(VIDEO) Governor Scott Walker Discusses Controversial Labor Bill He Signed Into Law
by TexasGOPVote on March 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker went "On the Record" Friday to discuss his controversial labor bill and an emergency lawsuit filed against the bill. View the video clip and transcript below:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: He won, and today he won twice. First Governor Scott Walker signs a controversial labor bill that he fought for. And then he had a second win. The Wisconsin governor dodges a temporary restraining order, since right after the governor signed the bill a Democratic Dane County executive Kathleen Falk filed an emergency lawsuit against the secretary of state, the senate majority leader, and speaker of the assembly speaking to stop publication of the law.
She lost at least this round, but this distribute does not appear to be over. Governor Scott Walker joins us. Good evening, sir.
GOV. SCOTT WALKER, (R) WISCONSIN: Good evening, good to be with you, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Sir, explain to me this publication. You've instructed the secretary of state to publish this law on Monday. Is he going to do it?
WALKER: It remains to be seen. It is a common procedure. By law he has up to 10 working days to publish this law that I signed into law today and that he actually signed. It just still has to be published. He has not made it clear whether he will do it money or wait the full 10 days.
The bottom line it was signed into law and it now has become the law of the state of Wisconsin.
VAN SUSTEREN: It there any suggestion that he won't publish it within 10 days or he will never publish it, that he will pocket veto it or sit on it? Any possibility that could happen, because he's a Democrat, you're a Republican.
WALKER: He cannot. The most he can do is publication for the full 10 working days. But it's largely a ceremonial condition. What effectively made it law was me signing it this morning at about 9:30 central time.
And again, this is the formality of going through with publishing this. It is not something he has a choice in doing. It is required by law. The question is does he do it Monday or wait the full 10 days?
VAN SUSTEREN: Wednesday there will be a hearing whether the procedure was constitutional or not and a judge will decide that.
WALKER: It is very clear to me that it is. The bottom line is Senate chief clerk which has worked for Democrats and Republicans, someone well respected by both parties, very clearly told the Senate that what they did was legal and proper.
And for people complaining about the procedure this measure has been there for a month, and for three weeks Democrats have been out of the state. The only reason they didn't have a chance to vote on it and the people they represent was left out in the cold was because they chose not to do their job.
VAN SUSTEREN: In light of the signing of the bill, the 1,500 people who were targeted for possible lay-offs, are they now -- they are not going to the get the pink slips now based on this event. WALKER: Right. They are absolutely safe this morning. As I was preparing to sign the bill we put out notice to the unions those 1,500 jobs are no longer at risk for lay-offs. What we did with this budget reform was protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. That's what this is about.
At the same time we are going to make our government work better in the state of Wisconsin. When Mitch Daniels did this six years ago in Indiana the state become more effective, more efficient and it was better for not only the taxpayers in terms of cost it was better in terms of the people who wanted good services and for the workers who are doing a great job because they are the people who benefit the most from this.
VAN SUSTEREN: I realize you are in charge of Wisconsin. But is this a bigger political issue that you think will become part of the dialogue in 2012 in public unions?
WALKER: I don't know about the next election. I do think it will be part of the dialogue across the country in the next year or two. Nearly every state in this country faces a major deficit, and obviously the federal government bigger than any us are facing not only in dollars but in terms of percentage.
My hope is that leaders will see across the country you can do what you say you were going to do, stand up and make tough decisions and make a commitment so our children don't face even more dire consequences. That's what this is about. We led the nation in the 90s under Tommy Thompson we it came to welfare reform. We can lead the nation when it comes to fiscal and budgetary reform as well.
VAN SUSTEREN: The Democrats are pretty mad at you, aren't they? WALKER: Absolutely. Greta, as you know for eight years before this I was a local official, county executive in Milwaukee County, a county that has never elected a Republican before, and yet I was elected three times because we identified our problems, solutions and did what so many failed to do, we delivered on those promises.
What I think now more than ever what people want who are leaders who stand up tell the truth, provide leadership and get the job done. That's what not only I've done but those courageous leaders in the state assembly and Senate did, including one independent who said is enough is enough. It is time to start balancing our budget while we can protect middle class jobs and property taxpayers, and that's what we are doing.
