ICYMI: Daines “Begging to Cut the Social Security Benefits of Montanans” [Montana Standard Op-Ed] 

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ICYMI: Daines “Begging to Cut the Social Security Benefits of Montanans” [Montana Standard Op-Ed] 
 
Helena, MT – Today, the Montana Standard published an op-ed written by executive director of Big Sky 55+ Tully Olson calling out Senator Steve Daines for his “full-throated support for Social Security cuts.” Olson writes that “Daines just can’t help himself when it comes to sabotaging Social Security” and “it’s completely transparent that Daines is begging to cut the Social Security benefits of Montanans.” 

During Daines’ time in Washington D.C., he has voted against expanding Social Security benefits. Additionally, Daines championed tax giveaways that disproportionately benefited massive corporations and the ultra-wealthy, while his party threatened to pay for them by cutting funding for Social Security. In recent weeks, Daines has chosen to remain in lockstep with GOP party bosses as they try to gut this essential program despite reports that the Republican proposal to eliminate payroll taxes could “permanently deplet[e]” Social Security funding by 2023.

Montana Standard: Guest view: Steve Daines snubs Social Security at every turn
By: Tully Olson 
 
Highlights:
 
“It’s an outrage, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that Steve Daines is totally on board with Donald Trump’s plan to terminate Social Security’s dedicated funding. In fact, Daines has demonstrated a deeply held commitment to undermining Social Security, even though it is a vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Montanans and their families.
 
Daines supports adding Social Security to the general budget process. This is a ploy to treat Social Security as just another program to slash, rather then the earned benefit that it is. Simply put: Social Security, as even Ronald Reagan understood, has nothing to do with the deficit.
 
Yet, Daines agrees with a plan by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) to use the deficit as an excuse to let Congress interfere with Social Security, even though it already has a $2.9 trillion reserve. Congress should not be able to hold our earned benefits hostage as part of the budget process or allow Donald Trump to scuttle the dedicated funding which keeps Social Security strong.
 
It is time for us to heed FDR’s warning about “damn politicians” like Steve Daines. Time and time again, Daines just can’t help himself when it comes to sabotaging Social Security.
 
Even worse, Daines is utterly disconnected from the needs of Montana’s Social Security beneficiaries. As a Senate candidate in 2012, Daines complained about so-called “entitlements” being “too rich,” and used insider-Washington speak to agitate for Social Security cuts.
 
By advocating for changing Social Security’s benefits without increasing revenue, Daines’s full-throated support for Social Security cuts stands nakedly obvious. It’s completely transparent that Daines is begging to cut the Social Security benefits of Montanans.
 
For years, Daines has been exceedingly eager to cut Social Security. Of course he can’t wait to help Donald Trump “terminate” Social Security.” 

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