Reid wants Social Security debate – in 20 years


WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won’t consider changes to Social Security for at least two decades.

“I am not in support of tinkering with Social Security. It is not in emergency,” Reid said during an interview Wednesday with Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s The Last Word.

O’Donnell peppered Reid with questions about calls from others in Congress and in the White House to consider ways to keep Social Security solvent.

Reid declined “at this time” to endorse any reform that would raise retirement ages, reduce cost-of-living adjustments or increase payroll taxes for Social Security.

“Leave Social Security alone,” Reid bluntly stated. “It is not in crisis at this stage.”

Reid insisted the program as it stands would be able to pay 100 percent of its obligations for the next 30 years.

“Two decades from now I am willing to take a look at it,” Reid said.

Reid, who would be 91 years old then, said Congress would still have another decade to “look at it” before Social Security would be unable to pay 100 percent of benefits.