Headline RoundupFebruary 8th, 2023

Is Medicare and Social Security Funding in Jeopardy?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In his second State of the Union address, President Joe Biden accused “some Republicans” of seeking to cut funding to Medicare and Social Security programs. Is that true? 

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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