• Fri. Mar 24th, 2023

GOP seems to show tables in Social Safety battle


Mar 17, 2023

“We’ll by no means get these packages reformed and saved with out presidential management,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stated this week, arguing President Biden is “not doing something.”


The criticism comes as Republicans have been dialing up the stress on the White Home to do extra to deal with the funding threats going through Social Safety, with some needling Biden for not offering a plan to shore up solvency for this system in his current fiscal 2024 finances request. 


In a pair of Senate hearings this week, Republicans grilled White Home officers in regards to the absence of the plan, whereas searching for to counter assaults doled out by their colleagues throughout the aisle who’ve accused the GOP of wanting to chop Social Safety. 


Sen. Invoice Cassidy (R-La.) broached the problem in a charged line of questioning to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen throughout a Finance Committee listening to Thursday.


“Of the $4.5 trillion in taxes he has proposed, not a dime goes to shore up Social Safety,” Cassidy stated, earlier than asking moments later “why doesn’t the president care” about threats to this system’s funding.


Cassidy additionally stated a bipartisan group of senators concerned in an effort he’s resulting in discover potential options to increase the lifetime of this system made a number of requests to satisfy with the president.


Whereas Yellen stated that the president “stands prepared” to work with Congress on the problem, Cassidy referred to as the assertion a “lie.”


“As a result of when a bipartisan group of senators has repeatedly requested to satisfy with him about Social, in order that someone who’s a present beneficiary is not going to see her advantages minimize by 24 p.c, now we have not heard something on our request,” he stated. 


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


Learn extra on how the dynamic performed out in hearings this week right here.