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Apr 10, 2013

NRCC’s Walden Launches an Attack on Compromise

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden must retract and apologize for his outrageous, breathtaking hypocrisy in attacking President Obama’s budget and reforms to Social Security that his own Republican leadership has been demanding for months.

During a CNN interview today, Walden attacked President Obama for proposing Chained CPI—despite the fact that House Republicans have spent months calling for Chained CPI to reform Social Security. Walden also repeated a discredited attack about Medicare ‘cuts’ in the Affordable Care Act that Walden, himself, voted to support in the Republican budget this year.

“Republican leaders should be embarrassed by Chairman Walden’s naked hypocrisy and partisanship that is getting in the way of solutions and compromise on our budget,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans have been demanding this reform to Social Security that President Obama included in his budget, and Chairman Walden must retract and apologize for attacking the President for compromising on demands from Walden’s own leadership. This kind of blind partisanship, ideology and dysfunction is exactly why the Republican Congress is less popular than head lice.  Americans want real solutions to the problems facing the middle class, and Chairman Walden has proved once again that House Republicans are not interested in solutions and compromise—only in partisanship and political point scoring.”

A transcript of Chairman Walden’s remarks to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is below.

WALDEN: Well, I thought it very intriguing in that the budget really lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors, if you will. And we haven't seen all the detail yet, and we'll look at it, but I'll tell you, when you're going after seniors the way he's already done on Obamacare, taking $700 billion out of Medicare to put into Obamacare, and now coming back at seniors again, I think you're crossing that line very quickly here in terms of denying access to seniors for health care in districts like mine, certainly, and around the country. I think he's going to have a lot of pushback from some of the major senior organizations on this and Republicans, as well.

And this is a budget that doesn't balance. At the end of the day, you can have all the flowery rhetoric, but I'm a numbers guy and this doesn't add up. It does not balance. We've passed the Ryan budget. It does balance in ten years; it will put us on a path to grow the economy and jobs. And, again, gets us to where we have a balanced budget. This is 65 days late and it doesn't add up.

BLITZER: Well, let's talk about these proposed changes that the president is putting forward when it comes to Social Security and Medicare, the shocking proposals that you say the president's putting forward that could affect seniors. What's so shocking about changing that CPI, that consumer price index the way that you would determine how much inflation would go ahead with increases for Social Security recipients, for example?

WALDEN: Well, once again, you're trying to balance this budget on the backs of seniors and I just think it's not the right way to go.

BACKGROUND: 

Politico: House Republican Leaders Welcomed Chained CPI. According to Politico: “House Republican leaders did give Obama credit for including something known as ‘chained CPI’ in the spending plan, which would slow the rate of growth for Social Security benefits. They were on message in calling for Obama to help them enact policies they agree on, without coming to terms on a large-scale deficit busting package. ‘He does deserve some credit for some incremental entitlement reforms he has outlined in his budget. I would hope that he would not hold hostage these modest reforms for his demand for bigger tax hikes. Why don’t we do what we agree to do? Why don’t [we] find the common ground that we do have and move on that?,’ Boehner asked, while accusing Obama of ‘backtracking’ on other entitlement reforms the two had discussed in negotiations last year.” [Politico, 4/10/13] 

·         Headline: Republicans applaud chained CPI in Obama budget [Politico, 4/09/13]

·         Headline: GOP: Enact chained CPI now [Politico, 4/10/13]