I. TAX REFORM
V. FINANCIAL REGULATION
VI. PARTISANSHIP AND DIVISIVENESS
our polling on the issue
60.3% of registered voters in the district opposed the Republican tax reform bill
- 62.6% of registered voters in the district think that protection of the environment should be given priority, even if economic growth is affected.
- Our survey of registered voters in Mission Viejo, 55.2% opposed President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
- Only 20.3% of registered voters in the district preferred the Republican plan to replace the ACA.
- 43.3% of registered voters in the district preferred the ACA to the Republican replacement (20.3%), something else (19.2%) or neither (16.6%)
- 52.6% of registered voters in the district felt that undocumented immigrants should be able to stay in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship
- 67.8% of registered voters in the district would like their elected representative to compromise if it is in the best interest of their constituents.
walters' legislative record
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which amends the Internal Revenue Code to modify tax rates and policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses.
- Walters voted in favor of H.Con.Res. 71 An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018. [shielded the Tax Bill from filibuster in the Senate]
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 2883 Promotion Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act which weakens the environmental and safety approval process for border-crossing oil and natural gas pipelines.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 806 Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 Called the “Smoggy Skies Act” by opponents, this act cuts all air quality standards reviews (not just ozone) so that they are performed every 10 rather than every 5 years, and delays the deadline for air quality ground level ozone (smog) compliance for a decade, from 2015 to 2025.
- Walters was a co-sponsor and voted in favor of of H.J.Res. 36 which nullifies the Bureau of Land Management’s "Methane Rule" which sought to reduce the venting of gas on federal lands by prohibiting it except in the case of an emergency or if flaring is infeasible.
- Walters voted for H.J.Res. 38 which repealed the Stream Protection Rule which helped to make sure communities did not get stuck with the horrible consequences of toxic water pollution from industrial coal mining operations.
- Walters voted for H.J.Res. 44 which repealed a regulation which opened up the process, by which federal land use plans are developed, to a variety of stakeholders, including states, local governments, groups with an interest in outdoor recreation or environmental protection, and the public at large. It also allowed for landscape scale planning, meaning that a land use plan could include areas across state lines, helping with large-scale issues like combating wildfire and conserving wildlife habitat.
- Walters voted in favor of H.J.Res. 69 which repealed the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule which helped protect bears, wolves and other iconic carnivores on federal public lands to conserve natural ecosystems that benefit all Americans. Allows the hunting - including from aircraft - of predators in the wildlife refuge.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 218 King Cove Road Land Exchange Act which authorized a land exchange between the Department of the Interior and the State of Alaska for the purpose of building a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service, to address the transportation and medical needs of King Cove, a town of approximately 1000 people.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 953 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 which amended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify that it is the intent of Congress that pesticides registered and properly used under FIFRA do not require an additional CWA permit for their use in or around navigable waters. Opponents say that without these permits, we could see a growth in rivers, lakes and streams, including drinking water, impaired by pesticide contamination.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 2910 Promoting Interagency Coordinator for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines which Speeds up the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s natural gas pipeline review process by placing additional requirements on relevant federal, state and local agencies, including concurrent reviews with deadlines, to help streamline the process in siting interstate natural gas pipelines, but may deprive private landowners and local governments and agencies of their ability to contest the siting of these facilities.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3017 Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act of 2017 which authorizes $250 million annually over 2017-2021 for the EPA to provide grants to clean up brownfields and support state brownfield programs. (Brownfields are properties where the presence, or potential presence, of a hazardous substance complicates the expansion or redevelopment of the property.) In our district, the City of Orange turned former landfills located on a railroad site into Grijalva Park at Santiago Center through grants provided by the EPA’s Brownfields Program.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R.3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 which its supporters say it would modernize the regulatory permitting process and encourage the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promoting new hydropower infrastructure; requiring balanced, timely decision making; and reducing duplicative oversight. Opponents say "This bill is a devastating assault on our nation’s rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Its passage would end 95 years of balance in hydropower licensing, tipping the scales against taxpayers and in favor of huge utilities.”
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3354 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 which decreases FY2018 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environment Protection Agency, and the Forest Service below FY2017 levels. The bill also includes several provisions that negatively affect funding in areas such as protection from greenhouse gas emissions, air and water quality, and protection of endangered species.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3905 Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act which Prevents federal agencies from withdrawing certain federal land in northern Minnesota from use for mining activities. Restores two mineral leases that were canceled by the Bureau of Land Management under the Obama administration.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1628 American Health Care Act (AHCA). The bill passed by the House Republicans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
- Walters voted in favor of S. Con.Res. 3 Budget resolution setting up the “reconciliation process” to allow repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) by a simple majority in the Senate.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 7 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 which is a permanent ban on the use of federal funds for abortion or health care coverage that includes abortions
- Walters voted in favor of H.J.Res. 40 which repealed a rule that would have prevented individuals with severe mental disabilities from purchasing firearms.
- Walters voted in favor of H.J.Res. 43 which repealed the rule requiring state and local governments to distribute federal funds to qualified health centers even if they perform abortions.
