Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pounced after Trump’s incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said that he doesn’t think Trump wants to meddle with Social Security and Medicare. Sanders showed in a statement that if Republicans move to mess with the beloved programs they will have a Bernie Sanders problem.
During an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation, Priebus said, “I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security. He made a promise in the campaign that that was something that he didn’t want to do. But what he wants to do is grow the economy, help shore up Medicare and Social Security for future generations. And if we can get three to five, 6% growth, we’ll do that. And we’ll explode the economy, and bring jobs back, and make trade more fair across the world, lower rates for everyone, and I think hopefully get businesses going again so people can put more money in their pocket.”
Sen Sanders said that Priebus’s remarks were not good enough, ““At a time when the Republican leadership is working overtime to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the statement by Mr. Priebus is just not good enough. Mr. Trump must make it clear to the American people that he will keep the promises he made during the campaign and veto any legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”
Sanders is about to put Republicans to the test. The Senator from Vermont has a vote scheduled for Tuesday on a budget amendment that would prevent the Senate from breaking Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Social Security and Medicare.
Priebus’s half-answer to the question was not good enough. It is clear that the Republican Congressional leadership and the president-elect’s administration are planning large changes and cuts to Social Security and Medicare.
Donald Trump may soon be the president, but if he tries to cut Social Security and Medicare he will make an immediate enemy in populist force of nature Bernie Sanders.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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