Now that his budget plan was front and centre at the State of the Union, Senator Rick Scott is firing back, saying that President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were wrong to criticise him on the issues of Social Security and Medicare.
Progress in the news: Scott wrote on Friday that his plan to require reauthorization of all federal spending programmes every five years would not apply to Social Security, Medicare, national defence, or veteran’s benefits.
- Note to President Biden, Senator Schumer, and Senator McConnell – As you know, this was never intended to apply to Social Security, Medicare, or the US Navy” is now bolded in Scott’s plan, which now includes a list of the exemptions.
- Scott stated in an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner, “I have never supported cutting Social Security or Medicare, ever.”
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“This is a very confused president telling a dishonest Democrat lie. In addition, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is aware of this fact. Just typical Washingtonian shallow gotcha politics.”
According to The Washington Post, the original plan didn’t include any programme exemptions, which drew significant criticism from Biden at the State of the Union and McConnell in the days that followed.
The bottom line is that if those programmes were exempted, it would require 85% cuts to all other programmes in order to achieve the balanced budget the House GOP has set as a goal for the next decade.