House Republican: ‘We're not talking about taking away benefits from those who deserve those benefits’

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnElection Countdown: Takeaways from too-close-to-call Ohio special election | Trump endorsements cement power but come with risks | GOP leader's race now rated as 'toss-up' | Record numbers of women nominated | Latino candidates get prominent role in 2020 Top Koch official fires back at critics: We are not an 'appendage' of the GOP The Hill's Morning Report: Trump tries to rescue Ohio House seat as GOP midterm fears grow MORE (R-Tenn.) on Sunday stressed that her colleagues are focused on preserving benefits for recipients who deserve them as House Republicans push entitlement reform. 

"We're not talking about taking away benefits from those who deserve those benefits," Blackburn said on the Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures."

"The goal is to make certain that those who deserve and need those benefits get everything that they're entitled to," she continued. 

"You do it by making the system more efficient, by innovating, utilizing health-care technology." 

Blackburn's comments come as Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump revokes Brennan's security clearance The Hill's 12:30 Report Poll: Republicans favor Scalise for Speaker; Dems favor Pelosi MORE (R-Wis.) has angled to make entitlement reform a GOP priority in 2018, calling Medicare and Medicaid the “big drivers of debt."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator reviving effort to rein in Trump on tariffs The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape MORE (R-Ky.), however, has dismissed a focus on  entitlement reform, saying Democrats will not be interested. 

Democrats have argued that Republicans have added to the nation’s fiscal problems by passing a $1.5 trillion package of tax cuts earlier this month.