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Today Senator Roy Blunt (r) voted for the House budget plan to end Medicare, probably because he doesn’t have to face reelection until 2016 and he thinks most people will forget.

Question: On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to Consider H. Con. Res. 34 )

Vote Number: 77 Vote Date: May 25, 2011, 05:22 PM

Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion to Proceed Rejected

Vote Counts: YEAs 40

NAYs 57

Not Voting 3

Blunt (R-MO), Yea

McCaskill (D-MO), Nay

[emphasis in original]

Well, Claire, the House republicans provided you with a convenient club for 2012. Here’s hoping you use it.

Oh, look who else voted against ending Medicare:

Brown (R-MA), Nay

Collins (R-ME), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Nay

Paul (R-KY), Nay

Snowe (R-ME), Nay

Okay, Rand Paul shouldn’t count. He voted against it because it didn’t go far enough. That’s just insane.

And this, via Twitter:

@NancyPelosi Nancy Pelosi

Day after voters sent an unmistakable message they reject House #GOP bill to end Medicare & cut benefits, Senate GOP voted for it. 19 minutes ago

Do we sense a little Twitter spin here?:

@RoyBlunt Senator Roy Blunt

Voted today to continue debate on the plans introduced by @SenToomey & House GOP b/c they represented good starting pts in this debate. 1 hour ago

A “good starting point”? That’ll make a great campaign commercial don’t you think?