(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) accused President Biden of lying about his intention to sunset Medicare and Social Security, pointing out that it was the president himself that proposed that very thing in 1995 when Biden was a senator.
As CNSNews.com reported, Biden was debating the Balanced Budget Amendment on Jan. 31, 1995, when he admitted that had argued “that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the Government. And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.”
During an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday, Scott explained his plan.
I did it as governor. You do it in business all the time. You go back and look. If you did something, you say okay, did it work? So I said in my plan I put out, you can go to rescueamerica.com. I said, let’s look at every program a lot of five years.
There’s a lot of programs that we shouldn’t be doing up here, and then if it’s worth keeping, we keep it. We do it with the defense budget every year. We don’t pass a 20-year defense budget. Every year we do it. We do it every year. We pass the National Defense Authorization Act.
I also said we ought to tell the American public how we’re going to preserve Medicare and Social Security, but here’s how Biden is a hypocrite. He wants to say Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security. I never, I never will do that. I’m not going to cut their benefits, but guess what? Joe Biden’s proposed it.
He proposed a bill when he was in the Senate to sunset everything, and I don’t know if you’ve seen the quote. He says when I argued we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government. That’s what Joe Biden said. He’s a hypocrite.
During his State of the Union speech, Biden told people that if they doubt that Scott proposed cutting Medicare and Social Security, they can contact Biden’s office and get a copy of it.
I hope he gives everybody a copy but you can do it online. You go to rescueamerica.com. You can look at it. I put out my ideas. I think everybody ought to,” Scott said. “I want to make sure we balance this budget and we preserve Medicare and Social Security.
If we keep going down the path we’re going down where we run in trillion, $2 trillion deficits, there’s no federal program that we’re going to be able to preserve. I want to preserve all the safety nets our American citizens care about. It’s a lie. The guy’s been lying I mean the whole time and I’ve called him a liar. He’s coming to Florida. I’ll be in Florida tonight.
I put an ad up saying here is — not only is this guy lying, he actually didn’t pay his Medicare taxes on his income after he was vice president. He used a loophole to not even pay his Medicare taxes. This guy is a complete hypocrite.
Scott said that maybe Biden doesn’t remember what he said years ago about letting Social Security and Medicaid sunset.
“What a hypocrite. Maybe he doesn’t even remember what he said before, but he had a bill to sunset everything, everything, and he tried. He tried for years to do it. Then he wants to accuse Republicans. I don’t know one Republican that wants to reduce Social Security or Medicare benefits. We want to preserve them. That’s why we’ve got to figure out how to get a balanced budget here, and I will fight like hell to do that,” the senator said.
When asked what his relationship is with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Scott said, “I work with all the Republican senators. I work with some of the Democrat senators. I’m going to hard to represent my state, and I tell everybody I’m going to represent the state of Florida. That’s what I got elected to do. You can vote any way you want. I’m going to vote for the citizens of Florida.”
As to whether Scott and McConnell are talking, Scott said, “He just kicked me off a committee. So that was pretty petty.”
Fox News host Bill Hemmer pointed out that Scott was kicked off of the Senate Commerce Committee, but Scott is on other committees.
“I’m on armed services. I’m on homeland security. Think about it. I’ve been on the committee for four years. I probably ran the biggest business as anybody who’s ever served in the senate. I was governor of the third biggest state in the country, third biggest economy in the country, and I got kicked off of commerce. I have a relationship with Ted Cruz. He’s the ranking member. I will continue to work on all the issues I need to work on commerce,” Scott said.
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