Durbin Sees Difficulty in Getting Sixty Votes for Social Security Reform

Social Security reforms “likely won’t become a part of Senate negotiations toward a long-term fiscal reform [package] for political reasons, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday,” The Hill reports.

Durbin, a member of a six-person, bipartisan group of senators who are hammering out an agreement to reduce the national debt, said that including Social Security reforms in that package would make it difficult to get the 60 votes needed for any proposal to move ahead in the Senate.

"Including Social Security makes it extremely difficult to bring the 60 votes together," Durbin said on MSNBC. "Especially in the Democratic caucus."

Earlier this month “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sent a stern warning to those hoping to reform Social Security, saying he’d only be willing to consider major changes to the entitlement program in 20 years.”

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