Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) — a freshman congressman who defeated a conservative Democrat in a primary last year — is a signer of the Grayson-Takano letter vowing to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.
While appearing on a local television show this week, Cartwright explained why he supports the letter and how he is worried that the President may agree to cuts to these benefits and how Congress needs to hold him accountable:
CARTWRIGHT: These efforts to cut Social Security, I will fight very, very hard against them. I’ve signed a letter to the president last month saying please do not cut Social Security please do not cut medicare we have people who really really depend on these programs. And you know when he goes to have dinner with the Republican leadership, and lunch with Representative Ryan, you worry, when he talks about giving on entitlements. Well that’s what he’s talking about. Is he going to cut Social Security and Medicare? I will push very hard against those things. And that’s something Congress will hold him on as well.
Watch it (relevant section begins at 4:15):
Cartwright’s concerns are based in recent history. Recall that the President has repeatedly endorsed the so-called “Chained CPI,” which would lead to reductions in Social Security and veterans benefits.