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Scott Walker: We Need 'Competent' President, Congress

Sunday, 03 Jul 2011 03:57 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama needs to show some courage in making the bold, tough decisions needed to get the nation’s fiscal house in order.

Both Obama and Congress must push for structural changes to the budget as part of any agreement to raise the country’s debt ceiling, Walker said Sunday, according to The Hill.

“If they fail to do something in response to this debt ceiling limit to structurally change where they're headed, we're in real trouble with the economy,” said Walker on CBS News’ Face the Nation.

The Wisconsin Republican pointed to the Wisconsin budget he signed June 26 which plugged the state’s $3 billion shortfall with spending cuts as an example to Washington.

“We can turn it around state by state. We can turn it around jurisdiction by jurisdiction, but we need a federal government that's competent. And right now, there's not a lot of courage in the Beltway. We need it. We see it in our states. We see it in our cities. We need to have it in Washington.”

Walker signed his first budget for Wisconsin last Sunday. The two-year $66 billion budget covers the state’s shortfall with spending cuts including $1.85 billion in reduced funding for public schools and the state’s university system.

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