- Walters voted in favor of S. 114 which reauthorizes funding for the Veterans Choice Program, which pays for veterans to see a private doctor if they are facing long waits or travel times, as well as new funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs for enhancing workforce recruitment and retention, and the authorization of 28 major medical facility leases.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 372 Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 which removes the antitrust exemption for insurance providers. (The McCarran–Ferguson Act of 1945 exempts the business of insurance from most federal regulation, including federal antitrust laws to a limited extent).
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 849 Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act which eliminates the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is supposed to be triggered by specific circumstances and then be tasked with keeping Medicare costs below specified limits. The Congressional Budget Office doesn't expect appointment of the board to be triggered until 2021. The Board is prohibited from making recommendations that ration care; change eligibility; increase cost-sharing, premiums, or taxes; or reduce benefits.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1101 Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 which allows small businesses to provide insurance through trade and professional associations (that may not be covered by state laws)
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1181 Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act which allows veterans judged mentally ill by the VA to buy guns unless a judicial authority finds the vet to be a danger to himself or others.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1215 Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 which limits health care lawsuits related to coverage provided through a federal program.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1304 Self-Insurance Protection Act which is stop-loss insurance, which protects employers who self-insure their employees' health insurance from catastrophic claims expenses, is not regulated, and therefore fragments the market and undermines market reforms in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This bill codifies that stop-loss insurance is exempt from the definition of "health insurance coverage" and therefore does not have to comply with many of the ACA’s market reforms.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1367 which improves the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 2579 Broader Options for Americans Act which allows people who lose their jobs to receive tax credits under the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) for continued coverage (COBRA).
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3922 CHAMPION (Community Health And Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation) Act of 2017 which extends funding for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), Community Health Centers and several other important public health programs. Creates offsets (strongly opposed by Democrats), including: increasing premiums for Medicare beneficiaries with income of more than $500,000, shortening the grace period during which premiums can be paid on ACA subsidized coverage, reducing funding available for the Prevention and Public Health Fund by $6.35 billion, and removing some lottery winners from the Medicaid rolls.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3003 No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. Toughens the penalties for sanctuary cities.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R.3697 Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act which calls for the deportation of any immigrant, legal or illegal, who is a member of a criminal street gang and would authorize the State Department to impose sanctions on nations that refuse to cooperate with deportation proceedings. Additionally, the bill ensures that criminal alien gang members are not eligible for immigration benefits, such as asylum, special immigrant juvenile status and temporary protected status.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 2581 Verify First Act which withholds Affordable Care Act subsidies from people until their citizenship is verified through social security numbers. Not all individuals who are eligible for tax credits have an SSN; some, like newborns, may not have an SSN at the time their family applies on their behalf and would experience delays in accessing health coverage as a result of this bill.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3004 Kate’s Law which increases the already severe penalties for illegal reentry of deported felons.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 10 Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 Dismantles the Dodd-Frank Act and guts the financial regulations created in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
- Walters voted in favor of H.J. Res. 111 which repealed a rule due to go into effect September 2017 that would have prohibited arbitration agreements in financial products and services from barring class action suits.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 477 Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 which exempts certain brokers that perform transactions related to ownership transfers of eligible privately held companies from the requirement to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 732 Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 which prohibits non-profits and charities from being able to receive compensation, as part of settlements, from corporations found to have committed widespread harm to the public.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 985 Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 which severely limits who may participate in class action suits, requiring class members to suffer “the same type and scope of injury;" cuts down on the damages a guilty company would pay. Imposes restrictions on lawyers filing class action suits.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1219 Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017 which increases the limit on the number of individuals who can invest in certain venture capital funds from 100 to 250 before those funds must register as ‘‘investment companies’’ with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1343 Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017 which directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans, allowing some financial institutions to avoid appropriate oversight.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 1694 Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017 which requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R.2201 - Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act which amends the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro-offerings from state regulation of securities offerings and federal prohibitions related to interstate solicitation. Opponents says it would put investors at risk by allowing companies to sell unregistered securities without important guardrails that normally apply to such transactions.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3312 Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017 which was part of the dismantling of the Dodd-Frank Act: Amends current law to change the process and procedures for determining which bank holding companies should be designated as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs). Under current law, all banks with consolidated assets exceeding $50 billion are automatically designated as SIFIs and are subject to additional requirements imposed by the financial regulators. Repeals the automatic designation for most banks and assigns the responsibility for making such designations to the Federal Reserve.
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3441 Save Local Business Act which changes the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to clarify that two or more employers must have "actual, direct, and immediate" control over employees to be considered joint employers. The bill aims to kill the new standard created by a 2015 ruling in which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said a company is considered a "joint-employer" with a contractor if it has "indirect" control over the terms and conditions of employment or has the "reserved authority to do so." … Republicans have offered similar legislation in the past to change the definition created by the NLRB ruling, but the new bill goes a step further, changing the definition of an employer in both the NLRA and the FSLA. The Democrats on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce say the bill "enables unscrupulous employers to avoid their legal responsibilities under the NLRA and FLSA, while denying employees recourse for violations of law and inflicting collateral damage to adversely impacted businesses."
- Walters voted in favor of H.R. 3971 Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 which exempts lenders with $25 billion in assets or less from escrow requirements on Higher Priced Mortgage Loans they hold in their portfolios for three years, and it would provide regulatory relief for small servicers, defined as those servicing 30,000 loans or fewer, by exempting them from various servicing requirements.
- Walters has a 99% party loyalty rating according to Voteview.com, which is higher than both the House Republican median and House median.