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Apr 17, 2018

Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to back a rescissions package:

“Once again, Mitch McConnell is making excuses for why Republicans cannot do what we all promised in the past. His latest rejection of President Trump’s spending cuts shows that McConnell prioritizes his backroom deal with Democrats over Republicans’ promise to rein in government excess. Republicans in the House stand ready and willing to work with the White House to cut wasteful spending.”

Apr 12, 2018

Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the Balanced Budget Amendment failed to pass on the House Floor:

“Today’s vote shows that Democrats’ newfound rhetoric of caring about our debt is just empty words based in political opportunism. While it certainly is a disappointment that a Balanced Budget Amendment was blocked by Democrats, this cannot be the the end of our efforts to get America back on the right fiscal track. With the recent $1.3 trillion budget-busting omnibus, we must renew our efforts to tackle the spending crisis by repealing and replacing Obamacare, reforming our welfare programs and rescinding unneeded appropriations.”

Apr 10, 2018

Washington – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the White House unveiled the Executive Order on Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility.

"Welfare reform is about hope, not judgement. I applaud the President for laying out principles and making welfare reform a priority for his administration. Now it is up to Congress to pass legislation to promote earned success through the dignity of work. We need to eliminate marriage penalties, allow flexibility for the states, fight fraud and recognize the importance of civil society in fighting poverty.

"A government-first approach has failed those who are the most vulnerable in our society. Conservatives believe that every individual deserves the opportunity to improve their economic circumstances. Instead of trapping individuals in a cycle of poverty, we need to allow all to achieve their God given potential."

Apr 5, 2018

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee announced a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment on the House Floor:

“I am grateful to House Leadership for honoring their commitment to vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment. Washington has demonstrated time and time again it lacks the political will to make the tough decisions required to contain the growth of government and spend within its means. Funding our present on the backs of our children and grandchildren is not compassionate or just. Leading responsibly so they may thrive and prosper is.”

Background: Last October, Chairman Walker agreed to support the Senate Budget in return for a commitment on a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Apr 4, 2018

Washington - Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mark Walker announced the appointment of Dan Ziegler as the executive director of the RSC after concurrence of the Founders. Ziegler will begin serving in the role on April 16, 2018.

“At the RSC, our mission of bringing conservatives together to limit government, strengthen our national defense, boost America's economy, preserve traditional values and balance our budget is as important as ever as our debt reaches $21 trillion,” said RSC Chairman Mark Walker. “With Dan’s impressive track record, we will continue to pull legislation to the right.”

Former RSC Chairman Jeb Hensarling echoed Chairman Walker saying “I’m proud to see the next generation of conservatives take on new leadership roles. Dan will be an asset to the RSC and Chairman Walker, and I look forward to seeing the principles of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom advance for years to come.”

In the position, Ziegler will lead the RSC team in serving the largest conservative caucus in the House with over 150 members. The staff will continue its signature service of writing legislative analysis in a Legislative Bulletin for each piece of legislation voted on in the House of Representatives in addition to its work in policy development, communications strategy, and coalition building.

Policy Director for the Majority Leader and former RSC Executive Director Will Dunham praised the decision saying “Dan has a rare combination of policy smarts, institutional savvy, and credibility as an honest broker. And of course his conservative compass always points north. He will be a great asset to the RSC members.”

Previous to joining the RSC, Dan worked in the office of an RSC Member, conservative organizations like Freedom Partners and the American Energy Alliance, and the executive branch. Most recently, he served as managing director of government relations at Heritage Action for America. In that role, he led their advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on items like tax reform, Obamacare repeal, welfare reform, and education reform.

"Dan Ziegler is a great choice to serve as the executive director of the Republican Study Committee. He is a true fiscal conservative and has excellent knowledge of how Congress works. He also understands that outreach to conservative groups is key to the success of the RSC,” said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. “Chairman Walker has done a fantastic job surrounding himself with experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful staff who are committed to the conservative movement. These staffers have made our partnership with the RSC a good experience, and Dan is another example of Chairman Walker choosing staff who ensure that these partnerships succeed and that the goals of moving conservative policy are advanced.”

The RSC’s first executive director, Edwin Feulner, said Congratulations to Chairman Mark Walker and the leadership of the RSC. Their selection of Dan Ziegler is an inspired choice to serve as executive director of the RSC. Dan will work enthusiastically to represent the mainstream conservative members of the House through his new position.”

The Republican Study Committee has served as the conservative caucus of House Republicans and a leading influencer on the Right since its original founding in 1973. It exists to bring like-minded House members together to promote a strong, principled legislative agenda that will limit government, strengthen our national defense, boost America’s economy, preserve traditional values and balance our budget.

Mar 22, 2018

Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement after the release of the omnibus text:

"For several years, Republicans were justifiably critical of the Obama administration’s spending levels driving up the national debt. Even worse was the intentional bleeding of our defense creating a new national security concern. Due to the intentional weakening by the previous administration, our military readiness is grossly lacking if called on to defend our country.

"Yet, at the same time, I am troubled by the increasing deficits being created by our Republican majority. It is imperative that we curb Washington’s out-of-control spending addiction that has not been slowed under Republican rule. Since the 1980’s our mandatory spending has exploded from 30% of our budget to a startling 70%. We are leaving our children and grandchildren an insurmountable financial burden that is impossible to resolve.

"What will it take for Republican majorities to offer the reforms needed, removing the shackles of a crippling debt?"

Mar 8, 2018

Washington– Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement on President Trump's tariffs announcement: 

"The rationale for these tariffs is to retaliate against bad trade actors. As announced, they will be broad tariffs with a few temporary exceptions. President Trump deserves credit for his consistency calling out such bad actors, but it is imperative that we target these rogue players to remedy the situation instead of implementing across-the-board tariffs that are effectively taxes."

Mar 7, 2018

Washington - The Republican Study Committee's Steering Committee adopted the following principles affirming the organization's longstanding commitment to free trade:

  • Free trade underpins the economic foundations of our alliances and partnerships, directly furthering America’s national security interests while limiting the destructive reach of authoritarian powers.
  • American consumers benefit from free trade through more choices and affordable goods, improving their standard of living and promoting global innovation.
  • Tariffs on imported goods are a tax on American consumers and businesses.
    • While certain tariffs can temporarily benefit producers, manufacturers tend to bear the burden of rising costs stemming from imposed tariffs.
    • At least half of American imports are not finished products, but are instead input materials for U.S.-based manufacturers.  Free trade reduces the cost of these input materials, thus reducing U.S.-based businesses’ production costs, which in turn promotes economic growth through additional investment in domestic jobs and manufacturing.
  • Free trade and free markets have led to the greatest reduction in global poverty in the history of mankind.
  • Government imposed barriers to materials, labor and capital are disruptive to modern supply chains and represents liberal central-planning in its worst, most arrogant form.
  • While we strongly disagree with the imposition of punitive tariffs, we do believe that the federal government should aggressively protect American jobs and American manufacturers from the economic devastation caused by the unfair dumping of foreign goods into American markets and barriers to American products.

Background: The Republican Study Committee historically advocated for free trade including agreements such as NAFTA.