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Jackie Walorski (Photo Supplied) (AP)
U.S. Rep. Walorski backs bill requiring presidential budget plan

Posted on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 6, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted for a bill Wednesday, Feb. 6, that, as her office puts it, would require the White House to create a balanced budget plan by April 1.

The U.S. House passed the Require a Plan Act, H.R. 444, by a 253-167 margin on Wednesday, mainly along party lines, according to The Hill.

“Today’s passing vote reinforces our continued commitment toward restoring fiscal sanity in Washington,” Walorski, a member of the House Budget Committee, said in a statement. “There is a troubling disconnect between wasteful spending in Washington and the burdensome effect it has on American families.”

Under the Obama Administration, Walorski’s press release said, the U.S. national debt has jumped by nearly $6 trillion. Walorski backed a measure late last month that would halt salary payments for U.S. Senate and House members if they don’t pass a budget by April 15.

Also Wednesday, Walorski signed on as a co-sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act, H.R. 523. The bill would eliminate the new 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, decried by many in northern Indiana as harmful to the local orthopedic manufacturing industry.

The tax, part of Obama’s health care reform overhaul, the Affordable Care Act, “severely hinders the advancement of medical device companies and must be repealed to prevent further damage to our economy,” Walorski said in a statement.

The Republican lawmaker also announced her support for the Health Care Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act, to repeal the individual and employer health insurance mandates in the Affordable Care Act. She campaigned last fall, calling for repeal of the health care overhaul, seen by many as unlikely in light of Obama’s re-election.