Mark Walker

Top Conservatives Oppose GOP Health Care Plan, Muddying Path to Needed Votes
Members express optimism that consensus can be reached in the coming weeks

Meadows, center, and his conservative colleagues have expressed opposition to a House GOP plan to provide refundable tax credits to help individuals purchase insurance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The top two House conservatives on Monday said they cannot vote for their conference’s health care repeal and partial replacement plan in its current form, meaning House GOP leaders have some work to do before they can offer a bill that will get the 218 votes needed to pass the House.

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows both cited concerns over the plan’s refundable tax credits, saying it amounts to the creation of a new entitlement program. The North Carolina Republicans said that several of their conservative colleagues feel the same way and predicted that the plan could not pass the House in its current form.

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Republicans look to avoid earmark reinstatement once and for all

Texas Rep. John Culberson, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conaway at the inauguration last month, made an ill-fated effort to bring back earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

“If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives,” Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

Walker Wants GOP to Lead on Criminal Justice, Immigration
Head of Republican Study Committee says new approach warranted

Walker thinks Republicans need to move beyond talking points on simply securing the border when discussing immigration policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker wants Republicans to take the lead on issues where they’ve been timid in the past, like overhauling the criminal justice and immigration systems.

“There are communities that are hurting, that are suffering,” the North Carolina Republican told a group of reporters Monday. “And that should be important to both parties, to all the parties.”

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.