Ms. BROWN of Florida. Social Security has nothing to do with the debt problems that we are facing now, and seniors and the disabled should not be held hostage by the Republicans, whose only priority in this debate is to protect America's wealthiest citizens.
Under former President Bush, our Nation financed two wars on our credit card, and senior citizens should not be collateral damage. We lost trillions of dollars through irresponsible tax cuts. So let's be clear that tax cuts are the same as spending when it comes to the deficit. Now the Republican Party's proposed solution is to make up the difference by taking money from seniors. That is unacceptable.
I am from Florida, the home of Claude Pepper. If he were here today, he would be furious that a program developed to keep seniors out of poverty has been jeopardized by tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.