According to 19fortyfive, Republicans in the House are prepared to challenge the White House over potential spending cuts, prompting the question of exactly where those cuts might come from.
Might the GOP cut entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, given how much of the federal budget they consume? Due to the popularity of those programs and the unpopularity of cuts, the GOP could suffer losses politically if they are threatened.
According to reports, in a meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, he informed Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that Republicans would not lower social security or Medicare benefits to lower the debt ceiling.
Republican lawmakers want spending reductions in exchange for their assistance in raising the debt ceiling, and Manchin hopes President Joe Biden will negotiate with them. The Obama administration had issued more than 500,000 new Social Security numbers (SSNs) to illegal immigrants who were granted amnesty through the former president’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), by the end of Fiscal Year 2014, the Obama administration had issued approximately 541,000 original SSNs to individuals authorized to work under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy since its inception.
According to a letter to Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) that Breitbart News obtained, the Obama Administration claimed that it did not keep track of the number of people who requested an SSN but were turned down.
According to a report, Republicans have been strongly cautioned by former President Donald Trump not to cut either social security or Medicare, pointing out that there is plenty of wasteful spending that could be eliminated in its place.
Trump explained that they should cut waste, fraud, and abuse everywhere they can find it. There are lots of places to do it. But he stressed not to cut the benefits of seniors who earned and paid for it with their life’s work.
He urged the politicians to save social security, not destroy it.