Bernie Sanders Rips Republicans For Cutting Social Security For 1 Million Disabled Veterans

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At a press conference today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shredded the Republican budget plans while taking Republicans to task for cutting Social Security benefits for 1 million disabled veterans.

During the press conference, Sen. Sanders said:

I must say that the budget passed last year by the Republican House which called for massive cuts in Medicare,Medicaid, education, nutrition, affordable housing, and other programs impacting the lives of working Americans, while providing huge tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations, is a budget approach which moves us in exactly the wrong direction. And, needless to say, I will do everything that I can to oppose a similar type of budget if that is what the Republicans will be proposing this year.


So, here we are. The middle class is in decline. Millions of seniors are struggling to pay for their food, their medicine and their heat. On the very first day of Congress, the Republicans in the House made a change in its rules that could lead to a 20 percent cut in Social Security disability benefits for 11 million Americans, including 2 million children, over a million veterans, and over 150,000 surviving spouses. In other words, in the midst of massive wealth and income inequality, the Republicans want to make massive cuts in a program that benefits some of the most vulnerable people in this country.


Let’s be clear, what the Republican plan is. What they are saying is that either there will be cuts to the disability program, or if that fund is to be replenished, the money will have to come from cuts to Social Security retirement benefits. And, House Budget Chairman Price is already talking about including Social Security cuts in the Budget Resolution that he will be writing. Needless to say, that is totally unacceptable. When we talk about Social Security today what we should be talking about is expanding benefits not cutting benefits. And, I and other members of the Senate are working on legislation to do just that. And, at a time when multimillionaires pay the same amount of money into the Social Security Trust Fund as someone making $118,500 that cap on taxable income must be raised.

The idea that Republicans are poised to cut benefits for 11 million disabled Americans was bad enough and repulsive to Americans on all ends of the political spectrum. What is even worse is that Republicans are planning to cut benefits for men and women who were disabled while risking their lives in service of their country. The Social Security Disability program is paid into by every worker in America. Sanders pointed out that a young worker has a 33% of receiving these benefits at some point in their life.

Veterans who sacrificed their country should not have their benefits cut. People who paid into the program should not have their benefits cut. Disabled Americans, who are living on a few dollars, can’t afford to have their benefits cut. Congressional Republicans don’t have the right to make these cuts to the disability program. The money that has been paid into the system doesn’t belong to them. Those funds were paid into the system by workers who expect their benefits to be there.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently tried to claim that half of the people who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits can work. The reality is that the Disability application process is a difficult one. Fifty-nine percent of those who apply for disability benefits are rejected.

Sen. Sanders was right to go on the attack against the Republican agenda. Veterans and all disabled Americans deserve better from their country than the treatment that they are receiving from Republicans. Liberals, conservatives, and everyone in the middle should stand up in united outrage against the Republican scheme to take from those who can least afford to lose precious resources.

50 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Rips Republicans For Cutting Social Security For 1 Million Disabled Veterans”

  1. There is nothing like signing for duty when you are promised benefits, then doing your part of the deal, and when it’s your time to collect your part of the deal, it’s gone. Kinda like pensions, and their plans for our social security. All repukes are greedy, conniving, and evil and should be eliminated ASAP by any means available..

  2. The American Taliban is much worse.

    ISIS is open about what their goals are.

    The American Taliban keeps telling the American people they only want what’s best for America and Americans and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. As soon as they have the power they crave, they do the exact opposite.

  3. They do this because their propaganda machine FOX ,CBS, NBC, ABC provide cover because they are owned by the same billionaire cabal as every other means of production; the media will never reveal their scheme to buy AMERICA.

  4. Well red state residents, how do you like your Party now? Did you really think they would back off the idea of taking away your social security or were you already resigned to the idea because they told you (lied) it would be gone sooner or later anyway so you”ve gotten used to the idea? Stop drinking the tea and wake up to the fact that they’re lying to you.It can be saved and remain solvent if the bought and paid for made the right choices, instead of representing only their rich benefactors. Instead of the Tea Party voting against their own best interest and being hijacked by the Koch Brothers et al., try a real rebellion and vote for your best interests and not the interests of the rich and big business for a change.

  5. I venture to say the very citizens who are being cut are the ones who FAILED to vote the last election, or voted Republican. We should do a voter check to see if these people / voters should be surveyed to see if they voted Republican. If they did, then they deserve the 20% cut.

  6. I would like an accounting, by state by congressperson, from the GAO of the amount of money “borrowed” (make that stolen) from the Social Security Account.

    Congress has used the SSA as their personal bank and they need to be held accountable. I don’t care if it is Republican or Democrat. It wasn’t their money to take and every state that benefited from this money needs to pay it back.

  7. In Texas, 75% of initial applications for SSDI are rejected. You have to be seen by several doctors, not your own, ones that you are sent to by SSDI. You need reams of paperwork, both to fill out and in terms of medical records. The process is daunting. Most people who appeal an initial rejection on their own are rejected. Having an attorney to help in the appeal is a must, but if you are lucky enough to be awarded SSDI on an appeal, the lawyer takes a hefty cut of it.

