopted two amendments offered by Congresswoman Walorski. One would recognize the honorable service of military working dogs and soldier handlers in the Tactical Explosive Detection Dog (TEDD) program and encourage the Army to prioritize adoption of the dogs to former TEDD handlers. The other would increase by $11 million the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program.

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 Funding Bill

Walorski Statement on Funding Bill

Legislation Keeps Government Open, Provides $22.5 Billion for Border Security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation to fund the government and provide $22.5 billion for border security:

“I voted for this bill because it keeps the government open and takes critical steps toward securing our nation’s borders. Republicans were able to secure $22.5 billion for border technology, barriers, and personnel, including funds to build 55 miles of new wall, and we stopped a radical proposal that would have set violent criminals free.

“I’m disappointed that the stubborn refusal of Democrats to fully support reasonable border security measures has forced the president to use his executive authority to address this crisis. Ultimately it is up Congress to fix our broken immigration system and secure the border. I’ll be at the table working to find commonsense solutions, and I urge Democrats to put extremism aside and do the same.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed H.J. Res. 31 by a vote of 300 to 128. President Trump is expected to sign the bill.

  • Provides $22.5 billion for border security technology, surveillance, physical barriers, personnel, and ICE detention beds.
    • Includes $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of new wall where it is most needed on the southwestern border.
    • Does not include a proposal by Democrats to cap the number of ICE detention beds, which would have forced ICE to release dangerous criminals from custody.
  • Increases funding for federal law enforcement to combat terrorists, espionage, drug traffickers, gangs, and violent criminals.
  • Increases assistance to state and local law enforcement through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, STOP School Violence Act, Violence Against Women Act programs, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, and Missing and Exploited Children Programs.
  • Provides $3.3 billion for U.S.-Israel security assistance.
  • Requires the U.S. Trade Representative to establish a product exclusion process for the third round of section 301 tariffs on imports from China. Walorski previously called for an exclusion process, leading a bipartisan letter to USTR Robert Lighthizer.
  • Requires the Commerce Department to improve the product exclusion process for the section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and provide quarterly reports to Congress.
  • Combats the opioid epidemic by investing $468 million Justice grant programs to support prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement.
  • Maintains existing pro-life provisions, including rejecting attempts to rescind the president’s expanded Mexico City Policy.
  • Invests $72.6 billion in improving and maintaining our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

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 President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Walorski Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address:

“President Trump spoke to the American people with clarity, a call for unity, and a renewed commitment to our shared ideals.

“We need to work together to keep our economic momentum going, allow our manufacturers and farmers to succeed, and make sure hardworking Hoosiers have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. We need to defend against global threats by working alongside our allies, standing strong against our adversaries, and continuing to rebuild our military. And we need both sides need to come together to fix our broken immigration system and secure our borders.

“I stand ready to work with President Trump, his administration, and my colleagues in Congress to find commonsense solutions that make our country and our communities stronger.”

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 Support Troops, Keep America Safe

Walorski Votes for National Defense Bill to Support Troops, Keep America Safe

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the House passed legislation to continue the rebuilding of the military and provide servicemembers their biggest pay raise in nine years:

“Providing for the national defense is our most important responsibility, and this bipartisan legislation puts the safety and security of the American people first.

“It boosts readiness by investing in maintenance, modernization, and training. It restores our Armed Forces to full strength. And it gives our troops their biggest pay raise in nine years.

“This critical bill continues the rebuilding of our military and gives our brave servicemembers the tools and support they need both on and off the battlefield.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 by a bipartisan vote of 359 to 54. The Senate is expected to follow suit in the coming days and send the legislation to the president’s desk.

Rebuilding Our Military

  • Authorizes $708.1 billion in discretionary defense funding for FY19.
  • Increases size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  • Improves readiness through increased training and flying hours.
  • Boosts investment in maintenance, modernization, rebuilding, and replacement of equipment.
  • Makes key reforms to Pentagon bureaucracy and streamlines acquisition process.

Supporting Troops and Military Families

  • Fully funds a 2.6 percent pay increase for servicemembers – the largest increase in nine years.
  • Extends special pay and bonuses for servicemembers in high-demand fields.
  • Provides additional assistance to military spouses seeking employment by enhancing the My Career Advancement program.
  • 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.
  • Supports partners and allies fighting ISIS, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations.
  • Enhances missile defense and nuclear deterrence capabilities to counter threats from Iran and North Korea.
  • Strengthens cyberdefense and provides critical resources to confront threats from hostile nations.
  • Continues support for European allies to deter Russia and provides funding to counter Russian cyber and information warfare threats.
  • 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 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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