Mitch McConnell Says GOP Is Not Trying To End Medicare, Social Security

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( – Senator Mitch McConnell, during an interview on Thursday, dismissed the possibility of Medicare and Social Security being ended while also slamming Florida’s GOP Sen. Rick Scott.

Last year, Scott released his 11-point plan which included the idea that all federal legislation would sunset after five years. Scott argued that any legislation and programs needed could then be reauthorized by Congress after five years if necessary. President Biden has criticized this idea and even referred to it during the State of the Union address on Tuesday when he said that there were some Republicans who were looking to sunset the two programs.

After the State of the Union Address, the White House sought to support Biden’s point by posting a thread on Twitter about Republicans who allegedly threatened the programs in the past. Senators Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee were among them.

Scott, along with many other Republicans, have denied that they want the two programs to be cut. However, McConnell himself pointed out that Scott’s plan would certainly have an effect on both Social Security and Medicare.

McConnell was asked, during an appearance on The Terry Meiners Show, whether Biden was right about Scott’s proposal and Medicare and Social Security being sunset.

McConnell in response acknowledged that that was what Scott’s plan had called for.

However, he explicitly stated that this was not the Republican plan at all. He added that he thought Scott’s plan was a “bad idea” and suggested it was not supported by the rest of the party.

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