RALEIGH, N.C. — Two U.S. House Republicans from North Carolina were part of a GOP bloc that voted Tuesday against re-electing Ohio Congressman John Boehner as House speaker, while one conservative Republican reversed course and backed the sometimes controversial leader.
Boehner was re-elected to the top job in the U.S. House despite opposition from conservatives.
Eleventh District Congressman Mark Meadows and 3rd District Congressman Walter Jones, both conservative North Carolina Republicans, voted against Boehner, according to news reports. Instead, they backed Florida Republican Congressman Dan Webster, a favorite among the tea party. Boehner is unpopular with the more stridently conservative wing of the GOP.
Meanwhile, Mark Walker, a conservative freshman representing the Greensboro-based 6th Congressional District, issued a news release to explain why he backed Boehner.
"This was a difficult vote, as I share the frustrations expressed by many of my constituents, but I cast my vote today with a sense of optimism," Walker said in a news release. "I plan to keep the speaker, and the whole House leadership team, accountable – to encourage them to pass conservative legislation and not buckle under pressure from the White House or Senate. When I believe legislation is not in the best interests of the 6th District of North Carolina and the American people, I will have no problems voting against leadership."
Walker had been critical of Boehner during the primary, in which he beat out a field that included former Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of a high-profile state senate leader. But The Hill newspaper noted, "Walker received $10,000 from Boehner’s leadership PAC."
Of Webster and other opposition candidates, Walker said, "I do not believe they possess the record of leadership and accomplishment necessary to be Speaker of the House. I cannot just vote for the most conservative candidate when considering a position that is this important to the country."
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Thank you for the support you showed me during the past campaign season. With the tireless efforts of volunteers and the help of voters across the 3rd District, we were able to prevail. I am grateful for the district’s vote of confidence that allows me to continue to fight for the conservative values our Founding Fathers defined in the U.S. Constitution that you and I both hold dear. It is an honor to have received the largest percentage of votes of any member of North Carolina’s Republican Congressional delegation with opposition in the general election. I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to defend the principles of liberty that are outlined in the United States Constitution, values our great nation was founded upon.
Again, thank you for your continued support and friendship. I am humbled by your trust and once again selecting me as North Carolina’s 3rd District Congressman.
May God bless you and your family, and God bless America.
With my best regards,
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) has been honored with the Freedom Fighter Award from leading grassroots conservative organization FreedomWorks. This year’s Freedom Fighter Award was presented to members of Congress who consistently voted to defend economic freedom in 2013.
Congressman Jones was one of the top 10 highest-ranked members of the entire House of Representatives and the highest-ranked member of the North Carolina congressional delegation on FreedomWorks’ annual scorecard with a near-perfect rating on 21 key votes. Scored votes included those to stop raising the debt limit, to cut wasteful government spending, to repeal and defund Obamacare, and to prevent the federal government from spying on U.S. citizens without a warrant, among other things.
“It is an honor to receive this year’s Freedom Fighter Award,” said Congressman Jones. “As a member of Congress, it is my greatest privilege and responsibility to advance the principles of freedom on which America was founded.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) testified before a House Natural Resources subcommittee in support of H.R. 187, legislation he has introduced to correct a decades-old federal mapping error that has prohibited a significant portion of North Topsail Beach from accessing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In 1982, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly designated the north end of North Topsail Beach as a CBRA zone despite the fact that it was already under development. This error has wrongly prohibited the town of North Topsail Beach and many homeowners from accessing federal programs, including the NFIP and other disaster assistance. Congressman Jones’ bill would replace the existing CBRA map with an accurate one.
“North Topsail Beach has provided extensive documentation to prove that in 1982, the area was under development and in fact had a great deal of infrastructure already in place,” said Congressman Jones. “There is no reason that North Topsail Beach should be prevented from accessing the NFIP, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to testify in support of my effort to correct this error.”
Also testifying at the hearing was North Topsail Beach Mayor Dan Tuman. Video and text of Congressman Jones’ and Mayor Tuman’s testimony are available here.