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RI congressional delegation speaks out about Obama's budget

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Dee DeQuattro


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, says he cannot support President Barack Obama's budget proposal announced on Wednesday.

"The so-called ‘chained CPI' proposal included in President Obama's budget is nothing more than a benefit cut disguised behind technical jargon.  While I commend the President for including some smart provisions in his budget like investments in infrastructure and the Buffett Rule for tax fairness, I cannot support a proposal that would force seniors to pay for deficits Social Security had no part in creating," said Whitehouse.

Congressman David Cicilline had a similar criticism, "I am disappointed that this budget proposal includes the use of chained CPI, which reduces benefits that seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities have earned over the course of their lives.  Rather than cutting benefits for hardworking Americans, Congress should work to enhance the longevity of these vital programs by reforming our tax code, ending subsidies for Big Oil, and making responsible, targeted spending cuts."

Whitehouse and Cicilline have been strong supporters of President Obama and both received his endorsement in the 2012 elections.

However they have both been very outspoken in their opposition to any cuts to Social Security.

"I made a promise to the people of Rhode Island that I would always oppose cuts to Social Security, and I'm going to keep that promise.  Social Security is fully solvent for the next twenty years, has not contributed to our budget deficits, and has no place in this debate over federal spending," said Whitehouse. 

Congress Langevin also voiced his opposition to the President's social security plan but praising other parts of the budget as the "most effective solution to our economic challenges."

"While I applaud the President's overall message, I do not support his plan for Social Security, which would reduce cost of living adjustments at a time when seniors' expenses are rising. This program has kept millions out of poverty without adding to the debt, and I will continue to advocate for alternatives that would put it on sound footing for generations to come," said Langevin.

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