The White House released its budget proposal earlier this week with plans to enact “steep reductions” in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health insurance, Social Security’s disability benefits, nutrition assistance and more. Senate Republicans have been part of “longstanding GOP efforts” to attack earned benefits and safety net programs… but instead of admitting they support President Trump’s budget and its goals, the GOP has decided they don’t want to hold a Senate hearing on the topic because it will turn into a “diatribe against the president.”
The real reason why Republicans won’t hold a hearing on Trump’s budget is clear: the plan is another “damaging” political liability for vulnerable GOP incumbents in November.
Unfortunately for Senate Republicans, hearing or no hearing, they already have their own lengthy records in Washington of supporting efforts to gut these programs. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials have been struggling to explain and defend the GOP’s reckless fiscal agenda on Capitol Hill this week:
“By ducking and dodging instead of actually opposing the White House’s toxic budget, Senate Republicans are reminding voters that the future of health care and retirement security is on the ballot in 2020,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “This budget blueprint is yet another liability for Republican incumbents who already have problematic records of attacking and undermining programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that seniors, hardworking families and Americans with disabilities have earned and count on to make ends meet.”
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