October 17, 2018 Press Releases


After Adding Two Trillion Dollars to the Deficit with Peter Roskam’s Tax Scam, GOP Leader McConnell Revealed Republicans Aim to Cut Social Security and Medicare

(Downers Grove, IL)  October 17, 2018 – Less than a year after passing a partisan tax bill that adds $2 trillion to the deficit to give tax cuts to corporate special interests and the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class, Mitch McConnell said he would look at cutting Social Security and Medicare to control the deficit. Sean Casten, candidate for Illinois’ Sixth District, released the following statement:

“Mitch McConnell is proving what anyone with business experience already knew: you can’t slash revenues and remain solvent. The tax cut that he passed with Peter Roskam is not paying for itself, and rather than admit their failure, they have the gall to now cut Social Security and Medicare. Just months after adding $2 trillion to the deficit with Roskam’s tax scam, and less than a month after Peter Roskam voted to add trillions more to the deficit with the tax scam 2.0, Republicans are openly discussing cutting Social Security and Medicare.”

“In Congress, I will work to protect these essential earned benefits for older Americans, and work to reverse Peter Roskam’s tax scam that leaves Illinois families paying more for irresponsible leadership.”

In August, Peter Roskam referred to individuals on Medicare as “entitled individuals” as he discussed needing to cut the program. Peter Roskam has previously voted for Paul Ryan’s budgets which would privatize Medicare with a voucher plan.

Sean Casten has visited and held open discussions at several retirement communities in IL06, and earned the endorsement of Social Security Works and the Alliance of Retired Americans. A recent poll shows Casten with a five point lead, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.