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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding comments made by House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Jim McCrery (R-LA) that Republicans' first priority in Congress next year should be Social Security privatization:
"The comments made yesterday by the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee illustrate the Republicans' insistence on pushing stale policies that are out of touch with the American people's priorities. Last year, Americans soundly rejected the Republican proposal to privatize Social Security, even after President Bush's nationwide sales pitch. Democrats agree Social Security faces a challenge but we stand strong against privatizing this successful program.
"I am dismayed but not surprised that Congressional Republicans would continue to sell this misguided policy.
"The country wants Congress to address skyrocketing gas prices, ever-increasing health care costs, an unfair and confusing tax code, and a weak job market, but Republicans continue to focus on their own partisan agenda - including Social Security privatization. The American people expect and deserve better.
"Democrats believe our priorities are the American people's priorities, and we will continue to fight for real solutions that address the concerns of working families."