During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin—using euphemistic language Democratic lawmakers described as \u0022Washington-speak\u0022—admitted that President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal would cut Social Security days after the president insisted he is \u0022not touching\u0022 the program.\u0022Any \u0026#039;reduction in the rate of increase\u0026#039; would lead to benefit cuts.\u0022 —Alex Lawson, Social Security WorksPressed by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) on the budget\u0026#039;s call for tens of billions in cuts to Social Security over the next decade, Mnuchin said, \u0022I believe it\u0026#039;s not a cut, it\u0026#039;s a reduction in the rate of increase. And it\u0026#039;s not to the benefits of people on Social Security.\u0022\u0022If that is not a cut, then I would love to talk to you about what it is this administration values and what they see, how these groups and important individuals in our communities are being affected,\u0022 responded Cortez Masto. \u0022My concern is this administration says one thing, but their actions are just the opposite.\u0022Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, tweeted in response to the exchange that \u0022Mnuchin admits Trump\u0026#039;s budget cuts your earned benefits in Social Security.\u0022\u0022\u0026#039;Slowing the rate of increase\u0026#039; is Washington-speak for cutting benefits and breaking the Social Security and Medicare guarantee,\u0022 Wyden added.The Trump admin claims there are no cuts to Social Security in the budget. So why wouldn\u0026#039;t Sec Mnuchin answer a simple yes or no question about whether there are billions in cuts to Social Security, hurting seniors?Answer: because there are cuts to Social Security in the budget pic.twitter.com/hS503RrSe0— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) February 12, 2020Alex Lawson, executive director of progressive advocacy group Social Security Works, told Common Dreams that \u0022only a true creature of Wall Street could try telling people that even though they are getting less money it isn\u0026#039;t \u0026#039;really\u0026#039; a cut.\u0026#039;\u0022This administration\u0026#039;s budget is built on policies that pillage working families to pay for brand new windfalls for corporations and the wealthy.\u0022 —Sen. Ron Wyden\u0022When Steve Mnuchin or any other politician says that a \u0026#039;reduction in the rate of increase\u0026#039; is different than a benefit cut, they are shamelessly lying,\u0022 Lawson said. \u0022If Social Security benefits were to stay flat every year, they would quickly begin losing value due to inflation. We need to make annual cost-of-living adjustments more generous, not less.\u0022\u0022Social Security\u0026#039;s total spending also increases yearly due to growth in the population of beneficiaries, something that the program\u0026#039;s actuaries have known about and planned for decades in advance,\u0022 added Lawson. \u0022Any \u0026#039;reduction in the rate of increase\u0026#039; would lead to benefit cuts.\u0022Mnuchin\u0026#039;s comments came days after Trump said following the release of his $4.8 trillion budget on Monday that he is \u0022not touching Medicare\u0022 and \u0022not touching Social Security.\u0022But the president\u0026#039;s plan calls for billions in cuts to both programs. The budget specifically targets the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program with nearly $30 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.\u0022The administration argues the SSDI cut isn\u0026#039;t really a \u0026#039;Social Security\u0026#039; reduction: White House budget documents omit the disability program’s name, describing SSDI as a \u0026#039;federal disability program,\u0026#039;\u0022\u0026nbsp;HuffPost reported Wednesday. \u0022But these are cuts nonetheless.\u0022Trump\u0026#039;s budget is one of his cruelest proposals yet. It would:— Cut $850,000,000,000 from Medicare— Cut $270,000,000,000 from Medicaid— Cut $30,000,000,000 from Social SecuritySwing voters, if you\u0026#039;re listening: Take note of where Trump\u0026#039;s priorities lie.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 10, 2020During his opening statement at Wednesday\u0026#039;s hearing, Wyden called Trump\u0026#039;s proposed budget \u0022a perfect snapshot of this administration\u0026#039;s policies robbing working families to pay off special interests and those at the top.\u0022\u0022This administration\u0026#039;s budget is built on policies that pillage working families to pay for brand new windfalls for corporations and the wealthy,\u0022 said Wyden.