It was a moment of truth for a Texas Republican: Trying to outline how the Republican position for cutting government spending differs from that of President Barack Obama.
His approach? Trim “entitlement programs” — otherwise known as Social Security spending.
On Hardball Monday, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) argued that to balance the budget Congress needed to consider reducing Social Security spending for yet-to-be-retired beneficiaries. The idea isn’t a new one, and there have long been concerns about deficits in the program as Baby Boomers retire. But it’s sure to have other legislators running for the hills.
“You can get better health care and better retirement security if you go to a defined contribution plan. We had this debate in Social Security a few years ago,” Hensarling said, referring to a plan in which there is no guaranteed level of future benefits.
“Are those under 55 … gonna get the same deal as their parents? No, probably not,” the congressman added.
Hensarling noted that he wasn’t calling for benefits to be cut for those already receiving them or already over 55. And he wouldn’t give a direct answer to a question from MSNBC host Chris Matthews: “You mean cut Social Security benefits as a way of balancing the budget.”
Hensarling smiled but didn’t answer either way.
‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado
The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.
Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.
It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.
Giuliani henchmen caught on tape doing statewide tour for Indiana Republicans during 2018 election
New images of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman with prominent Republicans emerged on Wednesday.
"Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. campaigns attended an Indiana Republican event promoting U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and others just days before the 2018 election," the Indy Star reports.
"The reason remains a mystery," the newspaper noted.
House Homeland Security chairman directs sergeant at arms to ‘take action’ against Republicans who raided SCIF
On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Congressional sergeant at arms, Paul Irving, asking him to "take action" against the gang of House Republicans who invaded the classified information facility during an impeachment hearing.
"This unprecedented breach of security raises serious concerns for Committee Chairmen, including me, responsible for maintaining SCIFs," wrote Thompson. "As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior."