Boehner shoots down Republican member's criticism
April 11th, 2013
04:11 PM ET
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Boehner shoots down Republican member's criticism

(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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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Pockets

    Wow! The republicans are turning on each other, like mad dogs. They should have seen this coming. Whenever a party in general, or a person in particular, tries to keep power and authority by manipulation and fear, soon the walls that start to crumble, begin to fall down. They lose support from the populace, then the support fails from within. They got by with the ruse for a long time, which I guess is a testament to the lack of education within the nation, but today it's a different story. Today, people see through the lies more quickly.

    April 11, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Larry L

    The comment that $700 Billion was taken from Medicare to fund Obamacare is a lingering example of the distortions used by Republicans to obstruct progress. Speaker Boehner knows that money was taken from savings due to changes in the way Medicare was operated – never to be spent on Medicare. His party offered nothing to help with the healthcare crisis except the model for Obamacare – the program created by the conservative Heratige Foundation and used successfully by then Governor Romney. It was a great idea until the President accepted it to help with America's increase of 7-9% per year in healthcare costs. Certainly the Republicans want to slash Social Security and Medicare – the rich don't need those programs!

    April 11, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    Once the seniors find out what or "IF" they got the shaft – they will Also come out in numbers to Vote out the GOP in the 2014 mid-terms. This just gives more credibility for a Democrat Win , come 2016. I mean, think about it, the GOP doesn't want anybody with at least a common sense approach, ie: C-PAC – they wouldn't invite their OWN – LOL !!
    They truly ARE a piece of Work, aren't they ?

    April 11, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Arun

    The repubes can't have it both ways!! Hey we need to screw everyday hard working american's when they got but oh no, why is Obama talking money away from them. Which one is is?? I still want to know why its called a subsidy when a corporation or farmer gets government money, but at the same time when the middle class and poor get hand me outs its called welfare!! Its all the same thing, people getting money from the government that we the people gave them thru taxes!! Oh, except for the top 1% who stash it in over seas acconts.

    April 11, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Yanni

    At least he will be a hero among the faux news, tea party and the talk radio hosts and the kings of the GOP. He said ridicules thing and now we now his existence. Sadly, this has become a pattern in American politics

    April 11, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. John the Historian

    Boehner you are Catholic and even the the Catholic bishops call your budget immoral !!! Resign now and do the country a favor.

    April 11, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Shorter GOP/Teatrolls: "Hey, idiot, don't you realize we're painted into a certain corner here? All you're doing is getting footprints on our lovely floor paint job!!!!"

    April 11, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Jules

    It is not a cut in benefits, it may make for less in increases based on the way those increases are determined. I am a senior and receive SS and I have no problem with this. It's the scare tactics that get everybody riled up. Think people!!!

    April 11, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. ED FL

    I am surprised that Boehner even knows what he can and should do . He comes off as the town clown .Just walk and smile and do nothing and he still will get paid. For Americas sake hopefully the voters in Ohio will sent him back to whatever /wherever he came from . The GOP knows how to pick successful losers AND THEY SURE PUT THE SCREWS TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC with this pick.

    April 11, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Bill


    Agreed. As I have been saying for the last few years – a party at war with itself. Great stuff.

    April 11, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Pete

    Walden right on some points but lies on others like the 700 billion taken from Medicare,seniors to go to the ACA bill just more lies out of the supposid mouth of babes..Give republicans a chance to defund Medicare,SocialSecurity and they'll do it in a minute and republicans know I'm right..Ever since Pres.Roosevelt inacted SocialSecurity back in the 30s and LBJ and Medicare,Medicaid back in the 60s republicans have been doing their damnest to screw over the only safetynet seniors or disabled people had..Senators,congressmen have 5 insurance plans paid by taxpayers to choose from and one helluva pension plan getting almost 100% of their present income which is about $170,000 year they now recieve only after 5 years of vesting and if you want cry babies take away their health and government pension plans and they'll scream to high heaven won't they..Try putting them in the same boat with us and you'll see these ignorent out of touch republicans and others change their tune and believe me they'll work to keep what's good for them,you as well and you know I'm right don't yah!!

    April 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |