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Congressional Progressive Caucus: Will House Republicans Break Trump's Promise to Protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security?

Jan 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement announcing the introduction of an amendment to block the House GOP Majority from cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits and hold President-elect Donald Trump accountable to his promise to protect these programs.

"Yesterday, every Senate Democrat and Independent joined with one Republican to vote to block cuts to the guaranteed benefits of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Now it’s time to see where House Republicans stand. Will they join Democrats in protecting these critically important programs? Or will they break President-Elect Trump’s promise to the American people and double down on their plan to end Medicare as we know it, threaten nursing home coverage for millions of seniors, undermine comprehensive health care for children by cutting Medicaid, and slash benefits earned through a lifetime of hard work?"

A copy of the CPC “No Benefit Cuts” amendment can be found here. On January 10, 2017, CPC Member Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) offered a similar amendment that was defeated by a vote of 49-49.

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