Senator Rick Scott of Florida has changed his proposal to expire all federal laws in five years, with the exception of Social Security and Medicare, after receiving criticism from President Biden and a rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Point six of Scott’s 12-point plan to “Rescue America” provides specific exemptions for critical services like Social Security, Medicare, national security, veterans’ benefits, etc. Without a renewal by Congress, all other federal laws would expire after five years.
“Note to President Biden, Sen. Schumer, and Sen. McConnell – As you know, this was never intended to apply to Social Security, Medicare, or the US Navy,” Scott’s amended plan states.
Scott released his plan last year as a proposed Republican legislative agenda ahead of the midterm elections. Democrats seized on several of Scott’s proposals, including a blanket statement that “all federal legislation sunsets in five years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.”
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Still, McConnell disavowed the “Rescue America” plan separating the Republican Party from Scott and denying that he spoke on behalf of any other Republican senators.
Since Biden mentioned Scott in the State of the Union Address and promised to veto any legislation that affects Social Security or Medicare, Scott’s plans gained renewed attention this month.
The president’s comments were met with loud boos from the Republican side of the aisle in the House chamber, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and others called the president a “liar.”
“I have never supported cutting Social Security or Medicare, ever. To say otherwise is a disingenuous Democrat lie from a very confused president. And Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is also well aware of that. It’s shallow gotcha politics, which is what Washington does,” Scott wrote.