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Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski and two staffers killed in car crash

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Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and two of her staffers were killed in a car crash on Wednesday, authorities said. Walorski was 58. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy first confirmed Walorski’s death in a tweet earlier Wednesday. McCarthy said that Walorski’s husband, Dean Swihart, was informed of her death by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday…

Baird, Plaskett: Consider adding CBD to farm bill discussions

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Near the end of a subcommittee hearing on hemp Thursday, Rep. Jim Baird, R-IN., the ranking member on the House Agriculture Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee, said “We’ve heard a lot of great recommendations for the 2023 farm bill here, and one that I’d like to add is that the FDA hasn’t really had any kind of regulatory framework for hemp-derived CBD, so I would…

Thefts of This Valuable Car Part Have Gotten So Bad That Congress is Trying to Fix It

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A treasure chest of valuable metals that sits underneath every car has sparked a rash of thefts. Now legislators in Washington and statehouses are fighting back. Thefts of catalytic converters — an antipollution car part laden with platinum, palladium and rhodium — have exploded since the pandemic began, fueled by a surge in the value of those metals. Thieves made off with…

Recognizing Gold Star Families this Memorial Day

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Baird and Whip Scalise co-authored an op-ed for The Hill:  On Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. From the Revolutionary War all the way to the War on Terror, we remember those who died to preserve our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Congress…

Indiana Congressman Proposes Law to Curb Catalytic Converter Theft

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — U.S. Rep. Jim Baird introduced a bill in congress Thursday that aims to reduce catalytic converter thefts by helping police identify stolen parts. Baird, who represents western Indiana's 4th District, said the Preventing Auto Recycling Thefts (PART) Act would require new vehicles to have a VIN number stamped onto the converter and create a grant program for…

Baird 'Strongly Urges' Meeting on Lake Freeman Water Issue

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MONTICELLO — A US Congressman is calling on the leaders of two federal agencies to end their “woeful negligence” and meet with him to discuss how to prevent future mass draw-downs of Lake Freeman to comply with the Endangered Species Act and help save an endangered species of mussels living downstream from the Oakdale Dam. US Rep. Jim Baird (R-4th District) sent a letter to Martha…

Baird, Pence, Spartz Hold Farm Bill Listening Session at State Fair

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United States Representatives Jim Baird, Greg Pence, and Victoria Spartz heard from farmers and farm groups during a Farm Bill listening session at the state fairgrounds Wednesday. The existing Farm Bill runs through 2023, so why have a listening session now? “You know, it always amazes me, the last Farm Bill we passed was in December of 2018. So, we just barely got it under the wire.…

U.S. Rep Jim Baird Holds Roundtable Discussion with Local Law Enforcement

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — Republican U.S Rep. Jim Baird is working to get a grasp of what local law enforcement needs to better protect the communities they serve. "Our law enforcement officers are an integral part of our communities," Baird said. Baird is on a mission to help law enforcement. "We've got this messaging going on about defunding the police, and I think it's important…

U.S. Rep. Jim Baird Opposes Biden's Federal Infrastructure Program

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — U.S. Representative Jim Baird (R-District 4) is opposed to President Joe Biden's recently proposed federal infrastructure program. Biden recently unveiled his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, which outlines billion dollar investments in traditional infrastructure in Indiana and across the nation. But it also includes investments in…

Baird assigned to committees for 117th Congress

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Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) announced on Wednesday that he will continue to serve on the Agriculture Committee, and the Science, Space & Technology Committee for the 117th Congress. “We just yesterday got our committees populated,” Congressman Baird told The Times on Thursday. “We just now have received information from the ranking members from our side. Once we get organized,…