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James T. Walsh

Jim Walsh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Sherwood Boehlert
Succeeded by Dan Maffei
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by George C. Wortley
Succeeded by Bill Paxon
Personal details
Born (1947-06-19) June 19, 1947
Syracuse, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) DeDe Walsh
Children Jed, Ben, Maureen, Pat
Parents William F. Walsh, Mary Dorsey Walsh
Residence Syracuse, New York, Washington, D.C.
Alma mater St. Bonaventure University
Occupation Lobbyist, Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

James Thomas "Jim" Walsh (born June 19, 1947)[1][2][3] is an American Republican politician from Syracuse, New York.[2][4][5] Currently a government affairs counselor for K & L Gates in Washington, DC,[6][7] Walsh retired from the United States House of Representatives in 2009 after serving for twenty years.[2][4][7] Walsh represented a portion of Central New York,[1][5] that is now known as the state's 24th Congressional District.

While in Congress, Walsh was a member of the United States House Committee on Appropriations for 16 years, also chairing several of its subcommittees. As chair of the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, alone, Walsh had spending oversight of more than $100 billion during the 109th Congress. In his capacities as chair and member of committees, subcommittees, and caucuses in Congress, Walsh secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds for veterans affairs, healthcare, technology, the environment, higher educational institutions, and many other areas.

Walsh was further active in the peace process in Iraq War, caused Walsh's views to gain headlines in the news media, as well as for additionally desiring a gradual withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

For one decade during the 1970s and 1980s, Walsh was active on the Syracuse City Council, serving as its leader for five years. In 1999, he issued a challenge with several goals that is known as The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) for revitalization of the city. The many phases of SNI have been successful in improving neighborhoods and housing in numerous areas of the city.

Generally known as a moderate Republican, Walsh currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Dede. Walsh's father, William F. Walsh, served as Mayor of Syracuse during the 1960s, as well as a Republican Congress Member of the House of Representatives in the 1970s.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Early career 2
    • Syracuse City Council 2.1
  • United States House of Representatives 3
    • Elections 3.1
    • Political views 3.2
    • Tenure and political positions 3.3
      • The War in Iraq 3.3.1
      • Veterans affairs 3.3.2
        • MilQual budget appropriations 3.3.2.1
        • Healthcare improvements for veterans 3.3.2.2
        • Hancock Air National Guard Base 3.3.2.3
        • 2008 National Military Appreciation Month event 3.3.2.4
      • Healthcare and related issues 3.3.3
        • Hearing health 3.3.3.1
        • Child nutrition 3.3.3.2
        • Stem cell research 3.3.3.3
      • Ireland, Northern Ireland, Peace Process, and Walsh Visa 3.3.4
      • Immigration 3.3.5
      • The environment 3.3.6
        • Global warming 3.3.6.1
        • Erie Canal and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor 3.3.6.2
        • Onondaga Lake clean-up 3.3.6.3
        • US Botanic Garden restoration 3.3.6.4
      • Peace Corps expansion 3.3.7
      • Federal funding for technology-related projects 3.3.8
      • Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative 3.3.9
      • Higher education institutional support 3.3.10
        • St. Bonaventure University 3.3.10.1
        • Rochester Institute of Technology 3.3.10.2
        • Syracuse University 3.3.10.3
      • Online poker and Internet gambling 3.3.11
      • Endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for President in 2008 3.3.12
      • Official congressional blog 3.3.13
    • Committee assignments and duties 3.4
    • Honors and awards 3.5
    • Reflections of others 3.6
  • Retirement and post-congressional work 4
  • Community involvement 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Walsh was born in Syracuse, New York,[1][2][3][5][8] and graduated from St. Bonaventure University[1][2][3][5][7][8] with a bachelor's degree in history.[2] He served in the Peace Corps[1][2][5][7][8] in Nepal[2][7][9] from 1970–1972[5][7][8][10][11] as an agricultural extension agent.[7]

Early career

Walsh's early employment included that as a Social Services[3] income examiner,[2][8] and telephone company executive[1][3][5][7][8] with both AT&T[2][7] and NYNEX Telecommunications.[2][3][7] He served as Director of the Telecommunication Institute at the SUNY Utica-Rome,[2][3][5][7][8] and taught telecommunication policy as an adjunct professor.[7]

