Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) acknowledged that Republicans want to defund Social Security year after year, which opens the door to killing the program.
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Rounds said on CNN’s State of the Union:
I look at security the same way I look at the Department of Defense and our defense spending. We never fund defense.
But, at the same time, we — every year, we look at how we can make it better. And I think it’s time we talk about Social Security and make it better. We have 11 years before we see the cuts begin for people on Social Security. And I think it’s very responsible of us to do everything we can to fund those programs now and make plans now so that we don’t run out of money in Social Security and it continues to provide all the benefits that it does today.
It is not the right or responsible thing to do to look away from it and pretend there are no problems with Social Security. So, I think my preference is, let’s start managing it.
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Republicans protested during and after the State of the Union that they didn’t want to cut Social Security, but they admitted they were looking for a way to defund or kill Social Security.
Technically, rounds are not meant to be cuts, but the first step to a cut. If Republicans ever regain the Senate majority, they want to make Social Security funding a regular program that must be voted on.
Guess what happens after Senate Republicans decide not to fund Social Security?
The program cuts or dies.
Republicans want to kill Social Security through privatization and cuts, and they’re telling anyone who will listen that the goal is to harm the beloved program.
Jason is the managing editor. He is a member of the White House Press Pool and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticoUSA. Jason holds a Masters in Political Science. Her graduate work focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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