The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday announced it is going after vulnerable Republicans for GOP plans to tackle entitlement spending.
The DCCC is using automated calls and ads in the campaign, which targets House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump: Dems ‘will make a deal’ on healthcare Pelosi, more Dems call for Nunes to step aside Nunes will not step down from Russia probe MORE (R-Wis.) and nine other Republicans.
“Everyone knows that Social Security belongs to the people who worked their whole life to pay into the system. But Representative [XXX] wants to use Social Security and Medicare as a piggy bank for the government. We can’t turn Social Security over to Wall Street banks or make Medicare into a voucher system,” the telephone script reads.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBottom Line Trump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life MORE's (R-Ohio.) office shot back Tuesday that it is President Obama's budget, which does not lay out a reform plan for Social Security, that will lead to benefit cuts.
"President Obama's congressional campaign arm is out today accusing Republicans of proposing 'radical benefit cuts' to programs like Social Security when — in fact — it is the president's own budget that by doing nothing would lead to 'radical benefit cuts' for seniors and future retirees, while piling more debt onto the backs of our kids and grandkids," his office said in a statement.
If Social Security is not reformed, either through smaller cuts or tax increases, there will be an across-the-board cut to benefits in 2037.
Ryan is planning to propose reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in a draft 2012 budget resolution due out early April. The reforms would need to be passed by Congress separately, but the resolution, if passed, would stand as a policy statement on how the GOP would deal with the national debt.
While the details of the reforms are yet not known, Ryan in his own January 2010 “Roadmap” plan called for turning Medicare into a partial voucher system and for allowing beneficiaries to invest money rather than contribute to Social Security via payroll taxes.
Last week, Ryan acknowledged publicly that his budget plans are handing Democrats a political weapon for 2012. But he called on both parties to come together to make the reforms in order to restore fiscal balance and shore up Social Security beyond 2037.
“Everyone agrees we need to cut spending, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by forcing seniors to shoulder the burden while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice even the smallest amount,” said Jennifer Crider of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a release.
The DCCC has also launched a website for its campaign: stopbenefitcuts.com.
The nine targets of the campaign in addition to Ryan are: Paul GosarPaul GosarHouse votes to begin debate on healthcare bill; six Republicans defect Live coverage: House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill GOP lawmakers leave Trump White House with no deal MORE (Ariz.), Bill Young (Fla.), Allen West (Fla.), Dan BenishekDan BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire MORE (Mich.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Lou BarlettaLou BarlettaTop Republican: The healthcare bill is dead GOP faces risky decision on ObamaCare vote White House: Steve King now a yes on ObamaCare bill MORE (Pa.), Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdOvernight Energy: Backlash to Trump’s proposed EPA cuts grows Watchdog piles on criticism of offshore drilling regulator Federal court: Texas House districts must be redrawn MORE (Texas), Sean DuffySean DuffyGOP rep: Dems have done nothing to fix ObamaCare CNN host, GOP rep spar over Trump wiretap talk GOP targets Baldwin over Wisconsin VA scandal MORE (Wis.) and David McKinleyDavid McKinleyThe Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan A guide to the committees: House Overnight Regulation: Republicans put Obama coal rule on chopping block MORE (W.Va.).