Medicare and Social Security should be approved on an annual basis, according to Ron Johnson

As federal entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare should be up 

for congressional approval each year, according to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

In an interview on the podcast "The Regular Joe Show," Johnson said, "Social Security 

And Medicare, if you qualify, you just get them no matter what the cost is."

According to the Wisconsin senator, who is up for reelection in a highly contested race

That will determine which party holds the majority next year, federal program funding 

Should be converted to discretionary spending "so we can evaluate everything.".

Our problem in this country is that more than 70 percent of our federal budget, 

of our federal spending, is mandatory spending. It runs on automatic pilot. It never happens

you just don't do proper oversight. It's not possible to fix programs going bankrupt. Johnson said,

 "It's just on autopilot." As long as we continue on automatic pilot, we will keep piling up debt.

Congress should approve the funding for the programs on an annual basis, he argued.

Johnson's office told The Hill in a statement Wednesday that the senator 

"never proposed cutting Medicare and Social Security." According to the Senator,

Congress has threatened Social Security and Medicare benefits 

without fiscal discipline and oversight typically associated with discretionary spending.

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