(CNSNews.com) – President Biden claimed Tuesday during his State of the Union address that Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare, but his words prompted boos and outcry by Republicans during his speech.
“Some of my Republican friends want to take the economy hostage. I get it. Unless I agree to their economic plans. All of you at home should know what those plans are. Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans, Some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset,” Biden said, which prompted outcry from Republicans in the audience.
“I’m not saying it’s a majority. Let me give you Anybody who doubts it. Contact my office. I’ll give you a copy. I’ll give you a copy of the proposal. That means Congress doesn’t vote. I’m glad to see you. No, I tell you I enjoy conversion. It means if Congress doesn’t keep the programs where they are, they go away,” he said.
“Other Republicans say, I’m not saying it’s a majority of you. I don’t even think it’s even significant— but it’s being proposed by individuals. I’m not— politely not naming them, but it’s being proposed by some of you. Folks. The idea is. That we’re not going to be, we’re not going to be moved into being threatened to default on the debt if we don’t respond,” Biden said to boos from the GOP.
Then the president recognized that Republicans don’t want to cut Social Security and Medicare.
So folks as we all apparently agree. Social Security. Medicare is off the books now. All right. We got unanimity. Social Security and Medicare are a lifeline for millions of seniors, Americans have to pay into them from the very first paycheck they start.
So tonight, let’s all agree, and we apparently are, let’s stand up for seniors. Stand up and show them. We will not cut Social Security. We will not cut Medicare. Those benefits belong to the American people. They earned it, and if anyone tries to cut Social Security, which apparently no one’s going to do, and If anyone tries to cut Medicare, I’ll stop them. I’ll veto it.
I’m not going to allow them to take away– be taken away. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever, but apparently, it’s not going to be a problem. Next month, when I offer my fiscal plan, I ask my Republican friends to lay down their plan as well. I really mean it. Let’s sit down together and discuss our mutual plans together. Let’s do that.
I can tell you the plan I’m going to show you is going to cut the deficit by another $2 trillion. And it won’t cut a single bit of Medicare or Social Security. In fact, we’re gonna extend the Medicare Trust Fund at least two decades, because that’s gonna be the next argument.
How do we make– keep it solvent, right? Well I will not raise taxes on anyone making under 400 grand, but We’ll pay for it the way we talked about by making sure that the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share. Look, look, look. Here’s a deal. They’re not just taking advantage of the tax code. They’re taking advantage of you, the American consumer.
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