Syracuse City Council

At the same time, from 1978–1988,[12] Walsh served on the City Council in Syracuse,[2][3][12] New York both as a member and President.[1][3][8][12] for five consecutive years in each position.[12] During his 10 years on Syracuse's City Council,[12] Walsh dedicated himself to improving and restoring the city.[12]

United States House of Representatives

Elections

Walsh ran as a Republican,[1][3][5][8] and won a seat in the US House of Representatives in 1988[2] in what was then the 27th District,[5] handily defeating state Public Service Commissioner Rosemary S. Pooler.

Walsh was re-elected nine times,[1][4] usually by fairly comfortable margins. The district, which was renumbered as the 25th District after the 1990 census, swung heavily to the Democrats during the 1990s at all levels. He faced a reasonably well-financed challenge from Cortland attorney Marty Mack,[8] and was held to only 53 percent of the vote.[8] In 2006, however, he was nearly defeated by former congressional aide Dan Maffei,[4][8] winning by only a 51% to 49% margin.[8] Only a strong showing in the more rural areas of the district allowed Walsh to keep his seat.

With Maffei priming for a rematch against Walsh in 2008, Walsh announced that January that he would not run for an 11th term.[4] Maffei won the seat in November.[4]

Political views

Walsh is generally thought of as a conservative Republican in his views and perspectives on political issues.

In the 109th Congress, Walsh voted along Republican party lines for 84% of his votes.[13] In the 110th Congress, Walsh's votes placed him as a centrist between Democrats and Republicans.[14]

Throughout his twenty years in Congress, Walsh introduced 53 bills, co-sponsored nearly 1,700 bills, and enacted 10 bills.[15]

Tenure and political positions

The War in Iraq

On September 10, 2007, Walsh stated that he favors a gradual withdrawal of American forces from

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George C. Wortley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

1989–1993
Succeeded by
Bill Paxon
Preceded by
Sherwood Boehlert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

