Cheat Sheet: McConnell’s Record of Risking Medicare and Social Security

Trump’s Latest Threat to Medicare, Social Security Spotlights McConnell’s Votes to Cut Billions from Medicare

Senator Mitch McConnell’s long record of pushing to gut earned benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security is once again in the spotlight as Donald Trump makes the GOP’s latest threat to gut those programs. He led his party’s efforts to pass a budget plan that would “essentially end Medicare by turning it into the voucher program,” as well as other budgets cutting the program by hundreds of billions of dollars, fought to privatize Social Security, and lamented that Republicans’ failure to enact drastic changes to these programs has been the “biggest disappointment of [his] time in Congress.”

Check out the cheat sheet on McConnell’s record supporting Medicare and Social Security cuts: 

  • 1998: Voted to privatize Social Security. [Vote 77, 4/2/98]
  • 2011: Voted for the Ryan Budget, which “would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Vote 77, 5/25/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/04/11]
    • 2011: “Ending Medicare as we know it is a key part” of Senate Republicans’ budget proposal. [NPR, 4/04/11]
  • 2011: Voted for the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan, which “would necessitate deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11
  • 2012: Voted for the Rand Paul budget that would “cut the average Social Security recipioent’s benefits by nearly 40 percent.” [Vote 100, 5/16/12; Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 5/17/12]
  • 2015: Voted for a budget that called on Medicare to be subjected to “$430 billion in spending cuts without explaining where they would be made.” [Senate Vote 171, 5/5/15; Conference Report, 4/29/15; Bloomberg, 3/27/15; Congressional Actions, S. Con. Res. 11]
  • 2017: Voted for a budget resolution that “propose[d] $473 billion in cuts to Medicare’s baseline spending over a decade and about $1 trillion from Medicaid” [Senate Vote 245,10/19/17; The Hill, 10/19/17; Congressional Actions, H. Con. Res. 71]
  • 2017: Voted for a corporate tax giveaway that spiked the federal deficit, “trimmed a year of solvency from the primary Medicare trust fund and had a negative effect on the Social Security trust fund.” [Politifact, 9/5/18]
  • 2018: Said, “hopefully at some point here we’ll get serious about” cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. [YouTube, Washington Free Beacon, 10/16/18] (VIDEO)

“Senator Mitch McConnell has spent years leading the charge to gut Kentuckians’ Medicare and Social Security benefits, so it’s no surprise that he is refusing to stand up to his party’s latest threat to put these benefits back on the chopping block,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “Make no mistake — with Medicare and Social Security on the ballot in 2020, Kentuckians know that Senator McConnell is to blame, and he cannot hide from his toxic record of trying to cut, privatize, and undermine his constituents’ retirement security.”


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