Mr. NOLAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to set the record straight here with regard to Social Security and Medicare:
First of all, neither one of them are responsible for the debt and the current fiscal crisis that we find ourselves facing;
Secondly, neither of them are entitlements. They're earned benefits that people started paying for the very first day, the very first hour they went to work, and they have every right to expect those benefits;
Thirdly, there are some long-term problems with both, and they should and need to be fixed, but they can be done, clearly, without reducing the benefits.
Let me remind all of us that nothing has done more in this country to lift more people out of poverty than Social Security, and nothing has done more to add more life and more years to life than Medicare.
Mr. President, my fellow Members, we must stand up for Social Security and Medicare and protect those benefits going forward.