By Derrick DePledge
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is sponsoring online advertisements that claim there is a "huge contrast" between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Social Security.
Progressives and advocates for seniors have dinged Hanabusa for voting for an amendment in 2013 that would have urged President Barack Obama to use the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan as a guide. Critics of the Simpson-Bowles plan have said it relied too heavily on entitlement reform.
Hanabusa has said that she did not favor the Social Security provisions in the Simpson-Bowles plan -- and her positions on key issues related to Social Security are similar to Schatz's -- but that has not stopped the senator and his allies from using Social Security as a differentiator in the Democratic primary.
From the PCCC:
The biggest thing that will motivate voters is the huge contrast between Senator Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa on Social Security. Here are three things every voter should know:
- Colleen Hanabusa voted for the Simpson-Bowles plan to cut Social Security.
- Hanabusa refused to support House progressives when they opposed cuts to Social Security.
- Hanabusa attacked Senator Schatz for joining Elizabeth Warren and others in the push to expand Social Security benefits, not cut them.