SENATE SMASHES TRY TO MASH MEDICARE
HEY RATFACE RYAN, YOU'RE A COMPLETE IDIOT:
The vote was almost 60 to 40 against you - get the hint and get out,
you stupid, ugly, lower than a snake's belly Medicare-bashing scumbag.
Medicare is saved! Woo-hoo! Here's the latest
word from Ted and Tom at TNN! I mean CNN!
By Ted Barrett and Tom Cohen
Washington, DC -- In what amounted to political theater rather than legislative action, the Senate Wednesday rejected a House budget plan that included a controversial provision to overhaul Medicare and also unanimously voted down President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal.
The House budget measure had been expected to fail in the Senate due to overwhelming opposition by majority Democrats, plus wavering support for its Medicare overhaul among Republicans.
The Senate GOP has recognized the provision's unpopularity with senior citizens enrolled in the government-run health insurance program.
Senate Democrats forced Wednesday's vote in order to make Senate Republicans go on record in support of the Medicare overhaul.
The final vote on the proposal, originated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was 57-40, 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.
"Senate Rejects Budget Measure Containing Medicare Overhaul"
UPDATE: 5/26/11 - In other political news, the Patriot Act was due to expire at midnight tonight, but unfortunately they passed an expected four year extension to it with hours to spare. (Oh, well - win some, lose some.)