As Senate Republicans work to craft the next package of legislation for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and how to mitigate the economic impact of the disease, a proposal from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has come to the forefront and is a direct threat to the future of Social Security.
According to Common Dreams:
“A proposal by Sen. Mitt Romney to establish congressional committees with the specific goal of crafting legislative ‘solutions’ for America’s federal trust fund programs has reportedly resurfaced in GOP talks over the next Covid-19 stimulus package, sparking alarm among progressive advocates who warn the Utah Republican’s bill is nothing but a stealth attack Social Security and Medicare.”
Claiming to be concerned with the rising federal deficit, the GOP sees a perfect opportunity to argue for changes to social welfare programs, including the most popular ones that help protect senior citizens, according to Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM):
“Social Security is the piggy bank that Republicans seem to go to whenever it dawns on them that we’ve gotta do something about the debt. notwithstanding the fact that they passed a huge tax cut that added trillions to the debt and benefited mostly wealthy individuals and corporations.”
Marching in lockstep with their Senate colleagues, two Republican congressmen, Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Steve Womack (R-AR) admitted that they also think the Romney commission is an excellent idea that needs to be explored, with Womack remarking:
“I don’t know when we’re going to decide to take up the issue. I hope and I pray that it’s not when we have no other real options other than something draconian like big cuts.”
The real intention of what Republicans try to claim is “entitlement reform” could not be more clear, according to Social Security Works, a progressive advocacy group, which noted that the TRUST Act is “a plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors.”
The bill in question is the TRUST Act, and it’s a plot to gut Social Security behind closed doors: https://t.co/n4ubqjR26U
With seniors most at risk from COVID-19, we need to be increasing Social Security’s modest benefits, not creating secret commissions to cut them. https://t.co/2IFtEt7VeD
— SocialSecurityWorks (@SSWorks) May 20, 2020
As the death toll from the novel coronavirus approaches 100,000, once again we see Republicans doing everything possible to steal money from the most vulnerable in our country. It’s one of the innumerable reasons every last one of them on the ballot in November needs to be sent into early retirement.
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