Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), whose ex-wife says he owes $117,437 in back child support
, was honored by the Family Research Council Action on Thursday for his "unwavering support of the family," the Chicago Sun-Times reports
"We thank Cong. Walsh who has voted consistently to defend faith, family and freedom," FRCA President Tony Perkins said. "Cong. Walsh and other 'True Blue Members' have voted to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice. I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family."
"I am proud and honored to be recognized by the Family Research Council as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record," Walsh said in a statement. "Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight."
Walsh claims he had a "verbal" agreement with his ex-wife not to pay the money because, according to his attorney, "Joe and his former wife were both tired of court appearances and the resulting emotional and financial impact on the family. Neither party had the financial or emotional wherewithal to continue the battle."