1993–2009
Succeeded by
Dan Maffei

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Walsh, James T., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Washington, DC, Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad Congressman James T. Walsh, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar James Walsh' biography, Project Vote Smart, Philipsburg, MT: Project Vote Smart, 2014, Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Saying goodbye to Congressman James Walsh, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 28 December 2008, Sieh, M., Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Jim Walsh remembered: Herald American profile from 1988, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, Repost 21 January 2008 by Carlic, S., Original 30 October 1988 by Kane, D., & Bramstedt, C., Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i James T. Walsh: Government affairs counselor: Overview, K & L Gates LLP, Washington, DC: K & L Gates LLP, 2014, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao Board of directors: James T. Walsh, Onondaga Environmental Institute, Syracuse, NY: Onondaga Environmental Institute, 2008, Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb Biographical profile for James T. Walsh, Vote NY, Reston, VA: Vote USA, Undated, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e The Peace Corps: 10,000 volunteers by the year 2000: Hearing before the Committee on International Relations – House of Representatives: Statement of Hon. James T. Walsh, a representative in Congress from the State of New York, pp. 21–22, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 18 March 1998, Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d Jim Walsh wants to bring the soldiers home, Peace Corps Online, 13 September 2007, Dawson, E., Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e f James Walsh writes: My Iraq journal, Peace Corps Online, 11 September 2007, Cubbison, B., Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Congressman James T. Walsh: The Syracuse Common Council, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Butler, D., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  13. ^ The U.S. Congress votes database: James T. Walsh, The Washington Post, Washington, DC: The Washington Post, Undated, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  14. ^ Rep. James "Jim" Walsh, GovTrack.us, Washington, DC: Civic Impulse, LLC, Undated, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  15. ^ James T. Walsh, Watchdog.net, Undated, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  16. ^ a b c d e f Congressman James T. Walsh: Veterans affairs, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Kelvie, B., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i Walsh Letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne regarding M-16s and MQ-9s, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, 23 May 2006, Walsh, J.T., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  18. ^ Letter to Walsh from Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne, US Department of Defense: Secretary of the Air Force, 1 August 2006, Wynne, M.W., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  19. ^ a b c d USO to host Capitol Hill care package stuffing event: Congress and USO team up to support the troops as part of National Military Appreciation Month, US Congressman Jeff Miller, US House of Representatives, 22 May 2008, Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  20. ^ a b c d 42 USC 280g-1: Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding hearing loss in newborns and infants, United States Code, Washington, DC: United States House of Representatives, Undated, Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  21. ^ a b Congressman James T. Walsh: Newborn and infant hearing screening, St. Bonaventure University: Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  22. ^ a b Jim's journal, entry #060720: Stem cell research, US House of Representatives, Walsh, J.T., 2006.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Congressman James T. Walsh: Congressman Walsh's online journal 2006–2008, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library Archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  24. ^ a b c d James Walsh's voting records on issue: Stem cell research, Project Vote Smart, Philipsburg, MT, Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  25. ^ a b c d e f Congressman James T. Walsh: Irish affairs, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Agan, M., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  26. ^ a b c d e Embassy of the United States, Dublin – Ireland: Walsh Visa Program, Embassy of the United States, Dublin – Ireland, Washington, DC, Undated, Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  27. ^ a b Congressman Higgins returns from Irish peace talks and announces Gerry Adams visit to Buffalo, Congressman Brian Higgins Western New York, United States Congress, Cheektowaga, NY, 20 January 2006, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  28. ^ a b Van Hollen and bipartisan coalition introduce global warming bill, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC, 30 March 2004, Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  29. ^ Higgins adds support for Erie Canal Heritage Act, Congressman Brian Higgins Western New York, Washington, DC: United States Congress, 12 May 2005, Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  30. ^ a b c d e f Congressman James T. Walsh: Onondaga Lake, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Bemis, K., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Congressman James T. Walsh: Technology, St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Memorial Library archives, St. Bonaventure, NY, Spring 2009, Barthomay, R., Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  32. ^ a b Honeywell donation supports Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative Park Avenue Revitalization Project: $200,000 will help refurbish homes and provide neighborhood improvements, Honeywell: Onondaga Lake Cleanup, Syracuse, NY: Honeywell International, Inc., 20 March 2006, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  33. ^ a b Six Syracuse neighborhoods share $1.2 million to improve housing, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 31 March 2008, Sieh, M., Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g News Release: Reps. Slaughter and Walsh announce $1.5 million for Rochester Institute of Technology, Representative Louise Slaughter, Washington, DC, 31 July 2001, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  35. ^ HR 4411: Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 13 July 2006, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  36. ^ HR: 4777: Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 22 September 2006, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  37. ^ Congressional endorsements for the 2008 United States presidential election: Wikis, The Full Wiki, 2008, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  38. ^ Rudy Giuliani-Organization, New York, Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, 17 October 2007, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  39. ^ Rudy's back! But will he run for gov?, Real Clear Politics, 25 July 2008, Wilson, R., Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  40. ^ a b c Rudy Giuliani 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mayor-NY City; Press release – Congressman Jim Walsh announces support for Mayor Giuliani, The American Presidency Project, 6 March 2007, Peters, G., Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  41. ^ a b c d e Hearing of the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process on biennial budgeting: Statement of Congressman James T. Walsh, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, Washington, DC, Undated, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  42. ^ a b c Former Congressman James Walsh is now free to lobby, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 9 February 2010, Weiner, M., Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  43. ^ a b c d e f g Letter to Walsh and Mollohan from Barney Frank regarding Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, 10 November 2004, Frank, B., Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  44. ^ Lewis announces Appropriations Subcommittee assignments and ranking members, Appropriations Committee, Washington, DC, 11 January 2007, Lewis, J., Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  45. ^ Letter from Maloney and Miller to Obey and Walsh regarding OSHA, Congress of the United States, Washington, DC, 4 June 2008, Maloney, C.B., & Miller, G., Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  46. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Jim Walsh, Source Watch, Undated, Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  47. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n K & L Gates: James T. Walsh: Government affairs counselor: Additional background, K & L Gates, Washington, DC: K & L Gates, 2014, Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  48. ^ Congressman Walsh wins Carrier Award, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2003.
  49. ^ a b Congressman Jim Walsh announces support for Mayor Giuliani, 4 President.org, 7 March 2007, Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  50. ^ a b c d e Former Rep. James Walsh named a top lobbyist in Washington, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 9 November 2013, Weiner, M., Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  51. ^ a b c Walsh, William Francis, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, Washington, DC: US Congress, Undated, Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  52. ^ a b c William F. Walsh, former Syracuse mayor and congressman, dies at 98, The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Media Group, 8 January 2011, Weiner, M., Retrieved 21 January 2014.

