Joe Manchin Cites Social Security as Potential Bi-Partisan Issue in 118th Congress - The Hill

The steady march toward a Social Security catastrophe has been in the news, at least at some level, for decades. Many potential solutions have been advanced, and so far none have produced any cause for optimism that Congress will muster the political will to address the problem.

In the run-up to yesterday’s midterm elections, a key Democrat voice–Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)–may have signaled that the 118th Congress just might be able to look beyond partisanship to attack the well-known problem of trust fund depletion facing Social Security, hopefully on a timeline that would preclude draconian impacts on America’s seniors. Manchin’s comment, reported in a post on by Aris Folley, sets the tone for potential compromise, “If we don’t look at the trust funds that are going bankrupt, whether they be Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, highway, all the ones — there are tremendous problems right now.”

Several Republican voices have joined in the spirit of bipartisan work on this daunting issue, with several welcoming joint, complementary efforts to, in the words of Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), “ensure Medicare and Social Security return to solvency.” For more on this issue, check out The Hill’s post here

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