  8. Nothing says “THANK YOU FOR YOUR MILITARY SERVICE” more than….let’s cut disability for our veterans who fought for our freedom.

    You’re not patriots at all and should be ashamed of yourselves.

  9. I have an EX-family member who complained about the problems with Texas state disability and she was entitled to it even though she didn’t pay into it…I’ve also discovered she’s a bible thumpin tea bagger.

    Us in California pay into state disability, it’s not a choice.

  10. Republicons said if they had both chambers, they would get to work for the American people. Well true to their anti-american, lying nature,they haven’t done one blessed thing to help the people of this nation. From day one,they’ve been busy doing whatever they can to HURT the people of this nation. Republicons, where are the jobs and where is the help and support for the Vets?

    Liars, liars pants on fire…..

  11. When there’s nothing more to take or cut from the poor, they will find a way to take their lives.

  12. Let’s go back to what conservatives did to America during their 8 years of a republican administration and GW Bush.
    9/11… 3000 Americans died. The administration failed to protect Americans in their own soil, even after plenty of warnings.
    Bush fails to protect 13 embassies and consulates from terrorists and 62 died.
    Two simultaneous wars and over 6000 American soldiers died for nothing. Stirring up the Middle East and now creating ISIS. We are in worst danger now.
    11 trillion debt.
    Record spending.
    Record deficit
    Record bankruptcies
    Record layoffs.
    Record unemployment
    The Great Recession
    Fall of all markets.
    Fall of the automobile industry.
    2008 history record gas prices, with the national average at $4.71 per gallon.
    Banks selling to China
    Record corporation bail outs
    March 2008: Bush stimulus $29 billion for Bear Stearns/JP Morgan Chase deal
    May 2008: Bush stimulus $178 billion in tax rebate checks
    July 2008: Bush stimulus $300 billion for distressed homeowner…

  13. July 2008: Bush stimulus $200 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
    September 2008: Bush stimulus $50 billion to guarantee money market funds
    September 2008: Bush stimulus $25 billion to Big 3 automakers
    September-November 2008: Bush stimulus $150 billion to AIG
    October 2008: Bush stimulus $700 billion to banks (TARP)
    Ceo’s used the monies to pay themselves millions in bonuses.
    Enron <<<–California got royally SCREWED
    Halliburton <<- $37 billion
    America bankrupted.
    America hated abroad
    two unfinished, unpaid 14 year old wars.

  14. I’d bet they’re repubs who scream “NO TO ENTITLEMENTS” but are on SS and medicare themselves and just too stupid to realize it.
    Just going to Arlington national or the Los Angeles national cemeteries but cutting disability $$ to them shows how you’re NOT an American.

    the 7 “NO WAY”s are tea bag/repub cowards

  15. Sally- I’ve ALREADY told my sibling Fascists this blind veteran will be expecting checks from them ALL!

  16. I hope the Republicans understand that they will lose the next election if they do crap like this. I will personally do what I can to kick them out of office and picket the Congress. It is incredible that they want to cut the SSD that I depend on as a 100% Disabled Veteran on a fixed income. You already tax SSD, Fed Govt Disability Retirement, and have an offset from them as well. How about we take the Congressional salaries and cut them? How about we take some of the millions of dollars these damn politicians make being “politicians” who can do stuff like insider trading that I would go to jail for and they won’t. I am sick and tired of these damn politicians and they will lose Congress and the Presidential election if they keep doing crap like this. They need to get something done and if not, then they would be out of office. Wait until this hits the media and it shows vets that don’t get their disability anymore. It will be epic. And Rand Paul needs to shut his mouth.

  17. BTW – Rand Paul needs to keep his mouth shut and stop accusing Disabled Veterans like me that are on a disability retirement, of faking having SSD. There is no faking about it and you had better use a fine point brush rather than a full brush as we gave out bodies to the Army and when they get messed up, you want to blame us? Get the VA fixed and maybe things would be better for us? Do something good for the American People for goodness sake. Is that too hard???

  18. I’m not sure it’s wrapped up…
    The clown car is FULL and with many tied to the hood roof and trunk.
    They’re all bickering with each another to see who will be the biggest idiot who will LOSE.
    The republicans don’t have ANYTHING to go with and they’ve haven’t done ANYTHING to boast about. The republican debate will be about what…b*tching about President Obama for saving our economy?

  19. Clinton doesn’t suck KOCH like the tea bag/repubs do SO well.
    Raggity Romney of Bain Capital, who bought companies, outsourced everything, laid off workers, sold what was left at a profit and ran away with the $$. Who already knows over 47% of the nation won’t vote for him.
    The tea bags won’t vote for him either.


