#nc-06: The Walker Record

walkerHis voting record has been a substantial improvement over that of his predecessor Howard Coble. But Mark Walker has picked up some during his first term for, among other things, flip-flopping on amnesty for illegal aliens AND supporting John Boehner for speaker.  Conservative Review has given Walker a conservative grade of C (77 percent).  Walker has a primary opponent, Chris Hardin, in the June 7 vote who is challenging him from the right and asking some tough questions about his conservatism.  Let’s drill down a little deeper into that C-grade and see what we find:



Vote Result Date: 1/6/2015

  • Conservative Position: Yes
  • Walker Vote: No

This vote was to determine who serves as the Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress. The Speaker has dominant influence and sets the agenda for what bills and votes are allowed on the floor. After Speaker Boehner partnered with President Obama to whip votes for the $1.1 trillion Cromnibus bill funding Obama’s illegal executive amnesty, conservatives saw that act as the last straw. Because the Speaker is determined by absolute majority of the potential 435 voting representatives, only 29 Republican votes for a candidate other than Boehner were needed to force a second ballot. Forcing a second ballot would have effectively removed John Boehner from Speaker. The conservative position was to vote for anyone besides Boehner or a Democrat. Those listed as YES attempted to remove Speaker Boehner and replace him with another Republican. Those listed as NO voted for Speaker Boehner, a Democrat, or present. Boehner received enough votes to be re-elected Speaker of the House.


Vote Result Date: 3/26/2015

  • Conservative Position: Nocapitol
  • Walker Vote: Yes

This vote was on H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act which is expected to increase the nation’s debt by $500 billion over the next 20 years. This bill was cobbled together in a backroom deal by Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi. Overall H.R. 2 is a massive health care spending bill that replaces the existing Medicare payment system for health care providers, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), with a new bureaucratic pay scheme that would automatically increase reimbursements every year. Although everyone agrees that the SGR was a flawed system, this bill merely replaced one top-down bureaucratic price-control system with a new one, albeit with a more generous reimbursement rate. With this bill Congress failed to address the underlying problems in healthcare entitlements and in true back room deal fashion, included several extraneous provisions designed to buy votes.


Vote Result Date: 6/18/2015

  • Conservative Position: No
  • Walker Vote: Yes

This vote was on the key procedural provision known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA grants a special fast-track status to trade 569f06c08be38.imagedeals negotiated by the president and as such has been dubbed Obamatrade. While conservatives generally support trade agreements as important tools for lowering tariffs and trade barriers, and TPA is often needed in order to effectively negotiate with other countries, this particular TPA was problematic for a number of reasons. Typically, a TPA is passed at the beginning of negotiation cycles so that Congress directs the president to negotiate along specific parameters. In this case, the three primary treaties that would receive fast-track status under this TPA have already been negotiated in secret for years. There is no reason to pass fast track authority without releasing more details about these trade agreements to the public. Moreover, given this president’s penchant for implementing major policies without Congress, there was a widespread fear that Obama would use these trade agreements to pursue liberal policies, such as changes to our immigration system, labor laws, and global warming regulations. For example, according to WikiLeaks, one of the impending trade deals – the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) – contains an entire immigration section, including a provision prohibiting US authorities from conducting in-person interviews for certain visa categories. Additionally, the main trade deal – the Trans Pacific Partnership – contains a “living agreement” provision, which could enable Obama to expand the scope of the agreement during the final months of his presidency or add countries like China to the agreement. Finally, GOP Leadership negotiated a deal to advance Trade Promotion Authority and in exchange for Democrat votes, promised to renew the crony capitalist Export-Import Bank and a failed government handout program known as Trade Adjustment Assistance, a subsidy bailout for labor unions.


13 thoughts on “#nc-06: The Walker Record

  1. So, were these the issues that he voted against the conservative side, meaning he voted the right way on the other issues that are listed with the other candidates?

  2. Doug Really?

    Are you asking is this the spin cycle


    Sit on this and spin!

    Kinda of self explanatory ..

    1. Nope, just making sure I am interpreting this right. The other candidates had much more extensive lists, and I would like to see where they actually vote with the right side as well. Assuming it happens on occasion as we go up to C, B, A etc.

  3. Doug these are the votes Walker made with the liberal RINO republicans who gave Obama everything he wanted and walker did not vote with the True Conservatives…
    Of course you probably knew that already or you wouldn’t be reading the Haymaker .
    Sounds like you trying to put the Walker spin on things to confuse some into thinking Walker really is a conservative republican. An extremely laughable position for anyone who follows politics!

    1. No, I would just like to be able to more easily compare the candidates out there. Maybe actually list some good news in the few instances it happens with the R’s.

      I have no dog in this fight as I live in district 2, and have no connection to any candidate out there.

  4. You don’t get a failing grade from Conservative Review for voting the right way on Conservative issues, this is just a few of Walkers liberal votes!
    Conservative Review grades politicians over the past few years not just their votes in an election year when they are trying to get elected.
    Meadows had an A conservative grade from the same group for comparison!!

    1. I understand, but Walker had a C grade. I would just find it interesting to see where these folks actually vote WITH conservative issues. There is such a comprehensive lists on the F’s that I would like to see the comparisons of the same votes. Guess I will have to go to the web site for that.

  5. With Walker, like Holding, it’s very simple. You like the status quo, send these guys back to DC.

  6. I have already voted for Chris Hardin, and you 6th District voters should, too. I thought Walker would “grow” into a good, constitutional conservative, but now I see he is only growing more and more like Nee Nee Ellmers with each passing day.

    “Constitutional”??? Not in this lifetime for Walker!

  7. Walker’s outright lie on his pledge to voters to vote against Boehner as Speaker, and his shameful waffling on amnesty for illegal aliens, by themselves, are enough that we need a new nominee in the 6th.

  8. Say what you will about Walker, but I find it disheartening to see people devouring a proven Pro-Life member of the House. Walker’s new district is partially the old 2nd and we got the shaft from the previous member. I believe Hardin is a good man and I’m a big fan of the Coast Guard. The issue of the sanctity of life is too important IMO to gamble it on an unproven legislator.

  9. Hardin seems just as solid on RTL, but unlike Walker, is also trustworthy on immigration. If we lose on immigration, we have lost on everything and permanently.

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