Congresswoman Corrine Brown delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the House of Representatives:
"I rise and ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.
I am from Florida, the home of Claude Pepper, one of our nation's greatest champions for senior citizens and if he were here with us today, he would be just furious that a program developed to keep seniors out of poverty was being jeopardized by tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires!
Social Security has nothing to do with the debt problems we are facing right 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. Of course, the millionaires do not need any assistance from the government; they are doing just fine.
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. And let me be clear: tax cuts are the same as spending when it comes to the deficit. And now the Republican Party's proposed solution is to make up the difference by taking money from seniors. Senior citizens, whose average social security retirement benefit is just $14,000 per year; whose median household income is $24,000 per year; 6 in 10 senior citizens rely on Social Security for the majority of their income; and 1 in 3 beneficiaries depend on Social Security for 90% or more of their income. And in Florida, 36 million seniors, 8.6 million disabled workers, and over 4 million children rely on Social Security benefits. So I repeat, any cut made to social security benefits is entirely unacceptable!"