References

Walsh is the son of William and Mary Walsh.[2] Walsh's father, William F. Walsh,[1][2][3][8][51][52] served as Mayor of Syracuse from 1961–1969,[3][4][51][52] and represented both Central New York and the Finger Lakes region in the US House of Representatives from 1973–1979.[3][51][52]

For recreation, Walsh enjoys skiing,[3][8] hunting,[3][8] and fishing.[3][8] In Syracuse, Walsh attended Most Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.[3][8]

Walsh is married to wife, DeDe,[3][4][5][7][8] and has three adult children,[7][8] Jed, Ben, and Maureen.[3][4][5]

Personal life

Walsh is currently treasurer and board member of the US Association of Former Members of Congress.[47] He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Ireland Program;[3][47] Cooperation Ireland;[7][47] the Onondaga Environmental Institute;[7][47] the US Soccer Foundation;[7][47] the Finger Lakes Land Trust;[47] and the American League of Lobbyists.[47] Additional board memberships include those with the Otisco Lake Association,[3][7] the Onondaga Anglers Association,[3][7] and the Oneida Lake Association.[3][7]

Additionally, Walsh is a supporter of the Destiny USA project in Syracuse. Walsh has also been a member of the 9 Mile Republican Club,[3][46] an advisory council member for Catholic Schools,[3][46] and Director of RESULTS, a group that is committed to ending hunger and fighting poverty.[46]

Walsh is active as a board member in several community organizations,[3][8][46] with some having included Vera House,[3][8][46] the Erie Canal Museum,[3][7][8][46] the Syracuse Children's Chorus,[8] and the Everson Museum of Art.[3][8][46] He is also a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership[8] and ConservAmerica, formerly known as the Republicans for Environmental Protection.[8][46]

Community involvement

In 2013, Walsh was named to The Hill's list of Top Lobbyists 2013.[50] Individuals named to this list have proven themselves as being able "to make things happen in Washington."[50]

After retiring from the U.S. House, Walsh became a lobbyist and government affairs counselor for K & L Gates in Washington, DC.[6][7][42][50] K & L Gates is a law firm that maintains 48 offices throughout the world on five continents.[50]

Retirement and post-congressional work

Rudy Giuliani has worked with Walsh, and made a statement in 2007 regarding his work with him.[40][49]

Reflections of others

Walsh also received the John Phillip Sousa Distinguished Service Award in recognition for his efforts at preserving the historic Congressional Cemetery.[7]

Further, he was honored with the Capital Award from the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC in 2001;[47] Affordable Housing Champion from the National Council of State Housing Agencies in Washington, DC in 2000;[7][47] and the Flax Trust Award from Flax Trust in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1997.[7][47]

Walsh has also received many additional awards, including the Exemplary Legislator Award from the Washington, DC National Alliance on Mental Illness – Veterans Council in 2006;[47] Legislator of the Year from Washington, DC's Congressional Fire Services Institute in 2004;[7][47] and Distinguished Service Award from The American Ireland Fund in Washington, DC in 2001.[7][47]

In June 2003, The Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems,[48] an industry group, presented Congressman Walsh with the Syracuse University Willis H. Carrier Award. This award serves to honor Walsh for his years of service and commitment to protecting the environment and for helping to foster an economic hub for environmental technology through his financial support of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems (CoE-ES) and the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center (NYIEQ).

In 2002, Walsh received a 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his efforts in working to promote the Irish Peace Process.[7][8] The award was presented to Walsh by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations,[8] headquartered in New York City.[47]

Honors and awards

Despite the growing Democratic trend in his district, Walsh was able to hold onto his seat due to his long tenure on the House Appropriations Committee.[8][17][34][41][42][43] He was chairman of the Subcommittees on the Departments of Veterans Affairs,[2][17][43] and Housing and Urban Development,[2][8][34][41][43] and Independent Agencies from 2001 to 2007,[8][43] thus making him one of the so-called "College of Cardinals," or "Cardinals of Spending,"[16] of the House due to his influence on national spending policies.[8][16] It is considered very difficult to unseat an Appropriations Committee member, especially if he or she is a "Cardinal."

Committee assignments and duties

No longer maintained by the US House of Representatives since Walsh is not currently a congress member is his official congressional blog of two years, from 2006–2008.[23] Walsh titled his congressional blog, "Jim's Journal,"[23] and it consisted of 24 entries on various political topics.[23] Walsh created the congressional blog to better-inform his constituents about his perspectives.[23] Brief summaries of Walsh's congressional blog are currently housed in the Friedsam Memorial Library Archives[23] of his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University.[23]

Official congressional blog

Walsh was also a prominent endorser of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.[37][38] In 2007, Giuliani gave $20,000 to four Congress members, including Walsh.[39]

Endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for President in 2008

Walsh is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored House Resolution (H.R.) 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act[35] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[36]

Online poker and Internet gambling

Walsh is considered an influential figure in the sustaining of Syracuse University (SU). He has helped get funding for many projects run by SU, including Chancellor Nancy Cantor's Connective Corridor project.

Syracuse University

Walsh has supported endeavors for the development of technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), as announced in a 2001 press release from the Office of Congress Member Louise Slaughter.[34] Walsh and Slaughter announced that the House had passed a measure to provide the monies to RIT for the development of the Forest Fires Imaging Experimental System (FIRES), an experimental early warning and detection system regarding forest fires.[34]

Rochester Institute of Technology

Included in the receipt of federal funds proposed by Walsh was his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University,[31] in the construction and establishment of the William F. Walsh Science Center,[31] named in honor of his father, in 2002,[31] as well as for the renovation of the university's existing science building, De La Roche Hall.[31] Federal monies secured for the Walsh Science Center totaled $4.5 million,[31] while nearly $1 million was obtained through HUD for refurbishment of De La Roche Hall.[31]

St. Bonaventure University

Higher education institutional support

The year 2008 saw Walsh's efforts for SNI achieve $1.2 million in federal funding for Phase VIII of the project.[33] At that time, Walsh had secured more than $50 million in federal housing funding for the revitalization and improvement program.[33]

In 2004, Walsh secured nearly $5 million in federal funding for the SNI's Phase VI continued revitalization efforts for the City of Syracuse.[32]

In 1999, Walsh issued a challenge called The Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative (SNI) in support of these endeavors.[12] Goals of the Initiative included: "1) To position our neighborhoods to successfully compete for investment; 2) To improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods; 3) To strengthen community; [and] 4) To help neighborhood residents to build assets."[12]

Syracuse Neighborhood Initiative

Throughout his tenure in Congress, Walsh secured numerous technology-related grants, federal monies, and support valued at hundreds of millions of dollars[31] for New York State[31] and other states in America, a few of which include Michigan,[31] Tennessee,[31] and Florida.[31]

Federal funding for technology-related projects

In 1998, the US House of Representatives considered expanding the Peace Corps,[9] and Walsh spoke in Nepalese in a statement to the Committee on International Relations,[9] expressing about his experiences as well as his support for the expansion of the program.[9]

Peace Corps expansion

Walsh also led the restoration effort of the historic US Botanic Garden, one of the oldest in North America.[8]

US Botanic Garden restoration

A supporter of cleaning up[7][23][30] Onondaga Lake[7][23][30] in New York State near Syracuse, Walsh achieved the securing of $160 million in federal funds for the effort.[2][7] Following many years of pollution by industrial waste and sewage overflow,[2][30] the lake had become a public hazard.[2][30] The clean-up efforts have vastly improved the water quality of the lake, having reduced pollution and improved sewage treatment,[2][30] as well as contributing to the area's economic value through tourism.[30]

Onondaga Lake clean-up

In 2005, Walsh and Congress Member Brian Higgins worked together on a bipartisan approach to seeking funding for the redefinition of the New York State Canal System to be associated with the Erie Canal and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act of 2000.[29]

