Senate GOP Blocks Sanders From Preventing Entitlement Cuts
I really hate that they call these “entitlements”. So impressed with Bernie since the election – he’s one of the few who appear to actually be doing anything concrete…
Senate GOP blocks Sanders on preventing entitlement cuts.
Jordain Carney – 01/10/17 03:55 PM EST
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.
But Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) rejected Sanders’s logic, firing back that “I don’t think that’s exactly what this is about.”
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