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  10/02/13 Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement Tuesday evening after the House offered bills to support veterans and reopen national parks and museums, despite a lapse in appropriations from the government shutdown:


“Today my office received a phone call from a veteran concerned about losing VA health services.  A group of World War II veterans flew all the way to our nation’s capital on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial and found barricades.  This is an unacceptable way to repay our nation’s war heroes.” 


Walorski continued, “I am disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle could not put politics aside and support important funding to protect our veterans and allow Americans to enjoy our national parks and museums.  I will continue to work on bipartisan solutions to end this government shutdown and ensure essential services are provided to our veterans, troops, and families.  I urge the president and Washington Democrats to support and pass these bills, just like the Pay Our Military Act, for the sake of the American people.”


The Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act provides immediate funding to ensure the continuation of veterans’ disability payments, the GI Bill, education training, and VA home loans.  The Open Our National Parks and Museums Act offers immediate funding for the National Park Service, Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Museum.  Both bills would have provided funding until December 15, 2013



  1. Thor on October 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Mike B,

    Where in my post did I mention the TEA Party?

    But you would be correct, I have a disability rating but do not accept any of those benefits.

    Should I assume from your post that you support the Democratic march to socialism and are a liberal leach on society accepting every bene paid for by others that comes your way? The more the better and d@#n the future? I would never have imagined after decades of service, mostly fighting communists, that I’d come back to a country that is embracing those very tenants at the highest levels.

    Soc.Sec. by the by is not a welfare check…it’s something you actually pay for your entire career so it’s not like accepting some of the ‘benefit’ you’ve been paying for is hypocritical. It IS hypocritical of those who have taken the money month after month to then say…well, you don’t deserve it because others need it more. They should just admit right up front, hey schmuck this is just a redistribution tax; shut up and pay up.

    So, apparently, thank you for your service and your personal dedication to…well that would be impolite to say.

  2. MikeB on October 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    As part of the Tea Party crusade against government, I’m certain you do not accept VA disabled vet compensation, Social Security benefits, and Medicare. Thank you for your service, and personal dedication to our government’s fiscal responsibility by refusing those “entitlements.”

  3. Thor on October 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm


    Grandstanding? Trying to stop a takeover of the health care system in America that would add 1.7 Trillion to the debt in the first year is grandstanding? Have you seen healthcare in socialist countries? I have and it isn’t pretty.

    As a disabled veteran, I must call on the government to uphold their oaths of office and fight to retain our freedoms. Not for me necessarily, for my children. At the current level of spending they have already spent every tax dollar my grandchildren will pay.

    You want grandstanding…how about closing the WWII Memorial. It’s an open air memorial with a couple of fountains, there’s nothing to close! And on top of that is was built with private funds…some of them mine!

    The Democratic Party fought a war to keep slavery, they filibustered the Civil Rights Amendment, now they have found a way to enslave the entire population by controlling life saving services and linking it to the IRS. There were only Democrats who voted for this (talking to you Joe) and there are only Democrats who have now closed down the government trying to keep their signature piece of legislation.

    They keep saying no one will go to jail if they opt out of Obamacare. They just don’t tell you what the IRS will do to you when you don’t pay your fine. If you think you’ll still have a bank account, home, or be walking the streets you’re delusional.

    A productive part of government would stop spending every last red cent…and all those they could borrow too.

    Our Constitution was built on the principle of limited government. How about upholding that and returning the authority and ‘gasp’ responsibility to the states and the citizens.

  4. MikeB on October 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Again, as a disabled veteran, I must call on Rep. Walorski to quit “grandstanding” and do the job we elected her to do. Be a productive part of government and uphold our laws and Constitution