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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:12 PM

House GOP eyes Social Security, Medicare amid spending battle (WP)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2023/01/24/gop-social-security-medicare-debt-limit/
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House GOP eyes Social Security, Medicare amid spending battle
Republicans have pledged to cut spending and balance the budget, triggering a delicate conversation on the future of Americans’ benefits
By Tony Romm
Updated January 24, 2023 at 5:08 p.m. EST

House Republicans have started to weigh a series of legislative proposals targeting Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs, part of a broader campaign to slash federal spending that could force the new majority to grapple with some of the most difficult and delicate issues in American politics.

Only weeks after taking control of the chamber, GOP lawmakers under new Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have rallied around firm pledges for austerity, insisting their efforts can improve the nation’s fiscal health. They have signaled they are willing to leverage the fight over the debt ceiling — and the threat of a fiscal doomsday — to seek major policy concessions from the Biden administration.

So far, the party has focused its attention on slimming down federal health care, education, science and labor programs, perhaps by billions of dollars. But some Republicans also have pitched a deeper examination of entitlements, which account for much of the government’s annual spending — and reflect some of the greatest looming fiscal challenges facing the United States.

In recent days, a group of GOP lawmakers has called for the creation of special panels that might recommend changes to Social Security and Medicare, which face genuine solvency issues that could result in benefit cuts within the next decade. Others in the party have resurfaced more detailed plans to cut costs, including by raising the Social Security retirement age to 70, targeting younger Americans who have yet to obtain federal benefits.

“We have no choice but to make hard decisions,” said Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), the leader of the Republican Study Committee, a bloc of more than 160 conservative lawmakers that endorsed raising the retirement age and other changes last year. “Everybody has to look at everything.”

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dalton99a Jan 24 OP
SoCalDavidS Jan 24 #1
MiniMe Jan 24 #2
RKP5637 Jan 24 #3
Auggie Jan 24 #4
no_hypocrisy Jan 24 #5
MiniMe Jan 24 #7
phoenix75 Jan 24 #10
MiniMe Jan 24 #11
phoenix75 Jan 24 #12
DURHAM D Jan 24 #6
ananda Jan 24 #9
bottomofthehill Jan 24 #8

Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:22 PM

1. They Want To Cut Anything That's Not Defense Or Police Related

Heaven forbid we should trim the out of control Defense spending.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:23 PM

2. They aren't entitlements

They are earned benefits. In the '80s, companies stopped giving out pensions because of Social Security and Medicare.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:30 PM

3. K&R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n/t

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:31 PM

4. +1,000,000

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:35 PM

5. Y'know, I wouldn't put it past these cretins to STILL not raise the Debt Limit

even if they were given their hostage homage.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:38 PM

7. All the dems will vote for raising the limit

It will only take a few repukes to raise it. Hopefully there will be a few who know what a bunch of hokum this is.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:11 PM

10. I share your hopes for some Repub votes ...

but in the meantime "no hypocrisy" brings up an excellent point. I don't think Dems should even consider negotiating on this, because if you give in to the magats once, then it will never stop.

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Response to phoenix75 (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:21 PM

11. Of course, Kevin has to bring it up for a vote

And if he doesn't bring it up, not sure what the dems can do about that. I think there is some way to force a vote, I just don't know what it is.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:31 PM

12. I don't either.

That would be an interesting situation indeed ....

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:36 PM

6. Go for it stupid.

Goodbye Republican party.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:38 PM

9. Exactly.

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Response to dalton99a (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:38 PM

8. Easy for me, I would like to work until my mid to late 60's

But I am not a brick layer, carpenter, electrician, bartender, waitress, roofer, construction worker. I can still do my job and like working. I would not be very good retired. There are many who don’t have it good as I do though that need to be able to retire and receive social security that they have been paying into for years.

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