(CNN) – The head of the House Republican campaign arm, Rep. Greg Walden, is getting pushback from both his own party and the White House for bucking the party line and saying the president was wrong to include entitlement changes in his budget proposal.
"I've made it clear that I disagree with what Chairman Walden said," Boehner said in his weekly press conference on Thursday, referring to the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
"I've talked to chairman Walden, and we had a conversation," Boehner added. "We'll leave it at that."
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Walden said Wednesday that Obama's budget "lays out kind of a shocking attack on seniors."
"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," the congressman from Oregon said.
In the budget, Obama backed a popular measure among Republicans called "Chained CPI." The provision measures inflation in a way that would reduce projected federal spending by slowing the growth in federal benefits that are annually adjusted for cost of living. Those include Social Security benefits.
Chained CPI is hotly opposed by liberal Democrats, many of whom are blasting Obama for supporting the measure. Obama's budget also includes $400 billion in cuts from Medicare and other federal health programs.
"I think he's going to have a lot of pushback from some of the major senior organizations on this and Republicans, as well," Walden said.
While he's getting scorned from the right, he's also seeing criticism from the left. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faulted Walden for trying to dismiss a plan advocated by his own party. He argued Walden's comments were simply an example of division within the GOP.
"This is a Republican proposal," Carney said Thursday in the daily press briefing. "And cynical attempts to make it otherwise by some represent, I think, dissonance within the Republican Party, and we've seen plenty of condemnation from conservatives and Republicans of that sort of flagrantly ridiculous and cynical attempt to disown a proposal that emanated from Republican leaders."
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which Walden chairs, released a statement Thursday stating “Chairman Walden supports the budget passed by House Republicans that preserves and protects Medicare and Social Security while also balancing the budget in 10 years. He disagrees with President Obama’s political plan that hurts current seniors just so he can pay for more wasteful spending.”
- CNNMoney's Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report.
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