Social Security Changes Could be in Deficit Proposal, Durbin Says

Lawmakers “shouldn’t be so quick to rule out changes or cuts to Social Security, a top Senate Democrat participating in bipartisan Gang of Six talks says in a new interview,” The Hill reports.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip who’s negotiating with two other Democrats and three Republicans on a major deficit-reduction plan, broke from more liberal members of his party, who want to safeguard Social Security from any changes.

Durbin said he wouldn’t be signing on to a "Sense of the Senate" resolution by Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a liberal who caucuses with Democrats, saying that benefits should not be cut. And he warned that revisions to the program, such as means-testing benefits for wealthier Americans, could be among the changes suggested by the negotiators.

"If we deal with it today, it’s an easier solution than waiting. I think we ought to deal with it. Many of my colleagues disagree, [and would] put it off to another day," Durbin said of Social Security in a video interview with ABC News posted Tuesday. "But from my point of view, leaving it out makes it easier politically — including it, I think, meets an obligation, which we have to senior citizens."

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2 responses to “Social Security Changes Could be in Deficit Proposal, Durbin Says

  1. Pat

    Increase the taxes on the wealthy 2% of our citizens. Tax corporate america. Why should EXXON-MOBIL, Bank of America, CitiGroup etc pay no taxes. Decrease the Defense Department’s budget — cut out the pork in that budget should save billions. End both wars.
    By increasing revenue we should be able to balance our budget without screwing with our senior citizens on Social Security and Medicare. We won’t have to screw with those in financial needed with Medicaid.

  2. Senate jr.

    Senator Durbin,
    Why don’t yu stop talking out of both sides of your mouth. Why are you trying to get two more democrats to side with you on a view that is not benefical for the american people.

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