Verbatim fact check: Elizabeth Warren on Social Security in Trump’s budget
June 15, 2017
In response to President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) claimed the following: “During his campaign, Donald Trump said over and over and over that he would not cut Social Security. So much for that campaign promise. Budget is out today and now we’ve seen it, right here—cut Social Security $73 billion over the next ten years.”
The president’s budget released on May 23 proposes to reduce the growth of spending for two Social Security programs by $72.5 billion over 10 years: Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Trump did not propose cuts in current spending levels, nor would the proposed cuts, if enacted, affect retirement benefits.
Trump’s budget proposes $3.6 trillion in total spending reductions between 2018 and 2027. The proposal is an expression of the president’s desired budget actions, not a bill or law; Congress writes funding legislation, which the president can sign or veto.
OASI—typically referred to as retirement benefits—is financed through a trust fund that receives money from payroll taxes on employees and employers. Tax revenue collected in excess of required payouts is placed in the reserve fund.
SSDI is also funded through payroll taxes, with excess revenues placed into a reserve fund (separate from the OASI fund). Eligibility for the program requires having paid into the system.
The Supplemental Security Income program is funded through general tax revenues and is paid to individuals with limited incomes who are disabled, blind, and/or over the age of 65. (Eligibility is not dependent on having paid into the Disability Insurance and Old Age and Survivors Insurance trust funds.
Trump’s budget does not propose any reduction to current levels of spending for SSDI and SSI. It proposes to reduce the amount of future spending growth projected under congressional budgeting.
In January 2017, the Congressional Budget Office projected that annual spending for SSDI would increase from $148 billion in 2018 to $217 billion in 2027 based on the projected growth in the number of recipients. Annual spending for SSI would increase from $52 billion in 2018 to $74 billion in 2027. Trump’s budget proposes to reduce that increase by $63.5 billion in SSDI spending and $9 billion in SSI spending over 10 years.
Social Security budget proposal
The largest proportion of the reductions—$48.8 billion—would come from changes aimed at increasing labor force participation (LFP), thereby reducing the number of people receiving SSDI. Measures include requiring applicants to seek jobs before their applications are considered, testing time-limited benefits, and increasing vocational and rehabilitation services .(Hence, President Trump’s reasoning behind his “Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America.”)
Article also includes explanations of the following: 1) Other cuts come from Reducing the time period for which new applicants would qualify for retroactive disability benefits; 2) requiring applicants to seek reconsideration from the state of a denial of benefits; 3) by instituting a sliding scale for SSI benefits for people living in families with another SSI beneficiary; and, reducing total benefits if other income exceeds 80 percent of prior income.
Trump’s Social Security promises
As a candidate, Trump made numerous pledges to not cut Social Security benefits. For example, while announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015, Trump stated: “We’ve got Social Security that’s going to be destroyed if somebody like me doesn’t bring money into the country. …I’m not going to cut it at all. I’m going to bring money in and we’re going to save it.
At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on December 2015, he said: “You’ve been paying into Social Security—and Medicare by the way— …We’re not going to cut your Social Security and we’re not cutting your Medicare. We’re going to take jobs back from all these countries that are ripping us off. We’re going to become a wealthy country again and we’re going to be able to save your Social Security.”
Republican presidential debate in March 2016, Trump specifically discussed the retirement portion of Social Security. In response to the question, Trump said, “It’s my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is.”
Ahead of the release of Trump’s budget, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump’s campaign promises about Social Security related only to the retirement benefits. “If you ask, 999 people out of 1,000 would tell you that Social Security Disability is not part of Social Security. Old age retirement—that they think of as Social Security.
In response to the release of President Trump’s budget proposal on May 23, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, “During his campaign, Donald Trump said over and over and over that he would not cut Social Security. So much for that campaign promise. Budget is out today and now we’ve seen it, right here—cut Social Security $73 billion over the next ten years.”
Trump did promise several times as a candidate not to cut Social Security. His administration has said that he was referring only to Social Security retirement benefits.
Trump’s budget proposes to reduce by $72.5 billion over 10 years the projected spending growth for two programs within Social Security: the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
He did not propose to cut current spending levels or to reduce Social Security retirement benefits.
Read the Article HERE.
If illegals, corrupt congress members, agencies, health organizations, lawyers and others got their fingers out of the system, it would not be in such dire straits right now. It was the maneuvering of President Obama as well as earlier presidents and congress’s kissing arse tacit agreement to be switching the funds from Social Security and Medicare without ever returning the money that set this into a downward spiral.
–In 2015 Huckabee and others accused Obama of draining $700 Billion from Social Security and Medicare to pay for illegals who used Obamacare.
–In 2016, CNS claimed that Obama unilaterally decided it was okay for illegal aliens to have access to Social Security Disability and just how many of those illegals have REAL social security numbers rather than ones bought on the black market?
–Also in 2016, the Washington Examiner noted that “Feds cut $167 million in domestic programs to house, feed illegals for just 1 month.”
And the list goes on and on far back to Clinton and beyond possibly.
So Elizabeth Warren finds it offensive that asking people to attempt to find jobs, reeducate themselves to find different employment, and actually being responsible about spending is a problem? Maybe that is why Oklahoma ,like other states, is finding so much social security and welfare fraud in their state? But then Warren has to make sure her name stays in the limelight or loose relevance for the next voting cycles…especially the presidential one. Good luck with that Warren…every time she has opened her mouth so far, people have called her out for the fake news she has perpetuated. One would think she would be tired of looking like a millennial rather than having common sense and maturity of an adult?