Sen. Rick Scott’s proposal to place all federal programs on a five-year limit has been amended as a result of criticism from both sides of the political aisle and mention during the president’s State of the Union address. According to CNN, the Republican Party’s “Rescue America” plan now specifies “specified exceptions” for Medicare, Social Security, national security, veterans’ benefits, and other important programs.
President Biden emphasized this in his address to Congress, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell later came out against it. The proposal included no exceptions. According to the original idea, “Congress can adopt a law again if it is worth retaining.”
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Scott insisted that his intention was not to make Social Security and Medicaid subject to congressional approval every five years. He attributed the criticism to politicians who are “lying to you every chance they get” in an opinion article that was published Friday, according to the Hill. According to Scott’s article in the Washington Examiner, McConnell was “fully aware” that Biden had misled about the proposal. He had removed a clause mandating that every American pay at least some federal income tax, a modification that had previously been challenged by both parties. Those whose income is below the tax level might have been compelled to pay as a result.
When Biden brought up the subject in his address to Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and other Republicans yelled “liar.”
According to the Washington Post, the White House commended Scott on Friday for joining other Republicans in “acknowledging that they have, in fact, been pushing to put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.” In an earlier interview this month, McConnell stated: “It’s obvious that Rick Scott has a plan. The GOP agenda is not it.”