The only reason to create a fast-track, closed-door commission is to overthrow the will of the American people by cutting their hard-earned benefits. Anyone who supports this commission is supporting cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
By Jake Johnston
More than 100 organizations, including the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, released a joint letter to members of Congress on Wednesday opposing Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson’s push for a “fiscal commission” that opponents warn would fast-track cuts to Social Security.
“The White House has accurately described such a commission as a ‘death panel’ for Social Security,” reads the new letter, which was signed by Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the American Federation of Teachers, and dozens of other groups.
“It is imperative to understand that Social Security does not add a penny to the federal debt,” the letter continues. “It has its own dedicated revenue, cannot spend a penny unless it has sufficient dedicated revenue to cover the cost of all benefits and associated administrative costs, and has no borrowing authority.”
“Congress should not abdicate its responsibility to make hard choices through regular order by hiding behind a fiscal commission,” the letter adds. “Congress already has a process to confront the federal debt. That process is known as reconciliation. Revealingly, Social Security cuts are excluded from the reconciliation procedure, because, as previously stated, the program is totally self-funded, cannot pay benefits or associated costs without the revenue to cover the costs, has no borrowing authority, and, therefore, does not add a penny to the deficit.”