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Rep Fleming: Obama Chooses to Pay Bureaucrats over Seniors


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement today after President Obama said that he cannot guarantee that seniors will receive their Social Security checks on August 3rd if President Obama and Democrats fail once again to reach an agreement that cuts spending and brings us back to financial sanity.

"ENOUGH Mr. President. STOP your demagoguery. The people of the Greatest Generation -- our seniors -- deserve more than politics and scare tactics. The plain truth is that if we do not have a deal before August 3, the government has the authority to pay the interest on the debt and cover other expenses. The choice rests in your hands President Obama. Would you deliberately choose to pay EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) bureaucrats or even YOURSELF over our seniors? If any payments are delayed to members of our Military, active and retired, and to our seniors, I will not accept my paycheck until they receive their checks," said Congressman Fleming.

Congressman Fleming added, "Sadly, President Obama's scare tactics won't solve this debt ceiling crisis that he created with his big government spending policies. Instead of working with Republicans on this critical issue, President Obama would rather hold seniors hostage for his political gain. Once again, this is another example of President Obama's failure to lead when it comes to fixing our nation's finances."

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