  21. I am one of those disabled Americans, I worked hard for over 20 years and by no fault of my own became disabled. I fought for 3 years to get benefits, while my family struggled since we were now a 1 income family. I voted and I voted Democrat. The poor, the disabled, the “different” in this country are being demonized- “welfare queen” is a myth, food stamps fraud is less than 3%, and I know more people who have given up attempting to get disability benefits because of the way they’re treated (you get turned down over and over and eventually have to hire an attorney, then you lose 25% of what you’re owed to pay them). But big business has the money, and Fox news has the airtime to constantly bombard “us” with their message of hate. Every single person in the country might be poor or disabled one day, we’re only learning how to hate ourselves.

  22. Mr Sanders. You are my new hero.
    I am a 65 yr old women with lots of energy and a voice people listen to..lead me in the direction where I can start having my voice be heard..enough is sought

  23. Brooke, my friend in Nebraska who has MS was turned down the first time for Social Security Disability benefits,and guess what he votes Republican.Go figure,he is just one of the many that vote for a party that couldn’t care less about the American people.

  24. I have a feeling that after this stunt, we might end up seeing a lot of Republicans changing their political stripes. Those older voters may put up with a lot of crap, but don’t go messin’ with their S.S.

  25. Is this disability thing already a done deal? Don’t you think Obama would veto it? God I sure hope so, cause I depend on that check,as I’m sure everyone who gets it does. My disabilities are too severe to work, and besides who’s gonna hire a disabled 56 yr old woman who’s been out of the workforce for 15 years? My illness has caused me to lose a bunch of weight – I may have to dig out my “skinny jeans” and take up street walking (or rather hobbling with my walker.) Can’t ya just see that? LOL!

  26. “NO TO ENTITLEMENTS” Just FYI – – Currently…all members of Congress receive “free” health care not only for themselves, but their staff members as well! And if convicted of a crime, they still get to keep their “pension money”.

    Unofficially known as the ‘Duke Cunningham Act’, the Federal Pension Forfeiture Act is a piece of legislation introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) that would cause a member of Congress to lose the pension due to:

    Bribery of public officials or witnesses
    Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States
    Perjury while denying the commission of bribery or conspiracy
    Subornation of perjury committed in connection with false denial or false testimony of another individual

    The amount of retirement for Members of Congress is determined by a formula: years served,average pay for three years, terms of payment. CSRS plan, who worked for 22 years and who had a top three-year average salary of $154,267 would be…

  27. CSRS plan, who worked for 22 years and who had a top three-year average salary of $154,267 would be eligible for a pension payment of $84,847 per year.

    In 2002, the average pension payment ranged from $41,000 to $55,000. As of November 2014, senior Members of Congress who have been in office for at least 32 years can earn about $139,000 a year.

    In 2003, after James Traficant was expelled from Congress, several Congressmen tried passing a bill that would prevent expelled members from receiving their pensions.

    The bill was stalled and eventually dropped after being sent to the House Administration and Reforms committee for review.

    Former congressman Ron Paul refused to participate in the congressional pension system, labeling it “immoral”.

  28. Dear Gary,
    I also was turned down for disability first time, had to get and share with a lawyer but it at least was paid to me, and unlike your friend I guess my MS didn’t mar my thinking,,,,I have never and never would vote Republican. Like to see them cut their free health care and huge pensions, that would probably make Social Security Disability solvent. But Republicans only take, say how patriotic they are and then slash funds for the very people they caused to be injured defending their country. They sicken me!

  29. There should be no cap on the money that is taken out of pay for Social Security, not capped at $118,500 that way the rich will be paying more, the SS will become completely funded and they can raise the income for SS for people making under $50,000. Done deal. !!! Also have the gov pay back the SS money they took for the general fund with interest, and write a law that the funds can not be touched except for SS regular and disability Benefits !!!!! That would be PROBLEM SOLVED !!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Sen. Bernie Sanders should run to be our next President!
    United States needs a down to Earth President, and I think he would do an excellent job repairing the system that has been broken for some time! Sen. Bernie Sanders is a people person and knows what the lower classes are going through and knows what needs to be done! The wealthy would only have to suck it up and help the middle class and the poor as they should do!

  31. Sen. Bernie Sanders is a people person and knows what the lower classes are going through and knows what needs to be done!
    No!!!! We the people know what WE are going through and we know what needs to be done. Now with that being said in 2016 will WE THE PEOPLE turn out more than 18% of the vote?

  32. Patricia, I agree TOTALLY with you! I’ve been posting many messages on many other sites, stating this very thing! The Bush Adm. stole BILLIONS out of the SS Trust Fund to fund their senseless & unnecessary wars in Iraq & Afghanistan & they have NO intentions of paying it back or even paying interest on that money!! This just makes my blood boil! The money in the SS Trust Fund BELONGS to the American working people who paid into it all of their working lives or who are presently paying into it. It does NOT belong to the government! It is NOT an entitlement, it is EARNED income! What would the Republicans do if we stole some of their money & didn’t pay it back or pay interest on it? They’d press legal charges against us, and we’d have to pay it back plus interest plus pay the legal fees & court costs! But they expect the working people to allow them to get by without repayment or interest payments on the money they took from the SS Trust Fund! It’s time…

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