Mark Walker

RSC Chairman: Conservatives May Clash With Trump on Infrastructure, Debt Ceiling
Walker advocates for Obamacare replacement in 2017, no earmarks

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker says Congress will work with Trump but conservatives may disagree with him on issues such as infrastructure and the debt ceiling. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The new chairman of the Republican Study Committee said Thursday that conservatives could clash with President-elect Donald Trump early in his administration on infrastructure spending and on the debt ceiling.

In an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” scheduled to air Sunday, North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker said it is incumbent upon Congress to work with the incoming administration but that there will likely be some differences of opinion. 

Debt Ceiling Deadline Falls in Trump’s First 100 Days but Fix May Not
Conservatives prepping deficit reduction plans to pair with any increase

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert is working on deficit reduction proposals that members say could be paired with an increase in the debt ceiling. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Republicans about to have unified control of the government ready their 100-day agenda, one thing is notably missing: a plan for addressing the government’s borrowing authority when the current debt limit suspension expires on March 15.

Congress suspended the debt ceiling as part of a budget deal former Speaker John A. Boehner negotiated before leaving office in the fall of 2015. When the suspension lifts, the cap will need to be raised or suspended again for the United States to avoid default.

Nearly Half of Votes for Advancing IRS Impeachment Came From Outside the Freedom Caucus
Some leadership allies supported moving forward on impeachment resolution

Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer of Indiana and several allies voted against a motion to refer a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen back to the Judiciary Committee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Nearly half of the 72 Republicans who voted against a motion that effectively blocked a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen are a not part of the House Freedom Caucus.

The caucus has led the push to remove Koskinen. 

Walker Defeats Harris for Republican Study Committee Chairmanship
Harris says he'll remain a part of both the RSC and Freedom Caucus

North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker is the incoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Mark Walker defeated three-term Rep. Andy Harris in the Thursday contest for the Republican Study Committee chairmanship.

So the Republican Party Finally Gets Trump?
Little empathy after disturbing comments about minorities, Muslims

GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence “ignored, glassed over or misrepresented” comments by Donald Trump, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On careful review of the statements of Republican leaders — who have finally denounced Donald Trump after his stomach-turning and graphic comments about women came to light in a just-released 2005 video — a particular theme emerges.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.”  

Republican Drumbeat: What GOP Lawmakers Are Saying About Trump
Many voice anger as they try to distance themselves after comments on video became public

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire from members of his party over his 2005 comments about women, unearthed in a video on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Many Republican lawmakers and party officials responded quickly — and negatively — to GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about women, unearthed in a 2005 video. Here's what they've had to say:

I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified.”  — in a statement on Friday

RSC Founders Endorse Andy Harris Over Mark Walker in Chairman Race
With election on Nov. 17, Rep. Walker still has time to make his case

Republican Study Committee founders cited Maryland Rep. Andy Harris's three terms of experience as a conservative leader in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Six Republican Study Committee founders and current Chairman Bill Flores on Thursday effectively endorsed three-term Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland to be the next chairman of the conservative caucus.

Harris, who is a member of both the RSC and the more conservative House Freedom Caucus, is running against freshman North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker.

Walker, Harris Running for Republican Study Committee Chairmanship
Race pits freshman congressman against Freedom Caucus member

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris launched a bid to head the Republican Study Committee in 2014 but withdrew after his wife died. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

GOP Reps. Mark Walker of North Carolina and Andy Harris of Maryland have both officially launched bids to become the next chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus of the House.

Founded in 1973, the RSC has evolved into the GOP's largest faction. Its membership includes more than 170 of the 246 Republican members of the House, including some members that are also part of the moderate Tuesday Group and the anti-establishment House Freedom Caucus. 

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai Dies at 49
Freshman Democrat had battled pancreatic cancer since 2015

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai, who died Wednesday, was serving his first term in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hawaii Democratic Rep. Mark Takai died Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer, his office confirmed.  

In May , he announced he would not seek re-election because his cancer had spread. He first received the diagnosis in October 2015  and underwent surgery the following month to remove a small tumor.  

Knocking Down Barriers McSally-Style
GOP Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce launches Thursday

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, said that breaking down barriers is "just a passion of mine." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As a woman who broke barriers herself, Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally wants to make sure other women can do the same.  

The first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat is launching the GOP Working Group on Women in the 21st Century Workforce on Thursday to examine the root causes of the barriers and challenges women face.