Democratic Senators Charles E. Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Warren busting Senate Republicans for trying to secretly jam through the confirmation of a person who is trying to privatize Social Security to serve on the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees.
The Democratic Senators said in a joint statement on the Republican attempts to jam through the confirmation of Charles Blahous:
As Public Trustee Mr. Blahous' has promoted a radical agenda – spreading misinformation and fear about the future of Social Security and Medicare while claiming to represent the very programs that protect millions of seniors from poverty.
Republicans are trying to jam his nomination through committee today, out of view from the public in an effort to hide their extreme agenda. Ultimately, they won't be successful. We will block his confirmation to serve as a trustee on the Social Security and Medicare advisory board this year.
This must be the last time his nomination comes before the Senate.
President-elect Trump repeatedly promised to millions of Americans that he would not cut their Social Security benefits. America's seniors expect that he will live up to that promise. One small step he can take towards doing this is by nominating individuals to the board who are committed to protecting and expanding, not slashing, Social Security to meet the needs of America's workers in the years ahead.
The Democrats are correct. Republicans are trying to hide their true agenda. The GOP has learned to disguise their real goal on Social Security. Republicans talk about protecting Social Security and Medicare for seniors, or not touching Social Security and Medicare, but the real plan has always been to privatize both programs.
Republicans are trying to jam through a confirmation to the Board of Trustees who if his positions were publicly known would spark backlash and outrage.
Democrats have been warning for years that if Republicans ever were in total control of the government, they would be coming for Social Security and Medicare. Senate Republicans are laying the groundwork for a full-blown assault on the beloved programs that millions of Americans depend on.
It will be up to Democrats to sound the alarm and alert the public, but nothing less than a massive public rebuke will stop the Republican privatization efforts from moving forward.