The Democrats, the liberal ones don't want that. But every day we go forward from this point on they will see this was the right thing to do.
VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, thank you. I think it is not totally over. Thank you, governor.
WALKER: Good to be with you.
VAN SUSTEREN: Straight ahead, "The Best of the Rest." Charlie Sheen's co-star actor Jon Cryer has a very dark secret, one his parents didn't even know about until now. And now Charlie Sheen has busted him, telling all. Jon Cryer joins you next. Also, check this out, a miniature monkey dressed in human clothes. But what's more bizarre where it spends most of its days. Will there be an NFL season? Big names want to know. So does Rush Limbaugh. Rush will tell you what he thinks, next. VAN SUSTEREN: You have seen our top stories, but here is "The Best of the Rest."
Actor Jon Cryer knows too well about sticks and stones. He is responding to some harsh name-calling by his former "Two and a Half Men" co-star Charlie Sheen. Sheen called Cryer a "troll." Wait a minute, is Cryer admitting there's truth to this attack.
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JON CRYER, ACTOR: The truth is there is not a lot of tolerance for people like me, especially in Hollywood to an individual ignorance and bullying I've had to hide the fact that I'm a troll. You have no idea how much time and money I've spent on electrolysis and hair dye and reconstructive surgery so I can look like this, instead of this.
There are a lot of misconceptions about trolls -- that we drink the morning dew from butter cups. That is so not true. And we don't bake cookies in trees. That's elves, OK. Let's get this straight people. The last time, OK -- we are the guys who dangle from little girl's backpacks and sit on the end of pencils, damn it.
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VAN SUSTEREN: It's nice to see Jon Cryer still has his sense of humor intact.
And do you have a monkey? If you do, do you buy it to court when you have to go to court? A woman in Virginia does. The monkey is a seven week old native to South America. During her hearing she referenced her daughter and pointing to the monkey resting in her bra. She told the judge she bought the animal for an online auction.
And a homecoming of sorts for President Obama. The president welcomed the 2010 Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House. The team was honored a final time for their big win last season as they presented the president with a jersey and his own Stanley Cup.
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BARACK OBAMA, (D) PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Thank you. There we go! We even got some blood on here. It is really authentic. Fantastic. What else we got here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Stanley Cup. There you go.
OBAMA: Look at this. Can I say that when I first saw this, I thought it looks so much bigger on TV.
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VAN SUSTEREN: Congratulations to the Blackhawks. We are all going to be hockey fans now the NFL is going under. And finally, there is breaking news in the sports world. As noted, the NFL's players and owners relationship has just taken a really ugly turn. The negotiations have collapsed and the players have gone to federal court. The players who filed to decertify themselves are suing the NFL for anti-trust violation and are seeking an injunction against the NFL and the owners. Earlier today Rush Limbaugh offered his predictions on which side will win.
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RUSH LIMBAUGH: I'll tell how is going to lose -- the players. They are facing a loaded gun. They don't at the end of the day have a prayer. The owner of the Seattle Seahawks has a 414 foot yacht. The owner of the Seattle Seahawks could support the other owners for a year if he wanted to, while nobody on the players has a 414 yacht.
And I don't mean this in a cutting way, but the owners have the ability to outlast the players. (END VIDEO CLIP)
VAN SUSTEREN: So what is the next step? This opens up for the players to file anti-trust lawsuits again the teams. We've got to wait and see what happens. There you have it, "The Best of the Rest."
Coming up, it's almost 1:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Japan. The news is rapidly developing there. We'll have the very latest. Stay tuned.
VAN SUSTEREN: Here is what's happening right now in Japan. This is the scene at nearly 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in Japan. Homes and buildings are in ruins. Survivors are seeking refuge on roof tops. The earthquake and the tsunami are responsible for killing a thousand people at least and hundreds are missing. The violent wall of water swept away houses, cars, and ships, fires are still burning out of control. Residents are terrified of a nuclear meltdown. The country has declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors and two power plants after the units lost cooling ability.
Meanwhile, the United States military has rerouted several ships to Japan and began preparing for humanitarian missions. The story is changing by the minute.