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Mark Walker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NC) - District 6, Republican
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Mark Walker has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unlike procedures for common ailments that would be typically associated with the term 'health care,' abortion has as its very object the taking of a human life. The term 'abortion' forces the question: What--or, better said, who--is being terminated? Without a doubt, it is clear that abortion ends the life of these little human beings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/974884/standing-for-life-we-must-not-remain-silent#.VZ6r8XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50973#.VZ6rCnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It is time for tax reform through a radical change in our current tax code. The flat tax and fair tax models could be combined to implement a plan whereby all Americans share some responsibility." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues (walker4nc.com)
  • "Proposal: The time has arrived to either simplify the tax code and rework, or even replace, the entire Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Review both the flat and fair (consumption) tax models." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851573/issue-position-regulations/?search=flat#.Vi6Q32wViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Once government programs and departments are created, they are rarely reversed, reduced or removed." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/Platform (walker4nc.com)
  • "The House Republican's Budget for 2016 lays out a plan to restore fiscal sanity to Washington and balances the budget in under 10 years, where as the President's budget raises taxes, increase spending and never balances." https://walker.house.gov/media-center/blog-posts/balanced-budget-stronger-america (walker.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am firmly committed to keeping taxes low, to bringing down marginal rates for businesses and families, and I will oppose any effort to eliminate a tax deduction or credit unless matched with an offsetting reduction in tax rates." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/Platform (walker4nc.com)
  • "Reagan had it right . . . cutting taxes produces jobs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851573/issue-position-regulations/?search=flat#.Vi6Q32wViko (votesmart.org)
  • "We must reduce the tax burden on every working American." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851548/issue-position-taxes#.VZ7PvHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our children deserve a world-class education, but the federal government’s continued interference has kept us from achieving this goal. Education has traditionally been best dealt with at the local level, and Mark will work to restore state and local power over education." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues#education (walker4nc.com)
  • "It is time to allow school choice. An important ingredient of school choice is the provision of vouchers that will provide more educational options for all children. Families and local communities can and will do a better job of holding schools accountable than our federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851545/issue-position-education#.VZ7UMnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must take immediate advantage of our natural resources by reducing and/or legally bypassing EPA regulations. Our land has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources. We must allow each state more protection from job-reducing regulations. It's time to impose a temporary 'restraining order' on the federal government." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/Platform (walker4nc.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZ7VT3UViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "America is undergoing an energy revolution. New technology has made us an energy exporter again. We need to harness this progress and use energy production as a way to jumpstart our economy." http://www.walker4nc.com/issues (www.walker4nc.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Much of the 'so-called' science of climate change has been fabricated, though it's made a few politicians quite wealthy. I believe that God provided the earth to us and we have a responsibility to conserve and respect the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/851562/issue-position-environment/?search=climate%20change#.VZ7ZMHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Climate change has become a political football and the secular left has used it to drive through restricting regulations that have damaged our economy. We can be green without being extreme." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues#environment (walker4nc.com)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1226/rating/8555 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our forefathers designed a system that afforded American citizens the ability to protect their property and families from all infringements including any potential threats from federal government. A law-abiding citizen should have little problem with a background check, yet should be free to own his or her weapon of choice." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues (walker4nc.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Instead of mandating health insurance, we should focus on market-based solutions – including tort reform and enabling plans to be sold across state lines – which will help bring the cost of healthcare down without creating additional bureaucracy or increasing the national debt." http://walker4nc.com/content/page/issues#healthcare (walker4nc.com)
  • "It continues to weigh on our economy and on our job creators. This law is seriously flawed in the fact that the President's administration has overreached dozens of times in trying to change and fix the law themselves. Yes, the damaging effects of ObamaCare are so ingrained in the fabric of this law that fixing it is not an option. That is why I urge my colleagues to vote for H.R. 596 for a full repeal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/948391/repeal-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act#.VZ7gxXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Never, ever in my life have we ever been for amnesty, not ever." http://www.thetimesnews.com/article/20140702/News/307029818 (www.thetimesnews.com)
  • "Amnesty is not a solution. Border security and enforcement of our laws has to be the first and highest priority." https://walker.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walker-votes-uphold-constitution (walker.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage issues have been given to the states under the 10th amendment and the democratic process. Thus, this decision should have been left to the people--not by unelected judges in Washington." https://walker.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/walker-responds-supreme-courts-ruling-marriage (walker.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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