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Mike Johanns on Social Security

Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor


Honor our commitment on Social Security

We must honor our commitment to those currently receiving Social Security and future recipients. We must also continue to help those who rely on the benefits provided by Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats and Republicans must work together for a bi-partisan reform to ensure the continued viability of these important programs.
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Jun 3, 2008

Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare.

Johanns adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

With the first federal budget surplus in a generation and estimates of non-Social Security surpluses ranging from $750 billion to $1.9 trillion over the next decade, the issue is whether Congress and the President will agree to dedicate a portion of the projected surplus to tax cuts and, if so, what the impacts on states might be.

NGAís Position

NGA opposes reductions from current discretionary spending levels or changes that could risk the long-term solvency of the nationís Social Security and Medicare systems. NGA supports provisions to ensure reduced barriers to state and local capital finance through tax-exempt bonds and to ensure maximum flexibility in setting and maintaining state retirement plans and programs.
Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA16 on Aug 1, 2001

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