On the chopping block? Ron Johnson denies threatening Social Safety | republicans

A Republican swing state senator has denied threatening Social Security and Medicare after Democrats accused him of putting them on the chopping block.

Ron Johnson, who entered Congress in 2010. tea party waves, is re-elected in Wisconsin. In trying to keep the Senate, Democrats think they have chance to win a place.

Interview with Joe’s regular show podcast, Johnson said Social Security and Medicare, critical support programs for millions of elderly and disabled Americans and their dependents, should no longer be considered mandatory spending.

“If you’re eligible, you’re going to get it, no matter what the cost,” Johnson said. “And our problem in this country is that over 70% of our federal budget, our federal spending, is all mandatory spending. It’s on autopilot…you’re just not doing the proper maintenance. You don’t go in there and fix failing programs.

He added: “We should turn everything into discretionary spending so that everything can be measured so that we can fix problems or fix programs that break, that go bankrupt. While everything is on autopilot, we continue to accumulate debt.

Democrats pounced. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York cited Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan said: “They say the silent part out loud. Maga Republicans want to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.

Johnson’s spokesman said Schumer “lied.”

Spokesman said Johnson’s point was that without the fiscal discipline and oversight that usually comes with discretionary spending, Congress had allowed the benefits of guaranteed programs like Social Security and Medicare to languish.

“Congress must take this into account as it takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that seniors do not have to question whether the programs they depend on remain viable.”

Social insurance benefits average just over $1,600 a month.

Last year, Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, told The Guardian.: “The nation is actually facing a retirement income crisis where too many people will not be able to retire and maintain their savings. It’s a very powerful system, but it’s of very little benefit if you measure it in virtually any way.

Democrats see Republican threats to so-called “entitlements” — programs paid for by taxes and relied on by vulnerable people — as a strong electoral issue. Surveys show strong bipartisan support.

From Joe Biden to the leaders of Congress, the Democrats confiscated according to a plan released by Republican Senate Campaign Committee Chairman Rick Scott of Florida.

Scott suggested that all Americans should pay a certain amount of income tax and that all federal laws should expire after five years unless Congress renews them.

Senator insisted he “wasn’t going to raise taxes on anybody” – despite the fact that more people would have to pay taxes. He also said Congress “needs to start being honest with the American public and tell them exactly what we’re going to do to make sure they continue to get their Medicare and Social Security.”

But his own leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said: “Within five years, we won’t have a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and eliminates Social Security and Medicare.”

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin primary will be held. Johnson is was challenged by incumbent Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes.

By Jessica Taylor of the Cook Political Report told Wisconsin Public Radio’s Johnson was the national Democrat’s “No. 1 current … that they’re targeting.”

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