Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul
May 25th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul

In what amounted to political theater rather than legislative action, the Senate rejected Wednesday a House budget plan that included a controversial provision to overhaul Medicare.

The measure was expected to fail due to overwhelming opposition by majority Democrats, as well as wavering support for the Medicare overhaul among Republicans who recognize the provision's unpopularity with senior citizens enrolled in the government-run health insurance program.

The final vote on the proposal originated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was 40-57, mostly along party lines. Republicans who joined the majority Democrats in opposing the measure were Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine.

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  1. Cesar

    @David Russell: Your mother.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Nick: Your mother

    May 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandyk

    Do people realize when they talk about `the rich` they are talking about politicians too. and ask yourself why would a person who is rich insist on tax increases for the rich? Because they get out of paying taxes somehow??? would you want to increase your own taxes....use your heads!! We who pay taxes pay for almost everything a politician has food shelter clothing education for their children vacation of course they want to increase taxes!!

    May 25, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Sandyk: Your mother.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jomamma

    @cesar: angiedaddy.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey

    @Cesar...I'm on top of your mother.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BWR

    REAGAN?!???
    Seriously?
    We need another person like him like we need a swine-flu pandemic!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GEORGE

    Ellis if you can read this I want you to know that I still love you. CaLl me.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cricket

    @George Patton 9:10,you're welcome George. Let's just hope we help put a dent on that nasty Tea Party.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RuffNutt

    Good post Cricket and George,thank you. Let's hope the rest of the population sees it like we do.

    May 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    Here we go again,reading all these stupid,meaninglessTea Party comments. I still to know while blocking some of my posts,CNN lets these people display idiotic comments like these.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      It appears to me RUFFNUTT by the use of some of this profanity,that either Sarah Palin,Michele Bachmann,Scott Brown or some other high Tea Party official may have strongly influenced CNN to let these peoples' posts be displayed here. Some of my posts get blocked,too and I use no profanity as the Tea Partiers do!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. verna

    How many of u idiots have tried living on 300 tn 1000 dollars or less per mo. the hotshots in washington saying col hasn t gone up. do they worry about whether to buy food or medicine.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michele Bachmann

    I don't know what you common people want from me,I really don't.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Maybe they want war since they're ignorant enough to see the glory in it. The truth is that there's absolutely no glory in killing people and the people need to wise up to that fact. I hope that someday you too may wise up and see the light. The sooner,the better!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Maybe they want war since they're ignorant enough to see the glory in it. The truth is is that there's absolutely no glory in killing people and the people need to wise up to that fact. I hope that someday you too may wise up and see the light. The sooner,the better!!!

      May 26, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. RuffNutt

    God post Joey,thank you

    May 26, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. RuffNutt

    Good post Joey,thank you

    May 26, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
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