Attacked by Biden, Rick Scott amends Rescue America plan to exempt Social Security and Medicare
After being raked over the coals by President Biden and disowned by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Florida Sen. Rick Scott has changed his proposal to end all federal laws in five years except for Social Security and Medicare set.
Point six of Scott’s 12-point Rescue America plan now includes specific exemptions for Social Security, Medicare, national security, veterans’ benefits and other essential services. All other federal legislation would expire in five years without renewed approval from Congress.
“Note to President Biden, Senator Schumer and Senator McConnell – As you know, this should never apply to Social Security, Medicare or the US Navy,” Scott’s amended plan said.
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Scott released his plan as a proposed Republican legislative agenda ahead of the midterm elections last year. Democrats echoed several of Scott’s suggestions, including a blanket statement that “all federal laws expire in five years.” If a law is worth enforcing, Congress can re-enact it.”
Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., among others, accused the GOP of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare based on Scott’s proposal, which he vehemently denied.
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Still, McConnell opposed the Rescue America plan, distanced the Republican Party from Scott, and denied that he spoke for anyone else at the GOP Senate conference.
Scott’s proposals came under renewed focus this month after Biden quoted him during his State of the Union address as promising to veto legislation affecting Social Security or Medicare.
The President’s comments were met with loud boos from the Republican side of the aisle in the House of Representatives, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and others called the President a “liar.”
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In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner published Friday, Scott accused Democrats and McConnell of playing “gotcha politics” with his agenda.
“I’ve never supported cutting Social Security or Medicare. To say otherwise is a disingenuous lie by the Democrats from a very confused President. And Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is aware of that, too. It’s superficial gotcha politics, that’s what Washington is doing,” Scott wrote.
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“Everyone outside of Washington understood perfectly what my plan was trying to achieve, but that hasn’t stopped Washington politicians from doing what they do best – lying to you at every opportunity. So since people up here are clearly too confused and disingenuous to get it, I’m going to put it down in black and white for them to read or have someone read it to them,” he added.
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/under-attack-biden-rick-scott-amends-rescue-america-plan-exempt-social-security-medicare Attacked by Biden, Rick Scott amends Rescue America plan to exempt Social Security and Medicare