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In Hearing, Democrats Mislead On Social Security.

September 24, 2020

Democrats today worked overtime to spread falsehoods about Social Security.

On the heels of receiving Four Pinocchios from the Washington Post for attacking nonexistent plans to slash Social Security benefits, Democrats called a hearing to try and scare Americans.

Republicans called them out for this stunt.

Throughout the multi-hour hearing, Democrats failed to mention a single plan actually proposed by Republicans in Congress or the White House to slash Social Security benefits.

“We did not hear any truthful plan that the President has ever said that he wanted to end Social Security,” Rep. Ron Estes said.

Some Democrats purported that the President’s executive order to defer payroll taxes would hurt Social Security benefits. But the Treasury Department confirmed that the deferral will have no impact on current or future payments.

“That is so grossly misleading that I cannot believe that in a time of crisis, when our seniors are already anxious…we’re going to come here to make Social Security a political football,” Rep. Jodey Arrington said. “It is beneath the Committee to have this hearing.” 

And when Republicans, led by Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), introduced legislation to forgive the payroll taxes from the President’s deferral, Democrats refused to sign on. Even though Democrats twice forgave payroll taxes under the previous administration.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) said of Trump’s payroll tax cut that is “not enough to really do anything.” But Democrats, under President Obama, celebrated his payroll tax cut, saying that an extra $40 per paycheck “made all the difference,” providing testimonials of those who benefited.

“We want to work with you, we don’t want to engage in this political theater,” Subcommittee Republican Leader Tom Reed said to Democrats at the hearing, solidifying Republican commitment toward strengthening Social Security for current and future generations. But today’s hearing “is just fearmongering,” the New York Republican said.

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