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

Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnDems vow swift action on gun reform next year Blackburn calls for addressing mental health issues after California shooting Dems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators 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."

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"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 RyanWithout new Democratic message, Donald Trump is the 2020 favorite Dems race to protect Mueller probe Proposed House GOP rules would force indicted lawmakers to step down from leader roles: report 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 McConnellSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Momentum builds for Dems to take on campaign finance reform Will Trump be partisan brawler or smart dealmaker with Congress? 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.