Walorski: Congress Must Confront Pandemic-Fueled Mental Health Crisis
“When we work together, Americans are better off.”
WASHINGTON, DC – At this week’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on “America’s Mental Health Crisis,” U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) urged bipartisan action to confront the mental health crisis fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Pushing back on the stark dangers of social isolation, she encouraged schools to remain open for in-person learning and for Americans to get back to work.
“When this committee took up Democrats’ massive COVID bailout, we made it clear that their priorities missed the mark. We should have immediately incentivized people to get back to work. Schools needed to be reopened and parents needed to be empowered to make choices for their families,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Social isolation and school closures have a steep price. Last year alone, more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses…This is what happens when people are isolated, and you take away an individual’s incentive to provide for their family.”
During the hearing, Congresswoman Walorski highlighted her work with Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill.) to introduce and advance bipartisan legislation, H.R. 7947, to support foster youth and families at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We equipped states with the resources they needed to support case managers and social workers, shift to virtual case worker visits, and protect youth from aging out of foster care. The difference is clear. When we work together, Americans are better off. When Democrats go it alone, America falls behind,” she continued.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.