Rick Scott Fights War With Biden and McConnell Over ‘Sunsetting’ Social Security Misinformation

Florida Senator Rick Scott is getting heat from President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over his “Rescue America Plan,” which some say threatened  Social Security.

Scott introduced a twelve-point plan as part of his role as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which he promoted as the party’s platform for the midterms. Many quickly pointed out a part of the plan that read, “All federal legislation sunsets in 5 years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.” Medicare, Social security, and other long-running entitlement programs are the types of legislation this proposed rule could affect. Democrats called it an express bid to end the two programs.

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Democrats called out one plank that would sunset all federal laws after five years as a bid to cut Social Security and Medicare. McConnell and other Republicans have also repeatedly disavowed the platform, likely seeing it as political suicide.

Mitch McConnell has not been gentle with his criticism either. In a radio interview with Kentucky host Terry Meiners, McConnell called the threat to the entitlement programs “clearly the Rick Scott plan, it’s not the Republican plan,”

“This is a bad idea. I think it will be a challenge for him to deal with this in his own reelection in Florida, a state with more elderly people than any other state in America….Speaker McCarthy said Social Security and Medicare are not to be touched and I’ve said the same. And I think we’re in a more authoritative position to state what the position of the party is than any single senator.”

McConnell is referencing recent barbs President Biden delivered from the podium during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The President said that some Republicans wanted to eliminate the entitlement programs.

“Instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share, some Republicans — some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to sunset.  I’m not saying it’s a majority —”

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McConnell is arguing it’s just Scott who wants this, while Scott denies that he wants to cut social security. From Scott’s political team, Chris Hartline said as much on Twitter in response to the news.

“Lol. Rick Scott knows how to win Florida a hell of a lot better than Mitch McConnell does. Some DC Republicans can keep parroting Democrat lies, but that won’t stop Rick Scott from fighting for conservative principles instead of caving to Biden every day.”

Biden went after Scott specifically after arriving in Tampa. In attempts to back up his point, the President’s team handed out copies of Rick Scotts American rescue plan, the relevant part of which requires the entitlement programs to be renewed and likely modified, not necessarily cut. Biden laid into Scott anyway.

“The very idea the senator from Florida wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every five years I find to be somewhat outrageous. So outrageous that you might not even believe it.”

Scott again fired back; according to Politico, the Florida senator is already airing ads calling Biden a liar and demanding his resignation. He also took to the airwaves live, even on CNN, to make the case.
“Nobody believes that I want to cut Medicare or Social Security. I never said it.”

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