GOP senator: Only way to improve Biden's budget 'is with a shredder'
Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-La.) took shots at President Joe Biden’s proposed budget Sunday, mocking the $6.8 trillion proposal the White House unveiled Thursday.
“The president says that his budget will solve our financial problems in Medicare and Social Security; that is not true. Anything seems possible when you don't know what you are talking about,” Kennedy said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“The only way I know how to improve the president's budget is with a shredder,” he later added.
Biden’s budget, which includes tax hikes on wealthy Americans and corporations, record military funding and a plan to cut the deficit by $3 trillion over the course of a decade, is seen of having little chance of passing in Congress.
House Republicans have called for cuts to spending in return for lifting the debt ceiling later this year; the House Freedom Caucus offered a 10-point plan last week. In addition, Florida Sen. Rick Scott has suggested sunsetting Social Security and Medicare programs as a way to do so, a topic that became particularly contentious after Biden criticized the plan during his State of the Union speech earlier this year.
On Sunday, Kennedy said there should be conversations about making changes to these programs, though he was quick to say people should receive the Medicare and Social Security benefits they’ve paid for. But he echoed recent comments by Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley suggesting the possibility of raising the eligibility age for Social Security.
“Of course we ought to talk about it,” Kennedy told host Shannon Bream.
“The life expectancy of the average American right now is about 77 years old. For people who are in their 20s, their life expectancy will probably be 85 to 90. Does it really make sense to allow someone who is in their 20s today to retire at 62? Those are the kind of things that we should talk about.”
“There are a lot of things we could talk about,” Kennedy added, “but President Biden has taken that issue totally off the table.”