Sixth District Rep. Mark Walker (R) spoke to a packed house at Page’s Books and Coffee Shop Thursday afternoon, speaking and answering questions on a variety of topics. Among the many concerns of area residents were Walker’s position on replacing Speaker of the House John Boehner, de-funding planned parenthood and the Iran nuclear deal brokered by President Obama.
The first hot-ticket matter that came up was Walker’s stance on the movement to remove Boehner. One area resident accused Walker of back-pedaling on a campaign promise to oust the speaker. “Let me clarify what I said about this,” commented Walker. “I said that I wouldn’t support leadership on any matter that’s detrimental to our citizens.”
Walker went on to explain that there simply hadn’t been a formidable opponent in the race against Boehner. Boehner’s two opponents netted a combined three votes against the speaker. Walker explained that he didn’t know either of Boehner’s opponents.
“Would anybody in here vote for a mayor of Mount Airy if they announced their candidacy 24 hours prior to the election,” Walker asked. Walker said his stance is by no means a show of support for the speaker. Instead, the Congressman said there are more important matters to which lawmakers must turn their attention.
One such matter, according to Walker, is what the freshman Congressman from Greensboro called “the worst foreign policy deal, maybe, of all time.” Walker went as far as to call the Iran nuclear deal that President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated “ridiculous.”
Walker highlighted the fact that the deal shoved aside the opinion of Israel and said that it could lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Walker also highlighted four Americans being held captive in the country that houses what Walker called the largest state-sponsored network of terrorists.
In reference to the deal Walker said, “I’m offended that they (the Obama administration) would go to a place that shouts ‘death to America’ and negotiate without even mentioning four Americans held in captivity.”
Walker said the defeat of the President’s Iran deal may come to fruition. According to Walker a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress will be necessary to put an end to the deal. Walker said votes are beginning to add up. “Some Democrats are starting to leak in our direction on this (the Iran nuclear deal),” he said.
Another issue on which Walker received the room’s overwhelming vote of confidence was the de-funding of Planned Parenthood. After speaking briefly about a series of videos about the operations of Planned Parenthood Walker said, “It may go further than de-funding them (Planned Parenthood). There may be criminal things going on.”
Walker said that he has already signed onto a bill that will, if passed, de-fund the organization. However, he added that the measure “may not be enough.”
In answering a follow-up question, Walker stated that the issue of de-funding the organization is critical enough to attach the legislation to a major bill such as a federal budget. “I can’t think of a better reason to shut down the federal government,” commented Walker. “Planned Parenthood is an evil and corrupt organization.”
Walker also highlighted his work on tailoring a human trafficking bill that will provide additional training for law enforcement and Border Patrol personnel. The Congressman also spoke about the balanced budget Congress passed, which he said cut White House spending by 14 percent.
Walker also told the crowd that he has helped pass legislation that would aid veterans in finding employment and has been working to remove federal education mandates, but still provide the same level of federal education funding to states. “The federal government hasn’t done a very good job on education,” said Walker as he explained that he would like to see education decisions back in the hands of the states.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.