Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Rep. Walorski gives weekly Republican address, focuses on veterans' issues

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski gave the weekly Republican address Saturday, March 29, calling on President Barack Obama to sign H.R. 4031.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana gave the weekly Republican address Saturday, March 29, calling on President Barack Obama to support House Resolution 4031. The bill, called the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, would allow for the removal of top VA officials based upon their performance.

The bill was developed in response to the claims backlog that has left veterans waiting months, at times, for their benefits, according to a release from House Speaker John Boehner.

"I hear daily from Hoosier veterans who are forced to wait months on end for their disability claims to be processed." Walorski said in her address. "Unfortunately, this is typical. Around the country right now, average wait times are nearly 330 days." 

Walorski is a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and a daughter of an Air Force veteran. She co-sponsored the legislation.

"These men and women fought for our country – they shouldn’t have to fight for their own benefits." Walorski said.

You can also watch the video and read the full transcript of the address at the Speaker of House John Boehner's website.

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