• Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

GOP seems to turn tables in Social Security fight


Mar 17, 2023

“We’ll beneath no situations get these applications reformed and saved with no the require of presidential leadership,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stated this week, arguing President Biden is “not performing some thing.”


The criticism comes as Republicans have been dialing up the anxiety on the White Residence to do substantially additional to address the funding threats facing Social Security, with some needling Biden for not providing a method to shore up solvency for the technique in his existing fiscal 2024 cost variety request. 


In a pair of Senate hearings this week, Republicans grilled White Residence officials about the absence of the method, when in search of to counter attacks doled out by their colleagues across the aisle who have accused the GOP of wanting to lower Social Security. 


Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) broached the predicament in a charged line of questioning to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen all through a Finance Committee hearing Thursday.


“Of the $4.5 trillion in taxes he has proposed, not a dime is going to shore up Social Security,” Cassidy stated, ahead of asking moments later “why does not the president care” about threats to the program’s funding.


Cassidy also stated a bipartisan group of senators involved in an perform he is major to uncover potential choices to extend the lifetime of the technique made a quantity of requests to meet with the president.


Even even though Yellen stated that the president “stands ready” to carry out with Congress on the predicament, Cassidy referred to as the statement a “lie.”


“Because when a bipartisan group of senators has repeatedly requested to meet with him about Social, so that somebody who is a current beneficiary will not see her positive aspects lower by 24 %, we have not heard some thing on our request,” he stated. 


“And we’ve made a quantity of requests to meet with the president,” Cassidy added.


Study substantially additional on how the dynamic played out in hearings this week suitable right here.