Washington D.C. – Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), perhaps best known for overseeing one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in U.S. history, is holding a press conference today on the looming default crisis after Scott gave a full-throated endorsement of the MAGA House’s extreme bill that holds the economy hostage until their demands are met that hurt average Americans. Scott is embracing the deep and harmful MAGA House cuts aimed directly at millions of seniors, veterans, workers, children and the food insecure, while leaving in place debt-ballooning tax breaks for billionaires and giant corporations. Government watchdog Accountable.US noted that Rick Scott is among the least credible voices in the Senate to be making demands to avoid a catastrophic MAGA default as the author of a farcical far-right plan to let Social Security and Medicare benefits expire every 5 years without Congressional reauthorization. 

For months, Senator Rick Scott has been eager to manufacture a MAGA default crisis to inflict harmful cuts against average Americans from seniors to veterans, which is why he’s all in on the Republican House plan to do just that. Scott’s proposal to sunset Social Security and Medicare has been among the most extreme MAGA default ransom demands to date. Senator Scott has brought nothing to the table but fringe-right proposals that are anything but serious, yet he remains desperate to be taken seriously. What’s serious are the consequences for everyday Americans if MAGA lawmakers like Senator Scott have their way and force a default – from disruptions to Social Security checks, to soaring mortgage rates, to lost jobs.”

Liz Zelnick, Director of Accountable.US’ Economic Security & Corporate Power Program.
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