White House claims GOP pushing Social Security cuts after McCarthy guidelines it out
WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Wednesday that House Republicans have to slash Social Security and Medicare as they push for spending cuts in alternate for elevating the debt limit — no matter House Speaker Kevin McCarthy repeatedly ruling out such cuts.
Jean-Pierre denounced social safety internet modifications — which McCarthy already took off the desk — after being requested about President Biden saying Tuesday that “I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy” no matter his private refusal to barter with Republicans on the federal debt limit.
“[Biden is] going to call out Republicans, in particular in the House, who are saying they want to cut Social Security, who have said very clearly they want to cut Medicare, they want to cut Medicaid or defense spending. This is what they are saying,” Jean-Pierre talked about.
“The president has said that he’s going to fight every day to protect those programs that taxpayers pay into. And we have to remember those programs, they benefit veterans, they benefit our seniors and taxpayers who again have earned the right to be part of those programs. So yes, he is going to call that out when he sees there is real danger against those programs.”
Jean-Pierre acted as if the House Republican majority intends to cut Social Security and Medicare no matter McCarthy (R-Calif.) notably ruling out cuts virtually 24 hours beforehand in a TV interview after which as soon as extra in a Wednesday morning meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.).
On Tuesday, Fox Business anchor Larry Kudlow, a former Trump White House economist, requested McCarthy to reply “these little White House weenies — they say you’re going to cut Social Security, you’re going to cut Medicare and you’re going to default on the interest payments on the bonds.”
“None of that is true,” McCarthy replied. “And that’s the bad part here. First the administration said they won’t negotiate and then they want to play politics. Why are they so afraid to sit down to find where you can eliminate waste?”
On Wednesday morning, Manchin met with McCarthy to debate the debt ceiling impasse and knowledgeable reporters afterward that the Republican chief agreed that Social Security and Medicare cuts shouldn’t be part of negotiations.
Biden himself claimed Tuesday that Republicans in Congress are “genuinely serious about cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare” — signaling it will seemingly be part of the White House’s concerted messaging inside the debt-ceiling stalemate, which can remaining months.
In a Wednesday afternoon e mail to reporters titled, “Why would ANYONE think House Republicans are planning to cut Social Security and Medicare?” a White House official defended the messaging.
The White House official wrote the conservative Republican Study Committee, a bunch that represents 156 of 222 House Republicans, “called for privatizing Medicare and Social Security, and their current chair [Kevin Hern] targeted the programs again this week.”
Hern (R-Okla.) knowledgeable the Washington Post in an interview printed Tuesday that there should be a bipartisan regulation elevating the retirement age for a “child who has not paid a single dollar in payroll taxes.”
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) knowledgeable the Washington Post that “[n]o one needing Social Security right now, or expecting to get it in the near future, should be impacted” by such reforms.
McCarthy knowledgeable Kudlow on Tuesday that he needs to trim authorities spending unrelated to entitlement packages. And others, such as a result of the No. 4 House Republican, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, have floated clawing once more unspent components of Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill handed in 2021.
“It’s irresponsible for the president not to sit down to negotiate,” McCarthy talked about.
“All I’m asking for is a responsible debt limit increase. And that means find common ground. Where are we wasting money? Let’s eliminate that and let’s put us on a path that we can balance our budget.”
McCarthy moreover returned fireplace at Biden’s rhetoric blaming Republicans for potential monetary damage, saying, “[Biden] is playing with the financial markets of America by saying he wouldn’t negotiate. We’ve hit the limit, so now we have until June or July.”