November 1, 2022 News & Press Releases

ICYMI: Congresswomen Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton, and Abigail Spanberger Hold Press Conference On Republicans’ Plan To Cut Social Security and Medicare

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA  Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a 20-year Navy veteran, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, a former prosecutor, and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA case officer and federal law enforcement officer, held a virtual press conference on Republicans' dangerous pledge to rip away Virginians' hard-earned Social Security and Medicare.

In a recent interview, Kevin McCarthy pledged that if Republicans take control of the House Social Security and Medicare are on the chopping block. In the Commonwealth, over 1.5 million Virginians rely on Social Security benefits and Medicare to make ends meet and get the health care they need, but Republicans like Hung Cao, Jen Kiggans, Yesli Vega, and Kevin McCarthy are campaigning on a plan to strip away these hard-earned benefits. 

“We wanted to spend some time this morning to say that we stand firmly behind protecting Social Security and Medicare,” said Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02). “There’s more work to do to protect Social Security, Medicare, and continue lowering costs for Americans, which stands in stark contrast with what we are hearing from our Republican opponents.”

“We are seeing Republican candidates run on platforms that are really out of touch with the needs of the people we represent,” said Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA-07). “My opponent has pledged to join the Freedom Caucus which has always wanted to strip away hard-earned benefits from Virginians who have paid into Social Security throughout the entirety of their working lives.”

"We are here today because Virginians deserve to know the truth,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). “At a time when many Virginian families are hurting from the fallout of the pandemic and inflation, our extreme Republican opponents are plotting to gut Social Security and Medicare. My opponent, in particular, he boasted that Senator Rick Scott, who authored this so-called plan to end Social Security and Medicare in five years, was his mentor. He even personally reviewed this plan and called it ‘perfect.’”