U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, released the following statement supporting Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who is fending off attacks from Wisconsin labor unions for legislation that strips public unions of collective bargaining rights. Mr. Walker’s proposed emergency budget bill is meant to help Wisconsin balance the state budget. In his statement, Mr. Boehner said:
“Republicans in Congress – and reform-minded GOP governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie – are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity. I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth.
“According to news reports, the White House has even unleashed the Democratic National Committee to spread disinformation and confusion in Wisconsin regarding the governor’s courageous actions. I urge the president to order the DNC to suspend these tactics. This is not the way you begin an ‘adult conversation’ in America about solutions to the fiscal challenges that are destroying jobs in our country.
“Rather than shouting down those in office who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the president and his advisors should lead. Until they do, they are not focusing on jobs, and they are not listening to the American people who put them in power.”
In an interview with a Milwaukee TV station recorded at the White House and airing this morning, President Obama attacked Gov. Walker’s reforms, which the governor notes are needed to ensure fiscal stability in Wisconsin.