Erie Canal and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

In 2004, Walsh was among co-sponsors of a US House bill to combat global warming.[28] The bill was the first of its kind to be introduced in the US House of Representatives.[28]

Global warming

The environment

Further, Walsh made efforts to assist many immigrants in the United States with obtaining citizenship.[4]

Immigration

In 2006, Walsh and both Congress Members Brian Higgins and Tim Murphy met with several government leaders in Ireland in which there was a confirmation announcement of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) weapons decommissioning.[27] Government leaders with whom the three congress members met included Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain, US Ambassador to Ireland James C. Kenny, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert H. Tuttle, and the leadership of each of the main political parties involved in the process for peace.[27]

Through his efforts at promoting peace in Northern Ireland in the 1990s,[25] created and established in 1998 was the Walsh Visa program,[25][26] an exchange program for Irish adults to spend up to two years in the US,[25][26] gaining enriching employment, educational, and conflict resolution experiences.[25] The Walsh Visa program, also known as The Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program,[26] was sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of European Affairs, ending in 2008.[26]

Walsh is also known for his active and consistent efforts at supporting peace for Northern Ireland.[2][4][8] In 1995, Walsh was the chair of an historic delegation from Congress to Northern Ireland with President Bill Clinton, being the first visit of this type by a sitting US President.[8][25] Following that time, Walsh led additional delegations, and was a Distinguished Delegation member, accompanying Clinton to Ireland in 1998 after the ratification of the Good Friday Agreement.[8][25]

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Peace Process, and Walsh Visa

Walsh has been an advocate of stem cell research, although he is opposed to using embryos as a source of the stem cells for such research.[22] Walsh explained in his former congressional blog in entry #2 about these of his perspectives regarding stem cell research.[22][23] In votes recorded from 1996–2007,[24] however, he has consistently voted against bills regarding stem cell research,[24] human cloning,[24] and human embryo research.[24]

Stem cell research

As a leader in child nutrition in the US, Walsh is nationally-recognized through his support of both The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Women with Infants and Children program (WIC).[8] In the US House of Representatives, Walsh also sponsored the Hunger Has a Cure bill.[8]

Child nutrition

Walsh was active in the passage of an act that guaranteed hearing screenings for newborns and infants.[2][8][20] In 1991, Walsh sponsored and introduced the Hearing Loss Testing Act.[21] The Newborn and Infant Screening and Intervention Program Act was authored and sponsored, mainly, by Walsh in 1999.[8][21] On March 11, 2009, the act was renamed as the James T. Walsh Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program,[20] and was identified within 42 United States Code 280g-1.[20] The Act is for "the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding hearing loss in newborns and infants," and includes several provisions so that these endeavors may be accomplished.[20]

Hearing health

Healthcare and related issues

[19] Walsh attended an event on

2008 National Military Appreciation Month event

Walsh proposed many bills aimed at funding for, and was supportive of, the former Hancock Air National Guard Base in Syracuse during his tenure in Congress.[2][17][18] Constructed in 1941, the base was used during World War II.[2] Today, the base has been converted into the Syracuse Hancock International Airport,[2] serving more than 2 million air travelers each year.[2]

Hancock Air National Guard Base

Walsh secured improvements in care for American veterans, particularly those in the Syracuse, New York area.[16] Included in federal funding secured by Walsh was $3.8 million that was used in the construction of the Syracuse Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center Emergency Department,[16] as well as $3.5 million for the medical center's MRI facility,[16] and additional federal monies for the Spinal Cord Injury Center addition in 2008.[16]

Healthcare improvements for veterans

As Chair of the Appropriation's Committee's Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies during the 109th Congress,[8] Walsh chaired Chair of MilQual,[8] the third largest of the 10 appropriations budgets at approximately $115 billion.[8] In that capacity, Walsh had spending oversight for the Department of Veterans Affairs,[8] Defense health programs,[8] as well as all Department of Defense installation construction/improvement, and military family housing accounts.[8]

MilQual budget appropriations

Veterans affairs

Walsh supported a bipartisan bill that would set a withdrawal[10][11] date for American troops to leave Iraq.

[11] and finding that the Iraqi government and military have not done enough on their end.[11][10][4] Walsh claims that it was a result of personally going to Iraq,[4]

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