April 28, 2018 Press Release
Walker and the North Carolina Congressional Delegation write a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long in support of Gov. Roy Cooper's disaster request
Congressman Mark Walker wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to support North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s request that the President declare a major disaster for the State of North Carolina, under Section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act, as a result of severe weather that effected Guilford and Rockingham counties on April 15, 2018.
April 18, 2018 Press Release
The Ditto Act ensure the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) maintains the same record-keeping standards as the department expects from taxpayers.
"The bureaucratic failures of the IRS were on full display yesterday as they were unable to perform even a basic duty on their most critical day of the year. Another way the IRS is failing North Carolina taxpayers is with lack of accountability. Run for almost a decade by Commissioners who spent more time misleading Congress and attempting to bury scandals than they did serving Americans, the IRS has operated under a different set of rules than what they expect from taxpayers. The Ditto Act forces accountability on the IRS and ensures that they are working under the same rules as the people and businesses of North Carolina."
Walker and Richmond penned an op-ed for The Hill calling on congressional leadership – of both parties – to dedicate the resources and afford criminal justice reform the national attention it deserves.
"Incarceration statistics paint a grim picture of the nightmare millions face: 2.7 million children under the age of 18 have an incarcerated parent; there are more jails than colleges in the United States; non-violent drug offenses account for almost half of the total population in federal prisons; and taxpayers spend more than $70 billion each year to incarcerate 1 in 100 American adults," Walker and Richmond write. "Even worse, these wasted dollars make us all less safe. We have the opportunity to restore families and help people find redemption instead of condemnation."
"Helping our North Carolina farmers through trade means removing barriers, opening new markets and ensuring a level playing field. When we get government restrictions and bad policies out of the way, our premier North Carolina products can shine and our people can thrive. I applaud President Trump and the administration for working to open the Argentinian market to our pork producers."
April 12, 2018 Press Release
The Hill: "The bill was brought to the floor under an agreement made between Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) in October."
“Part of the reason I ran for Congress was frustration with Washington’s inability to spend within its means and show fiscal leadership. That is why I made a pledge to the people of North Carolina to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution."
Vashti Hinton, Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and Member of the First Class of Bipartisan HBCU Interns Has Been Hired Full-Time as a Congressional Staffer
The McClatchy D.C. Bureau highlighted Rep. Walker's efforts to increase diversity and engagement on Capitol Hill through Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As the article states: "[Vashti] Hinton, a North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University graduate, recently landed a job in the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., the first full time hire from a unique three-year-old internship program created by Reps. Alma Adams, D-N.C., and Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., to help improve Congress’ poor showing when it comes to staff diversity."
"That is why I introduced the A-PLUS Act to empower parents, teachers and local administrators to better address the needs of students and schools in their communities. With government’s education approach for the last five decades falling well below even the most reasonable expectations, it’s time to choose a better path."
"The release of the 2017 ‘Nation’s Report Card’ shows the stark reality that we are failing to prepare our children to live prosperous lives and ultimately pushing the American Dream out of reach. This report is not an indictment on the teachers and administrators who work passionately to serve our students, but ultimately highlights the failures of a system of bureaucratic mandates and one-size-fits-all policies that prioritize meeting arbitrary standards rather than what is best for each student."
April 11, 2018 Press Release
"The tides of Washington come and go, but family is forever. It is with this in mind that Speaker Ryan has decided to not seek re-election and invest the same time and energy he put into representing Wisconsin into his family. Paul’s character and integrity is respected among all members. With that said, he is still Speaker through January and we have plenty of work to do. As we look to the future we must also be diligent with the present working on the impending concerns of reining in Washington’s spending, balancing our budgets, providing second chances through criminal justice reform, and working to restore the hope and opportunity of the American Dream.”
April 5, 2018 Press Release
“Alex saw a need in our community and instead of convincing himself of why it couldn’t be done, he sprung to action, collaborating with others to find a solution that will result in 100,000 meals being provided to hungry students each year. Heroism isn’t about age, it’s about a heart of service and a willingness to put yourself before others. Alex embodies this spirit and the idea that age and capacity do not exempt anyone from the call to make a difference.”
The Good Accounting Obligation in Government Act (GAO-IG Act) would require each federal agency to report on the status of GAO and IG recommendations in their annual budget justification.
“Right now, North Carolina taxpayers are having their hard-earned money wasted by federal bureaucrats who have been told how to improve and become more efficient, but refuse to follow recommendations. That is unacceptable. This bipartisan legislation will make government better, more accountable, and save taxpayer dollars.”