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The House passes the farm bill to authorize federal agriculture, conservation, and nutrition programs under the Department of Agriculture until 2023, make critical reforms to encourage work for benefits, and provide access to job-training programs.
In address to NCLBCF, Walker discusses his background, why he ran for Congress, the importance of establishing strong relationships before enacting policies, and his focus of not just making an argument, but making a difference.
U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and U.S. Representative Alma Adams (D-N.C.) welcomed their third class of Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus interns to Washington, D.C. this week. The internship, launched in 2016, is aimed at increasing diversity and engagement on Capitol Hill through HBCUs.
The House just passed the FIRST STEP Act to improve the federal prison system through the implementation of corrections policy reforms, strengthen public safety, enhance prison security, and provide inmates the help they need to more successfully reenter society.
May 14, 2018 Press Release
"Signing a scholarship with a university should not be a moratorium on an athlete’s ability to use his or her name and image, or to attain a livable wage for their talent. We owe it to our college athletes to build a better system that incentivizes them to finish school, rewards their achievements and gives them opportunity and hope for the future."
"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."
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."
"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."
March 14, 2018 Press Release
"Education is an essential rung on the ladder for opportunity and prosperity. That’s why it is critical that our children feel safe while learning, and that our communities and law enforcement officials are empowered with resources to keep our schools secure. By passing this legislation to train and assist schools in identifying and stopping threats, we will allow teachers, administrators and parents to focus on educating our next generation of leaders."
February 28, 2018 Press Release
"By building bridges across communities and business sectors, and by forging relationships between private and public organizations, I believe we can work together for the betterment of our students. The 2018 HBCU Fly-In served as the nucleus for these and other important conversations."