WBEZ | Congressman Joe Walsh http://www.wbez.org/tags/congressman-joe-walsh Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Congressman Joe Walsh says he'll run for re-election in new 8th District http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-joe-walsh-says-hell-run-re-election-new-8th-district-94752 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-09/joe walsh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced Thursday night that he will run for re-election in Illinois’ newly-drawn 8th Congressional district in the western suburbs.</p><p>The state’s congressional boundaries have changed since new census data was released last year. But Republicans have sued the Illinois Board of Elections over the new boundaries, saying they heavily favor Democrats.</p><p>Walsh, a Republican with Tea Party support, currently lives in the newly-drawn 14th Congressional district. If he had run in that district, Walsh would have faced a tough primary opponent against fellow freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.</p><p>“It didn’t just feel right to me to stay out in the 14th (District) in a nice, safe Republican district, take out another Republican in a primary, when the Democrats have drawn an 8th District, my old district – my current district – a new 8th District and reconfigured it to be very Democratic and we Republicans are just going to let that seat go,” Walsh said Thursday night. “It didn’t feel right.”</p><p>Walsh made the announcement to Cook County Tea Party supporters at a bar near Wrigley Field. The Chicago ballpark lies outside the 8th Congressional District.</p><p>Walsh still needs to win the Republican primary, which occurs March 20.</p><p>If he wins, Walsh could face a Democratic opponent, possibly Tammy Duckworth, Raja Krishnamoorthi or another candidate who has not yet filed.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 03:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congressman-joe-walsh-says-hell-run-re-election-new-8th-district-94752 House to vote on Cut, Cap and Balance bill; future of the debt ceiling http://www.wbez.org/story/house-vote-cut-cap-and-balance-bill-future-debt-ceiling-89374 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-19/debt ceiling_ap_Pablo Martinez Monsivais.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Debates over raising the debt ceiling continue in Washington today.&nbsp;The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Republican-backed "<a href="http://www.cutcapandbalanceact.com">Cut, Cap and Balance Act</a>" Tuesday evening, which allows for the debt ceiling to be raised to $2.4 trillion, but would require spending cuts and a new balanced budget.</p><p>But Republican Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh said that though he is supportive of the bill, he fears it won't be passed once it gets to the Democratically led Senate.</p><p>"Instead of being obsessed on this August 2nd date, which the administration is trying to do -- they're lying and they're fear mongering -- we need to make sure we do this right, and if we're going to raise the debt ceiling, we need real structural reform, to make sure that we don't get here again," said Walsh.</p><p>"My fear is, too many politicians up here -- mostly Democrats but too many Republicans -- don’t understand what a unique moment in time we have here. We have an absolute debt crisis, and we have an opportunity to pass real historic change that will make sure we don’t get here again," Walsh added.</p><p>Walsh's colleague, Illinois Democrat Danny Davis, however, said he would not vote for the Cut, Cap and Balance bill. "I will not support anything that is not a balanced approach to meeting the economic needs of our country based upon the debt ceiling, based upon the budget, and based upon where we find money that it is rational to pursue and get," he said.</p><p>Additionally, Davis is worried about the future of programs for those in his state, including Medicaid and Medicare, if the debt ceiling is not raised. "There are individuals who will need Medicare, who will need medical services, and will not be able to get them, and they will go to the graveyard sooner," he said. "They will go and see the undertaker."</p><p>As for Republican Mitch McConnell's plan to raise the debt ceiling, Walsh said he is "vehemently against it. It goes against everything we stand for. It basically allows the president to raise the debt ceiling and then Congress is allowed to voice their disapproval of it. What is that? That’s abdicating our responsibility....I understand why McConnell put it forward; he’s frustrated because he’s dealing with the President, who just doesn’t get it. But still, it’s Congress' job to lead."</p><p>President Obama has promised to veto the Cut, Cap and Balance Act if it lands on his desk. But he said at a news conference today that there could be a path to a deal on deficit cuts, through a plan put together by the "Gang of Six" senators from both parties, including Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/house-vote-cut-cap-and-balance-bill-future-debt-ceiling-89374 Representative Schakowsky calls Congressman Walsh 'crazy' for his comments about debt ceiling http://www.wbez.org/story/representative-schakowsky-calls-congressman-walsh-crazy-his-comments-about-debt-ceiling-89172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/janschakowsky_ap_Lauren Victoria Burke.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky lashed out at her Republican colleague Joe Walsh today for accusing President Obama of lying about the debt ceiling.</p><p>Walsh released a video yesterday accusing the White House of using scare tactics in the debate about raising the national debt limit.</p><p>"Calling President Obama a liar about the default, when every single economist has said how devastating this would be – for Joe Walsh to say the nation’s markets won’t be affected - Is he kidding? Is he crazy? What is it?" said the Congresswoman.</p><p>She also argued that the Republicans are "irresponsible" for sticking with their plan to cut spending but not raise taxes, and said that, "To now hold that rather perfunctory and essential process hostage to their ideological crusade to cut essential government programs while not raising one penny of taxes for the wealthiest or for corporations, is utterly irresponsible."</p><p>Moody’s has already warned that they would degrade the standing of our bonds, and this is Armageddon, economically," she added.</p><p>President Obama says the country will default if Congress doesn't increase the debt limit by August 2nd.</p><p>As for reports that the President "walked out of" debt discussions, Schakowsky smacked down those allegations.</p><p>"The president ended the meeting, the meeting was over," she said.</p><p>A Walsh spokesman did not return a call for comment.</p></p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/representative-schakowsky-calls-congressman-walsh-crazy-his-comments-about-debt-ceiling-89172