June 14, 2019 Press Releases

McSally’s Senate Allies Renew Push For Earned Benefit Cuts

Martha McSally’s Senate Allies Renew Push For Earned Benefit Cuts

The McSally-GOP cuts would be devastating for the 1.3 million Arizonans who count on Social Security, 1.2 million Arizonans who rely on Medicare, and 3 in 5 Arizona nursing home residents who are covered under AHCCCS

PHOENIX — Two of U.S. Sen. Martha McSally‘s Republican Senate colleagues this week renewed McSally and their party’s — read: their biggest megadonors’ — longtime effort to slash funding for programs like Social Security, Medicare, and AHCCCS.

McSally’s Republican colleagues claim that slashing Social Security and Medicare is the only way to address the national debt. But that false narrative is rebutted by the fact that Republicans, less than two years ago, jammed through a trillion-dollar giveaway to multinational corporations and billionaires that’s already added $2 trillion to the national debt. In fact, the McSally-GOP tax law’s giveaway to their corporate donors was so significant, that “The U.S. Treasury saw a 31 percent drop in corporate tax revenues last year, almost twice the decline official budget forecasters had predicted,” according to a new report.

Here are McSally’s Republican colleagues’ latest calls to slash earned benefits programs:

  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX):
    • “We do need to cut spending. But cutting discretionary spending, especially defense spending, is not the place to save money … it’s in the entitlement programs.”
  • Sen. David Perdue (R-GA):
    • “Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday renewed his push for Congress to overhaul its government funding process, introducing a bill he hopes will be the first step toward tackling Social Security, Medicare and other growing parts of the federal budget.”
McSally has for years backed plans that would threaten Arizonans’ access to earned benefits programs, including by:
If successful, the latest McSally-Republican push for deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and AHCCCS would be devastating for Arizonans:
  • Social Security benefits 1.3 million Arizonans;
  • Medicare covers 1.2 million Arizonans; and,
  • AHCCCS covers 3 in 5 Arizona nursing home residents and 3 in 8 Arizona kids.