Progress on Social Security
Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomed White House assurances that Social Security benefits won’t be cut as part of negotiations on a year-end, deficit-reduction deal. “The simple truth is that Social Security has not contributed a nickel to the national debt so it makes no sense for it to be part of deficit negotiations,” said Bernie, who founded the Senate Defending Social Security Caucus.
On Monday, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said Social Security should be addressed separately from the lame-duck deficit negotiations. “We should address the drivers of the deficit and Social Security currently is not a driver of the deficit,” Carney said.
“The American people have been clear that Social Security is enormously important to their well-being and that it should not be cut,” Bernie said. “The election and poll after poll show clearly that the American people want the wealthiest people and the largest corporations in this country, who are doing phenomenally well, to play a significant role in reducing the deficit.”
More than 128,000 people receive Social Security benefits in Vermont, or about one in five Vermonters.