Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement in response to misleading remarks made today by President Obama regarding the United States' ability to continue paying Social Security to retirees and disabled Americans:
"Today, President Obama said he "cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,' this statement is misleading and is wrong and completely unacceptable," said Aderholt. "As if on cue, the Administration pressed the emergency "scare seniors' button when they feel that spending cuts might win out over tax increases."
"First of all, federal revenue more than covers debt-interest payments, Social Security and Medicare, and pays for our military personnel," continued Aderholt. "The President is desperately trying to avoid making the tough spending cut decisions on the remaining domestic programs."
"Secondly, the Administration's false claims and continued use of scare tactics in the media are irresponsible at best. This type of political posturing geared towards scaring senior and disabled citizens who rely upon their social security checks will only further damage the Administration's self-proclaimed ambition of having an adult conversation on the debt ceiling and spending in Washington," said Aderholt. "It's critical we work together to do what's best for those we serve, Republican and Democrat alike, not misinform them for the benefit of their own political agendas."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.