Is Medicare and Social Security Funding in Jeopardy?
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Key Quotes: Biden stated, “instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset. I am not saying that is a majority. Anybody who doubts it, contact my office and I will give you a copy of the proposal.” After some Republicans heckled this comment, Biden stated, “so folks, as we all apparently agree, Social Security and Medicare is off the books now,” which garnered applause.
Are Programs At Risk? An article in ABC News quoted House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stating that Social Security and Medicare cuts were “off the table.” An article in Newsweek stated that Biden’s claim “appeared to be referencing a plan released last year by Senator Rick Scott of Florida” that proposed a five-year sunset clause on all federal legislation— requiring programs to be reapproved every five years. The article listed Republican lawmakers who have made statements regarding changes to the programs, but quoted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stating that Medicare and Social Security cuts “will not be part” of Republicans’ agenda.
Responding to Biden's allegations, Fox News reported on records from Biden’s tenure as a Delaware senator, where on numerous occasions he proposed legislation to “sunset” federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare, and require them to be regularly reapproved.
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From the RightFLASHBACK: Biden introduced bill to sunset all federal programs — including Social Security
President Biden, while still a senator for Delaware, introduced legislation to sunset all federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare, Fox News Digital has learned.
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From the CenterList of Republicans Who Have Suggested Cutting Medicare, Social Security
During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Biden was heckled by several Republican politicians after claiming "some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset."
In response to his remark, a number of Republican lawmakers were heard saying "no," House Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene shouted "liar" and Speaker Kevin McCarthy could be seen shaking his head.
"Let me give you—anybody who doubts it contact my office. I'll give you a copy of the proposal," Biden said.
The president appeared to be referencing a plan released last year...