Gov. Bill Walker was at the White House Friday with six other new governors meeting with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and members of Obama’s Cabinet. According to national media accounts, Obama said that the new governors “represent a wide variety of states but they all have a common interest.” That common interest is to ensure that their constituents “are able to gain opportunity, work hard, prosper, feel secure. And that happens best when we work together.”
During an hour-long meeting with Obama and the governors in the Oval Office, Walker said that he talked to Obama about infrastructure, the high cost of energy in the state, and about the natural gas pipeline, something that Obama was “very receptive to,” Walker said.
“Today’s meetings opened the door for potential opportunities to expedite the process for achieving an all-Alaska gas line,” Walker said.
Walker was the only independent in the group, a fact, according to a press release, that Obama acknowledged.
Other governor’s in attendance were: Greg Abbott (R-Texas), Charlie Baker (R-Massachusetts), Larry Hogan (R-Maryland), Gina Raimondo (D-Rhode Island), Bruce Rauner (R-Illinois) and Tom Wolf (D-Pennsylvania).
While in D.C., Walker met with the governor’s D.C. office staff, stopped by the National Governor’s Association Office and attended a briefing at Department of Homeland Security.