McConnell Eyes Cuts to Medicare, Social Security to Pay for Debt Caused by Heller’s Corporate Tax Giveaway

Last year, Heller had falsely promised the GOP’s corporate tax giveaway wouldn’t result in cuts to Medicare or Social Security

Last year, Sen. Dean Heller promised worried constituents in Nevada that there were no plans from the White House or Senate Republicans to cut Social Security or Medicare to pay for the GOP tax giveaway for corporations and CEOs. But Heller was silent this week as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security should be on the chopping block to reduce the deficit, despite the Treasury report that shows the GOP tax bill is largely to blame.

This isn’t the first time Heller has broken his promise to protect Medicare. After promising not to support legislation that would weaken Medicare, Heller voted for the Republican budget plan that would cut nearly $500 billion from the program.

Now Heller’s promises about the reckless tax plan paying for itself are falling apart, but he’s still too spineless to speak out against GOP leadership plans to pay for a massive deficit that they created by cutting essential programs that benefit middle class families.

Rosen for Nevada spokesperson Miranda van Dijk released the following statement:

“Senator Heller’s record shows that he’d rather be a rubber stamp on Mitch McConnell’s agenda than stand by his promises to Nevadans. Dean Heller added nearly $2 trillion to the debt when he voted for a reckless tax giveaway for big corporations and wealthy CEOs, and he promised that he wouldn’t cut Medicare to pay for it. Senate GOP leaders in Washington are planning to gut critical programs that benefit Nevada’s seniors and working families to reduce this ballooning deficit, and Senator Heller is too spineless to stand up against it. Nevadans deserve a senator we can trust to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and that person is not Dean Heller.”