Among them is a measure to slow the annual rise in benefits under Social Security and a variety of other government programs — an approach many congressional Democrats have opposed and like to use as a weapon against Republicans when they suggest it.
McConnell’s office noted that the Senate’s top Republican leader proposed ‘‘more than $100 billion in bipartisan spending reductions’’ in last winter’s talks, some related to Medicare. All were rejected by the administration, the statement added, including a $30 billion item that tracked a proposal Obama had advanced requiring wealthier Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for their care.
EDITOR'S NOTE — David Espo is chief congressional correspondent for The Associated Press.
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