Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is looking President Biden a liar after being repeatedly characterised as a Republican in search of to finish key entitlement packages.
Throughout his Wednesday speech in Madison, Wisconsin, Biden acknowledged the “spirited debate” he had with Home Republicans through the State of the Union tackle Tuesday night time — when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and others booed and shouted that he was a “liar” for claiming Republicans need to lower Social Safety and Medicare entitlements.
Refusing to again down on the Wisconsin rally, the president pulled out a brochure with the 12-point plan to “Rescue America” put ahead by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., which Biden and Democrats have asserted lays out a proposal that might trigger Social Safety and Medicare packages to finish with out Congressional motion.
The president then learn a placard with a 2022 quote from Johnson, by which the Republican lawmaker known as for Social Safety and Medicare entitlements to be transitioned from obligatory to discretionary spending, which might require Congress to funds for these packages yearly.
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Biden’s accusation was in reference to August 2022, when Johnson prompt that Social Safety and Medicare ought to now not exist as federal entitlement packages. Johnson specified that he believed the packages ought to as a substitute be permitted yearly as discretionary spending.
“When you qualify for the entitlement, you simply get it it doesn’t matter what the fee,” Johnson mentioned on the time. “And our drawback on this nation is that greater than 70% of our federal funds, of our federal spending, is all obligatory spending. It is on computerized pilot. It by no means, you simply do not do correct oversight. You do not get in there and repair the packages going bankrupt.”
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In an interview after the remark, Johnson denied wanting to finish Social Safety or Medicare.
Johnson informed Fox Digital in an unique assertion on Wednesday, “President Biden is mendacity about me. He lied final night time, and he lied once more right this moment. I by no means prompt placing Medicare & Social Safety on the chopping block. In truth, it was Joe Biden himself who prompt freezing these packages.”
Johnson’s remark was in reference to proposed laws from 1975 whereas Biden was within the higher chamber of Congress — the now-president put ahead a invoice requiring all federal packages to sundown after 4 years.
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When pushing his invoice as a senator, Biden mentioned “it requires each program to be checked out freshly no less than as soon as each 4 years.”
Johnson stood by his previous feedback and reiterated his perception that Social Safety and Medicare are financially unstable.
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“I need to save these packages. I’ve merely identified the best risk to those packages is uncontrolled debt and deficits. We want a course of to prioritize spending and decease our deficits,” Johnson concluded.
Fox Information’ Houston Keene and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.