Federal Entitlements Prevent U.S. From Being Third World Country, Lawmaker Says

December 4, 2012 - 4:31 PM


(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Corrine Brown (D- Fla.) chided Republican efforts to reform entitlements during a floor speech Tuesday, saying certain federal programs prevent the United States from being a third world country.

“Now, I feel that Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security is the difference between us and many of the third world countries,” Brown said. “And in fact it has been the bedrock of American politics as far as helping to raise the standards.”

Brown was first elected to the House in 1992, and represents parts of Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida. Her website says she “prides herself on delivering the goods and services of the federal government to her constituents.” She is the ranking member of Transportation subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.