Politics Senate GOP blocks Sanders on preventing entitlement cuts

01:35  11 january  2017
01:35  11 january  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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Senate Republicans blocked a push on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) Sanders Cynthia Nixon 'You make me proud of my country again' Lesson from special election: Run on Social Security, Medicare and lower drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) to prevent cuts to entitlement spending.

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Senate Republicans blocked a push on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to prevent cuts to entitlement spending.

Senators voted 49-49 on an amendment from the former presidential candidate, with 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to vote for Sanders's proposal.

Sanders had tried to win over GOP support by arguing that his amendment was in line with campaign rhetoric from President-elect Donald Trump.

"It says that we should support President-elect Trump when he campaigned throughout this country saying that I, Donald Trump, will not cut Social Security, will not cut Medicare, will not cut Medicaid," Sanders said ahead of the vote.

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At a White House meeting on Thursday, Senate Republicans demanded that President Obama agree to substantial cuts in entitlement spending. He took questions and comments from every GOP senator who wanted to express his or her views and won praise from McConnell for taking a productive first

But Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) rejected Sanders's logic, firing back that "I don't think that's exactly what this is about." 

"A vote in favor of this amendment is a vote against repealing ObamaCare," Enzi, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, added.

Sanders filed his measure to a shell budget resolution that includes instructions for repealing ObamaCare. Under a budget process known as "reconciliation," Republicans are expected to pass the rules this week with a simple majority and require no Democratic support.

The amendment would have created a "point of order" against legislation that would "break Donald Trump's promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid" meaning that any proposal would have been subject to a higher 60-vote threshold.

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Sanders is planning a test vote this week with an amendment to the GOP budget resolution that would prevent entitlement cuts . Chris McDaniel's feud with Mississippi governor delaying conservative support for his Senate campaign. Al Weaver. Sunday March 18, 2018.

GOP leaders call on president to include entitlement spending cuts in next week's budget. “There will be no entitlement reform without presidential leadership,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"Do we hold him to his word or do we just say hey, that's just campaign rhetoric? He lied. It's okay. That's politics in America. It doesn't matter what he said," Sanders asked from the Senate floor.

Sanders pointed to a string of quotes throughout Trump's presidential campaign, including a March 29 interview where he criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan for wanting to "knock down" Social Security and "knock out" Medicare.

"I'm not going to cut it, and I'm not going to raise ages, and I'm not going to do all of the things that they want to do," Trump said during a radio interview.

Sanders also hit at Trump over Twitter on Tuesday, outlining 14 comments from Trump on protecting entitlement programs.

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