Stories tagged: "social security"


Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a news conference in Statuary Hall at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. McCarthy rounded his first full week as House speaker in the most outwardly orderly way. There was hardly a hint of the chaotic, rebellious fight it took for the Republicans to arrive here, having barely installed him as the leader with the gavel. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
MAGA Republicans Plan to Hold the Economy Hostage to Cut Social Security and Medicare

The debt ceiling is a numerical limit, set by Congress, on how much money the federal government can borrow to pay its bills. Increasing the debt ceiling is a routine congressional task, but Republicans want to hold it hostage to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare, even though failing to raise the limit would cause massive economic devastation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., walks to the chamber for final votes as the House wraps up its work for the week, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. McCarthy is seeking enough GOP backing to become Democrat Nancy Pelosi's successor when Republicans take control of the House in the new Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Republicans’ Agenda Focuses on Social Security Cuts and Sham Investigations—Not Working Families

Between Republicans’ economic agenda, spurious investigations, and threatened impeachments, the House is looking at a busy but unproductive year.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign stop for Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, right, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Obama Unloads on Ron Johnson Threats to Social Security

Former President Barack Obama visited Milwaukee recently for a get out the vote rally on behalf of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.  With both top of the ticket races true toss-ups in 50-50 Wisconsin Obama had a lot of ground to cover – from the...

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The Republican Party’s Economic Agenda Includes Tax Cuts for Corporations and Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

Republicans have said they want to extend the Trump tax cuts, which mostly benefited billionaires and corporations; cut spending on Social Security and Medicare; and repeal the Inflation Reduction Act, which lowered the cost of prescription drugs and raised taxes on corporations.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and GOP members meet with reporters on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
6 Times Republicans Suggested—or Outright Said—they Want to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Top Republicans have made clear they plan to hold the global economy hostage to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Don’t believe us? Here are six separate times they’ve suggested—or outright said—they want to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

13 of the Scariest Things Ron Johnson Has Said as Wisconsin’s Senior Senator

It’s a spooky time of year, but Republican Sen. Ron Johnson doesn’t reserve frightening remarks just for the month of October. These are 13 of the scariest things he’s said as Wisconsin’s senior senator.

FILE - Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the ranking member of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations, speaks as the panel holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, July 26, 2022.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Ron Johnson Wants to Talk About Anything but His Plan to Cut Social Security and Medicare

In an effort to obscure his unpopular record, Sen. Ron Johnson and his allies have run a barrage of misleading, racist TV ads distorting Mandela Barnes’ record on criminal justice to convince voters Barnes is responsible for a surge in crime.