Senate Budget Misses the Mark

Fails to Address Entitlement Reform, Unserious on Debt Reduction

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., last week opposed final passage of the Senate budget because it fails to address the biggest drivers of our debt—Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid—in an honest, meaningful way.

“On top of adding $7.3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, the Senate budget does nothing to reform and save our entitlement programs. We cannot keep ignoring the reality that without reform, Medicare will be broke in 2024; Social Security, in 2033.

“These programs have already helped millions of Americans live better lives, and there’s no reason that if updated and reformed, they can’t help millions more.

“The best opportunity for reform that we have had in a long time will be in the next few months. I urge the president to use his bully pulpit to highlight the need for entitlement reform and to continue his outreach to congressional leaders, which I believe has been positive and constitutive. We must have the courage to make the tough choices necessary to save these programs and our country in the process.”