We Found the GOP’s Closing Economic Message

Six days out from Election Day, top Republicans like NRSC Chair Rick Scott and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy are running on a closing economic pitch that could put Americans’ hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits on the chopping block.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at Rick Scott’s so-called “Rescue America” plan for yourself. This wildly unpopular plan would put millions of Americans’ hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits at risk of spending cuts.

New York Times: “Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm… has proposed subjecting nearly all federal spending programs to a renewal vote every year. Like Mr. Johnson’s plan, that would make Medicare and Social Security more vulnerable to budget cuts.”

And it’s not just Rick Scott — Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson has gone even further and said that he wants to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block every year.

New York Times: “Mr. Johnson has proposed subjecting Social Security and Medicare to annual congressional spending bills… That would leave the programs susceptible to Washington’s frequent and fraught debates over funding the government, making it more difficult for retirees to count on a steady stream of benefits.”

Let’s be clear: coming after Social Security is the Republican Party line. Top House Republicans have already come out and made clear that if they take control, they would make it one of their “top priorities” to gut these critical programs. In fact, the Republican Study Committee, which represents a majority of House Republicans, put out a budget proposing cuts to Social Security.

Bloomberg Government: “Social Security and Medicare eligibility changes, spending caps, and safety-net work requirements are among the top priorities for key House Republicans who want to use next year’s debt-limit deadline to extract concessions from Democrats.”

New York Times: “The conservative Republican Study Committee in the House, which is poised to assume a position of influence if the party claims the majority, has issued a detailed plan that would raise the retirement age for both programs and reduce Social Security benefits for some higher-earning retirees.”

Don’t get it twisted: Less than a week out from Election Day, Republicans are running on a closing message to cut Social Security and Medicare. That’s the GOP’s real midterm agenda.