President Trump is said to be considering a fix for Social Security. The fix would hinge on President Trump winning reelection in 2020.
President Donald Trump told a Republican member of Congress that he was willing to go after Social Security and other entitlement programs at the beginning of his second term.
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"Until you have an administration willing to actually tackle entitlement reform, the idea that Congress is just going to magically produce it on its own," the lawmaker said. "Entitlement reform always takes leadership at the presidential level, and it also takes — by the way, real reform takes bipartisanship. Look, I'm not trying to cast blame," the Republican lawmaker said.
"Nobody's gotten serious about entitlement reform. So if we're worried about the debt in 10 years, when we get serious about entitlement reform, then I'll know we're serious about the debt. Otherwise it's a talking-point issue back and forth."
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"I think doing it in an election year is hard," the Republican member of Congress said. "There's a reason why Social Security reform happened in 1983, not 1984."
This secret is not getting much play in Washington, as if it becomes an issue too early, Democrats will have time to harden the #Resistance against any effort of reform. Republicans, such as outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan have called for entitlement reform for a long time, and Republicans are ready to fight for it. It will come down to how Republicans perform in the 2018 and 2020 elections, a few Democrats are likely to join a reform effort.
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