He was elected in 1998, and is serving in his 7th term.
The Almanac for American Politics says, “he is a conservative on fiscal issues but more moderate on cultural issues.” The Almanac doesn’t know what it’s talking about.
He is certainly bad on a host of cultural issues in his support for using federal funds to clone humans, conduct stem cell research that destroys human embryos, and subsidize Planned Parenthood. He is against the Mexico City Policy (tax dollars for international organizations that promote abortion), for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and for legislation to create thought crimes, otherwise known as “hate crimes” legislation. He is not moderate on cultural issues—he is a liberal.
But he is certainly not conservative on fiscal issues. Just this year, he has refused to cut funds to the Legal Services Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Labor Relations Board. He voted against an amendment designed to cut the full $100 billion that House Republicans had promised on the campaign trail, as well as an amendment designed to do one better and get spending down to its 2006 level.
He opposed the conservative RSC budget. He supported the two mammoth trillion debt limit increases that included next to nothing in savings attached to them. He recently supported violating the Ryan budget by $24 billion in order to avoid another spending fight with a weakened Obama Administration.
He voted to expand a grant program under Obamacare and Trade Adjustment Assistance, (welfare for workers impacted by trade). He opposed cutting community development block grants, beach replenishment grants, corporate welfare to subsidize exports, and cuts to a host of other spending programs.
That’s just this year.
In the past, he supported multiple highway bills, as well as legislation to bail out the highway trust fund that is being used to subsidize local parking lots and scenic bike paths. He supported bloated energy bills, containing all sorts of subsidies to energy companies. He supported multiple farm bills, including voting to override a rare veto on fiscal grounds from President Bush. He also voted to override President Bush’s veto of the earmark-packed Water and Resource Development Act, and he voted to block the Bush Administration’s efforts to get a handle on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicaid. He voted to expand student loan and small business subsidies.
And of course, he supported No Child Left Behind, the Medicare prescription drug bill, Sarbanes-Oxley, and TARP, while opposing common sense reforms to the federal budget process.
He is currently a 50% on the Heritage Action scorecard.
He is the definition of a leadership lackey—one who is in such lock step with Leadership’s voting recommendations and sentiments that they gratuitously appoint him to their table as the unelected “chairman of the Republican Leadership.” (The position has no actual role.)
He represents a +10 GOP district that elected George Bush by 61% and John McCain by 54%. If you think that the support for McCain was a little low, the recent Republican nominee for governor in 2010, received 70% of the vote in this district. This is a solid Republican district.
He is Greg Walden, and he represents Oregon’s 2nd district. He needs to be primaried.