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(FreedomWire.org) – McCarthy’s office is fighting against reports on several social media websites that Republicans are demanding that President Biden agree to work requirements on social services programs in an agreement that would raise the debt ceiling.

A headline from Raw Story declared, “McCarthy demands work requirements on ‘all the programs’ including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP.”

Interestingly, the Raw Story article was tweeted by a former Obama campaign official, Jon Cooper.

“Kevin McCarthy is demanding that WORK REQUIREMENTS be added to receive not only Medicaid but also Medicare and Social Security. He doesn’t think Americans have earned their benefits – despite paying into all three programs over the course of their entire working lives,” Cooper wrote in a separate post.

“The plan proposed by McCarthy and other GOP leaders to enforce work-related requirements in these federal benefit programs would not apply to Social Security and Medicare, contrary to information spreading on social media, the speaker’s office confirmed,” reported JustTheNews.

“Work requirements in the SNAP program, commonly referred to as food stamps, apply to adults between ages 18 to 49 without dependents,” JustTheNews reported. “These recipients must work 80 hours a month or enroll in a work-training program, according to the SNAP guidelines on the program’s website. Under the GOP proposal, the age would increase to 55.”

Notoriously liberal groups like Occupy Democrats and Public Citizen are also sharing the false stories about work requirements in the House Republican plan.

“Kevin McCarthy is demanding work requirements for Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security,” they wrote.

Republicans have set the record straight over and over again that cuts will not include Social Security or Medicare, but democrats continue to use it as a talking point and scare tactic.

(FreedomWire.org) – During his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Biden claimed that Republicans wanted to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare.

Then on Wednesday he doubled down on his debunked claims that Republicans want to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare using printed copies of proposals from GOP lawmakers to make his point at speech in Wisconsin.

During his speech, Biden acknowledged the “spirited debate” he had with House Republicans during the State of the Union address Tuesday night  — when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and others booed and shouted that he was a “liar” for claiming Republicans want to cut Social Security and Medicare entitlements. 

“They seem shocked when I raised the plans of some of their members in their caucus to cut Social Security. And Marjorie Taylor Greene and others stood up and said, ‘liar, liar’ … reminds me of ‘liar, liar, house on fire,'” Biden said. 

Refusing to back down, the president pulled out a brochure with the 12-point plan to “Rescue America” put forward by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., which Biden and Democrats have asserted lays out a proposal that would cause Social Security and Medicare programs to end without Congressional action.

“He says, ‘All federal legislation sunsets every five years. If the law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again,’” Biden read.  

Then the president read a placard with a 2022 quote from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, in which the Republican lawmaker called for Social Security and Medicare entitlements to be transitioned from mandatory to discretionary spending, which would require Congress to budget for those programs annually. 

Biden also referenced a video of Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaking at a campaign event in 2010 — more than a decade ago — in which Lee said his objective as a member of Congress would be “to phase out Social Security, to pull it up from the roots and get rid of it.” 

“Sounds pretty clear to me. How about you?” Biden told his audience. “But they sure didn’t like me calling them on it. Look, a lot of Republicans, their dream is to cut Social Security. Well, let me just say this: It’s your dream, but I’m going to — my veto pen, make it a nightmare.” 

Republicans have accused Biden of lying about their position on Social Security and Medicare. Scott’s proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, and he has said his ideas was “aimed at dealing with ALL the crazy new laws our Congress has been passing of late.” In a press release, Scott called Biden a liar.

Lee, who also accused Biden of lying Tuesday night, previously addressed the 2010 video when it resurfaced during his 2022 re-election campaign, telling Newsweek, “Throughout my first campaign and from the day I took office, I have been clear: we must honor our commitments to retirees. That has been reflected in every vote I’ve cast, every bill I’ve introduced, and every speech I’ve given regarding Social Security.” 

As for Johnson, he has insisted that the only way to save Social Security and Medicare from insolvency is to reform those programs instead of permitting them to continue racking up debt. 

After accusing Republicans of wanting to “sunset” Social Security and Medicare, a video emerged of Biden while he was still a senator for Delaware, he introduced legislation to sunset all federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

In 1975, while Biden was in the upper chamber of Congress, the now president put forward a bill requiring all federal programs to sunset after four years.

When pushing his bill as a senator, Biden said “it requires every program to be looked at freshly at least once every four years.”

“The examination is not just of the increased cost of the program, but of the worthiness of the entire program,” he said in 1975.

Biden doubled down on his legislation in the ’90s, saying on the Senate floor that his bill would affect Social Security.

“When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security, as well,” Biden said. “I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits.”

“I meant every single solitary thing in the federal government,” he said. “And I not only tried it once, I tried it twice, I tried it a third time, and I tried it a fourth time.”

(FreedomWire.org) – The White House tweeted this week that “President Biden’s leadership” resulted in the largest increase in Social Security payments seen in 10 years – a claim that drew a flag on Twitter because the increase was actually caused by a 40-year high in inflation.

“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted Tuesday.

The tweet was accompanied by a note from Twitter that states “readers added context” that “Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.”

Twitter cast that note as something from readers “thought people might want to know,” and said these “context” notes appear “when rated helpful by others.”

New Twitter owner Elon Musk on Tuesday acknowledged the addition of the reader note by saying, “The community notes feature is awesome. Our goal is to make Twitter the most accurate source of information on Earth, without regard to political affiliation.”

The White House tweet was also accompanied by several replies that asked whether the White House was trying to give Biden leadership credit for high inflation.

It is not the first time the White House has tried to bury the high inflation story and act as if the Biden administration on its own decide to boost Social Security payments. Last month, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain bragged that Social Security payments would rise by 8.7%.

“For the first time in a decade, SS benefits will go up while Medicare premiums are going DOWN,” Klain tweeted.

American Commitment President Phil Kerpen pointed out how deceptive Klain’s Medicare spin was.

That led to a backlash of criticism that the White House was ignoring the broader cost of record-high inflation on Americans’ standard of living, and instead celebrating an increase in benefits that will take place next year. Others said there are already complaints that the Social Security hike would not be enough to cover rising inflation.

Social Security benefits will rise by 8.7% next year, which is the largest cost-of-living adjustment since 1981. The Social Security Administration calculates COLA based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of 2021 to third quarter 2022.

The Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates in an effort to tamp down inflation, and is expected to boost rates again by 0.75% Wednesday afternoon.

The White House has now deleted a tweet that took credit for the cost of living adjustment to Social Security payments and a reporter asked press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre why.