ELKHART — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski says she’s going to continue to fight government bureaucracy.
“We need to beat government regulations off the back of companies that are trying to do good things in our communities,” the GOP lawmaker said in a speech Monday to the Elkhart Rotary Club.
Indiana’s 2nd District congresswoman, seeking a third term, is currently in a battle with Democrat Lynn Coleman and Libertarian Ron Cenkush to keep her seat. She told those gathered for the Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon that she has been humbled to bring “Hoosier common sense” to the U.S. Capitol during her tenure.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t run into somebody on the floor that says they are envious of Indiana,” she said. “We are the nation’s largest manufacturing district and we are helping to lead the nation in so many different ways.”
She gave an update on her work in various areas, including national security, veterans affairs, job creation and fighting poverty. Walorski said she is excited to be part of a Republican-led initiative called “A Better Way,” designed to reform the country’s welfare system.
“We need to help build a bridge that will take people out of poverty,” she said. “I want to work towards a solution that will end the cycle of poverty many families are experiencing. Right now our system is built for failure.”
Walorski took a few questions from the audience. One questioned her stance on keeping detainees at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing, in part, the expense of keeping them locked up there.
Walorski defended her position, worried about the potential danger if detainees, instead, were brought to a jail on U.S. soil, something she opposes. “The vetting they use is not secure and you can’t put a price on preventing another attack or the life of an American soldier,” she said.
Another asked Walorski about government dysfunction.
“Most bills move, really the only sticking points are big ideological bills,” she said. “We also are contending with a heavy-handed administration and I am fighting to pass balanced budgets. That is where you see a lot of fighting happen.”
Coleman spoke at the Rotary Club in September but the media was not invited. Cenkush has not been invited to speak before the club, according to Rotary member Tom Shoff.
Election Day is Nov. 8.
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