NRCC Head Greg Walden: Something is 'Terribly Wrong in Washington'

Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 08:55 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama "denies his failures instead of learning from them," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden in Saturday's GOP weekly address, and the nation is "fed up" with Washington.

"No matter where you stand on the issues, this much is clear — something has gone terribly wrong in Washington," said Walden, who represents Oregon's Second District in the House. "Americans have good reason to be fed up."

The Obama administration is one that "trusts government, that spends rather than saves, that believes change comes from desks in Washington," said Walden.

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The problems start at the top, said Walden, with a president who is "disengaged when he should be leading," and who is "so unwilling to challenge or even manage the big bureaucracies that our government cannot provide basic services to our veterans."

Republicans want to do things differently, said Walden, and this November, voters will be concerned about jobs, the economy, and "absolutely" about Obamacare.

Meanwhile, he said, the Republican-controlled House has passed more than 40 jobs bills that the president and the Democratic-controlled Senate refuse to consider

"We have an economy leaving people behind, a debt bigger than the size of our economy, a humanitarian crisis at our southern border, the IRS targeting Americans for their political beliefs, [and] the rolling disaster that is Obamacare," said Walden.

But instead of solving the problems he promised to handle, the NRCC leader said, the president has become part of those issues.

Walden said voters will have the opportunity to make things better through the November midterm election, when "in 94 days, we get to do more than just hope."

Accountability is something that the NRCC takes seriously, said Walden, who noted that as a representative, he hears from people every day "who are about at the end of their rope."

House candidates are "just as frustrated as you are; they are leaders who are ready to serve."

He pointed out "just some of our great candidates," including, in Arizona, retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat.

In Texas, former CIA agent Will Hurd, now a successful businessman, is dealing first-hand with the consequences of immigration; in Minnesota, Torrey Westrom is speaking with families and farmers about anti-energy policies and taxes; and Florida's Carlos Curbelo is a son of Cuban exiles and a Miami-Dade County School Board member.

"These are just some of our great candidates, and I invite you to visit to learn more about them," said Walden. "This is one of those moments when Americans can seize the initiative for ourselves."

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