I have heard from quite a few concerned seniors and veterans in the last few days. The concern stems from the President's suggestion that Social Security and other benefits won't get paid in the absence of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. This is a scare tactic, pure and simple.
Spending on Social Security, Medicare, veterans' benefits and our troops has already been authorized by Congress, and the President has the authority to continue funding these priorities. If he chooses not to, it will be his decision and his alone.
As Sheriff, I always had a contingency plan - hope for the best, but plan for the worst. My hope is that the President won't play games with your Social Security check, but his current posturing doesn't inspire much confidence. Instead of just throwing in the towel and hoping it all works out, Congressman Webster and I are taking action to make sure that seniors and our troops continue to get all that they have earned.
The legislation we introduced would not leave it up to chance. It would force the President and Treasury Secretary to prioritize remaining revenues to ensure that the troops get paid, that Social Security, Medicare, and veterans' benefits continue to be paid, and that America continues to pay its debt.
There clearly won't be enough revenue coming in to pay for everything in the federal budget, but there will be enough to pay for these priorities. To see how this would work, please visit my website at http://nugent.house.gov/. If you have any other concerns, please don't hesitate to call. You can reach me at 866-492-4835.
Member of Congress
Dear Congressman Nugent,
Thank you for your timely message. I no longer live in your district but I appreciate your concern.
My concern is a very real one. We are, as it has been said, only nine meals away from anarchy. As a former law enforcement officer, you are well aware of what happens when individual needs are not met. There are people who will take the law into their own hands or ignore it altogether.
When, not 'if', this president withholds funding for entitlements, people who never so much as dreamed of breaking the law will be more than willing to do whatever it takes to feed their families.
Worse than that, the entire U.S. economy will collapse under the accelerated inflation and abrupt halt of cash flow.
In short, we are nine meals from anarchy. While some of us have made preparations, we are in the minority. I fear there will be a national emergency of epic proportions, unimaginable in its scope and magnitude.
This president has clearly demonstrated his willingness to ignore both the house and the senate. I don't believe any legislative efforts will deter him from his destructive policies. I fear for this country, for the United States as we knew it.
I thank you for your continuing efforts to save it.
At your service,
Michael R Florey