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Rush Statement on House Republicans’ Plot to Extinguish Seniors’ Retirement Security

April 12, 2018

US Capitol

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the House Republicans' failed attempt to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security:

"The House Republicans' cynical balanced budget amendment was nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to provide political cover for their irresponsible and unpopular GOP tax scam, which is projected to explode the deficit by nearly two trillion dollars ($2,000,000,000,000).

"In their obvious ploy to save their political careers they brought forward legislation that would force deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Congressional Republicans already sided with Wall Street, the wealthy, and well-connected with their tax law and now they are willing to kick seniors to the curb to maintain their façade of fiscal responsibility.

"I refuse to participate in this sham and to allow Republicans to destroy our seniors' retirement security. It is clear they have been greatly influenced by President Trump because this — like so many of his ideas, proposals, and tweets — is nothing more than a long con.

"Republicans need to realize that fiscal responsibility is more than a talking point. These actions have direct and significant consequences for people and their futures. That is why I stand by the promise our country made to our seniors and veterans and that is why I voted NO on this plot to extinguish Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security."

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