The Republican-controlled branches, having failed at coming up with a replacement for Obamacare, are quickly trying to find new bills to push through that would be harmful to many Americans. Their newest focus: Social Security.
Sam Johnson, the Republican Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of Ways and Means, proposed a bill that would dramatically cut Social Security and change the retirement age from 67 to 69.
The Bill would execute 15 changes to Social Security, including:
Immediately, Democrats responded. Nancy Pelosi wrote in a statement:
“Apparently nothing upsets House Republicans like the idea of hard-working people getting to enjoy a secure and dignified retirement. While Speaker Ryan sharpens his knives for Medicare, Chairman Johnson’s bill is an alarming sign that Republicans are greedily eying devastating cuts to Americans’ Social Security benefits as well.
Cutting Social Security would have devastating consequences for Americans’ retirement security. At a time when Americans are more anxious about their retirement than ever, the top Republican on the Social Security Subcommittee is rolling out legislation that cuts benefits by more than a third, raises the retirement age from 67 to 69, cuts seniors’ cost of living adjustments, and targets benefits for the families of disabled and retired workers.
Slashing Social Security and ending Medicare are absolutely not what the American people voted for in November. Democrats will not stand by while Republicans dismantle the promise of a healthy and dignified retirement for working people in America.”
Despite the fact that Johnson is removing benefits from seniors, he is calling his bill the “plan to permanently save social security.” And despite Trump promising not to interfere with Medicare or Social Security, he’s already said Medicare changes will happen. Looks like he’s going to break both of these promises now.