Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “said Wednesday that cost-cutting in large government benefit programs is possible ‘as long as you eliminate Social Security’ from the discussion, registering opposition to prominent proposals to hold down spending,” the AP reports.
"Social Security has contributed not a single penny to the deficit. So we can talk about entitlements as long as you eliminate Social Security," said Reid, D-Nev. "Because Social Security is not part of the problem we have in America with the deficit."
Reid’s spokesman, Jon Summers, said the Nevada Democrat opposes any cuts for Social Security recipients, as well as any reduction in benefits promised to future retirees. He also rejects an increase in the age at which workers can begin to draw full Social Security retirement, Summers said, because "he sees that as a benefit cut."