Biden: ‘It Looks Like We Negotiated a Deal Last Night’ on Social Security, Medicare

( – One day after accusing Republicans of trying to cut Medicare and Social Security during his State of the Union address and then relenting, President Biden was at it again during a speech on the economy in DeForest, Wis.

He talked about the Republican outcry to his remarks, then called out Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) for proposing cuts in both programs, but he said the “good news” is that he made a “deal” with Republicans on the House floor not to make cuts to either program.

Many of you have seen. We’ve had a spirited debate last night with my Republican friends. They seem shocked when I raised the plans of some of the members and their caucus to cut Social Security, and Marjorie Taylor Greene and others stood up and said, ‘Liar, liar.’ Reminds me of liar, liar, house on fire.

Well guess what? You know, I remind you that Rick Scott from Florida, the guy who ran the U.S. Senate campaign has a plan. I got his brochure right here. He has a plan. Here’s what he says in his plan. Let me open it up here. 

He says all federal legislation sunsets every five years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and by the way, you have a senator named Ron Johnson. Ron Johnson on Social Security and Medicare, ‘We should transfer everything so we have to consider everything every year.’ Come on, man.


And then we found that there was a senator named Mike Lee who was also yelling, ‘Liar, liar.’ House on fire kind of stuff last night. Well, I didn’t even know this, but they played a video showing him. 

Somebody said they wanted– I didn’t say the whole party, I said, Republican– leading Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare, and so it played last night something I didn’t even know existed, a video of him saying, ‘I’m here right now to tell you one thing you probably never heard from a politician. It’ll be my objective to phase out Social Security, pull it up by the roots, get rid of it.’ 

Then he added – I’m quoting this now: ‘Medicare, Medicaid are the same sort. They need to be pulled up.’ Sounds pretty clear to me. How about you? But they sure didn’t like me calling them on it. Look, a lot of Republicans, there dream is to cut Social Security and Medicare. Well, let me just say this. It’s your dream, but I and my veto pen make it a nightmare.

But here’s actually the good news. There’s a lot of good Republicans. I found it interesting. When I called them out on it last night, it sounded like they agreed to take these cuts off the table. Remember I said– no, I’m serious. Remember what I said? I said, so you’re not going to cut it, huh? No! I said, okay, we got a deal.

Well I sure hope that’s true. I’ll believe it when I see it when the budget’s laid down with the cuts they’re proposing, but it looks like we negotiated a deal last night on the floor of the House of Representatives. Seriously, you’ve seen them all standing up, saying, we’re not going to cut anything. 

Well that’s good, because by the way, we got a lot of good bipartisan stuff done in the previous year. Why can’t we do it again? Here’s the bottom line. All of you have been paying into the system with every single paycheck you’ve had since you started working. These benefits belong to you, the American worker. You earned it, and I will not allow anyone to cut them, not today, not tomorrow, not ever, period.


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