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Rep. Larson calls Trump budget a ‘non-starter’ due to billions in cuts to Social Security

February 10, 2020
In The News

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson criticized President Donald Trump’s budget for proposing cuts in Social Security of $71 billion.

“Last week President Trump said he was going to protect Social Security. This week, he released his budget which includes $71 billion in cuts to Social Security,'' Larson said in a statement. "This budget in a non-starter. His proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare, food-assistance programs, and more will only hurt those who are already struggling. The President should live up to his promise, instead of breaking it.”

As the Social Security Subcommittee chairman on the House Ways and Means Committee, Larson follows the issue closely. He has authored the Social Security 2100 Act, which is designed to keep the well-known program solvent for at least 75 years.

Trump has repeatedly said that he would not cut Social Security, and he repeated that in a tweet on Saturday that said that his budget "will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare.''

The $4.8 trillion, election-year budget calls for a small increase of 0.3 percent in spending on the U.S. military while cutting programs related to foreign aid and the social safety net. The new federal fiscal year starts on October 1.