Mike Gallagher’s Record of Voting for Trump’s Agenda

Republican Mike Gallagher, Freshman Representative for Wisconsin’s 8th District, is running for re-election this November, up against Democratic contender Beau Liegeois.

Promoted as a Republican not afraid to swim against the tide of Trump when needs be, Gallagher has famously been touted by anti-Trump conservative critic Bill Kristol  on that basis. [1]

That is against the backdrop of a Republican Party that for the large part has seemingly rolled over in acquiescence to the Trump phenomenon post-November 2016.  So, while many Republicans are still prepared to try and square the circle of justifying continued Trump related controversies and unpopular policies, do Gallagher’s “when-needed” anti-Trump credentials hold up under closer scrutiny?

  • According to FiveThirtyEight’s “Tracking Congress in The Age of Trump”, Gallagher has voted in line with Trump over 94% of the time [2].
  • In May 2017, Gallagher voted for the Trump-endorsed repeal of the Affordable Care Act – the jewel in the crown of Trump’s anti-Obama agenda [3]. Millions of people across Wisconsin and the United States have subsequently been put at increased risk through a loss of health insurance.
  • The Trump endorsed Republican tax-plan of December 2017, slammed for being not only a tax-break give-away to the top 1% of the country’s earners, but also detrimental to both businesses and working families, was also supported by Gallagher in the House [4].
  • Gallagher has also voted to dismantle consumer and financial regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act. Trump endorsed the rolling back of financial regulations by appointing Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Prior to appointment, Mulvaney had been an outspoken critic of the CFPB.  Consequently, restraints have now been lifted on predatory lending practices, for example, putting millions in a position of increased financial risk and vulnerability that can least afford it [5].

Gallagher has shown occasional flashes of opposing Trump’s agenda, including going on record as to highlighting the constitutional dangers that firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller would present [6].  Gallagher has also been vocal in denouncing Russia and Trump’s overtures to Putin as a geo-political partner in fighting terrorism and resolving regional conflicts. [7]

Outside of that, Gallagher’s voting record in the House is predominantly in lock-step with that of Trump’s policy agenda.

[1]   https://www.weeklystandard.com/william-kristol/three-baby-boom-presidents-would-have-been-enough

[2]  https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/mike-gallagher

[3]  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/04/us/politics/house-vote-republican-health-care-bill.html

[4]  https://gallagher.house.gov/media/press-releases/gallagher-s-statement-tax-reform

[5]  https://wispirg.org/news/wip/wi-members-congress-move-dismantle-dodd-frank-predatory-lending-protections

[6]  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/28/u-s-house-and-senate-members-wisconsin-lawmakers-divided-whether-congress-needs-protect-mueller-inve/466080002

[7] https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/04/04/getting_realistic_on_russia_113280.html

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