Senator Roy Blunt (r), via Twitter today:
Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
The Obama Admin broke its promise to millions of seniors by cutting Medicare Advantage payments to pay for #ObamaCare. 6:55 PM – 21 Feb 2014
The White House response:
Jesse Lee @jesseclee44 1h
Guess what? He voted for it http://www.senate.gov/legislat… … http://nyti.ms/1c97qoC MT @RoyBlunt: Obama broke promise to seniors on Medicare Advantage 7:29 PM – 21 Feb 2014
From March 2013:
House G.O.P. Plans a Budget That Retains Tax Increases and Medicare Cuts
By JONATHAN WEISMAN
Published: March 6, 2013
WASHINGTON – House Republicans will preserve Medicare cuts that their presidential nominee loudly denounced last year and accept tax increases they sternly opposed just months ago in a new tax-and-spending blueprint that would bring the federal budget into balance by 2023, senior Republicans said Wednesday.
….Also, Mr. Ryan offered tempered praise for the cuts to Medicare that helped finance the Affordable Care Act, cuts that he denounced as his party’s vice-presidential nominee but that will help him avoid subjecting people older than 55 to his Medicare changes. “Because of Obamacare, you have – for a moment in time – lower Medicare spending rates,” he said.
With higher taxes, Medicare cuts and an unexpected slowdown in health care spending, budget experts say the House budget needs only about $100 billion in additional cuts toward the end of the decade.
In Mr. Ryan’s last two budgets, he also banked the $716 billion in Medicare cuts for the health law for deficit reduction, but when the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, attacked the president for those cuts and pledged to restore that money, Mr. Ryan fell in line….
Fancy that. The vote in the Senate:
Question: On the Amendment (Murray Amdt. No. 433)
Vote Number: 46 Vote Date: March 21, 2013, 08:36 PM
Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Amendment Rejected
Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 433 to S.Con.Res. 8 (No short title on file)
Statement of Purpose: To amend the resolution.
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
From the Congressional Record, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET, FISCAL YEAR 2014 — (Senate – March 21, 2013) [S2132]:
AMENDMENT NO. 433
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Washington.
Mrs. MURRAY. Mr. President, this next amendment is the Ryan budget. The House Republicans have doubled down on failed policies by passing the same budget that was rejected by the American people just a few months ago. Now Senate Republicans are going to have to decide whether they agree with this approach.
This budget would be devastating for the middle class and the economy. It would cause millions of our workers to lose their jobs and dismantle programs such as Medicare that seniors and families depend on. It relies on gimmicks and tricks to eliminate the deficit by an arbitrary date and does all that while giving the wealthiest Americans a tax cut.
I encourage my colleagues to oppose this amendment.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Who yields time?
The Senator from South Dakota.
Mr. THUNE. Mr. President, the House Republican budget does something the Democratic budget does not do–it balances. It actually balances in 10 years, and it does it not by taxing more but by spending less, spending at a slower rate–3.4 percent over that 10-year period.
If we look at what the House Republican budget does, it is focused on growing the economy, not growing the government. What the Democratic budget, before the Senate this evening, does is it grows the government, not the economy.
In fact, if we look at the analysis that has been done, it is suspected the Democratic budget would cost us 850,000 jobs and reduce take-home pay for middle-class families by $1,500. The House Republican budget takes seriously the challenges that are facing this country, takes the steps necessary to save and protect Medicare for future generations of Americans, something this budget–the Senate Democratic budget–does not do.
I urge my colleagues to support this budget, and it is a serious one, that balances the budget in 10 years and puts our economy back in growing mode and our fiscal house back in order.
Mrs. MURRAY. Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second?
There appears to be a sufficient second.
The question is on agreeing to the amendment.
The clerk will call the roll.
The bill clerk called the roll.
Mr. DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg) is necessarily absent.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?
The result was announced–yeas 40, nays 59, as follows:
[Rollcall Vote No. 46 Leg.]
Senator Roy Blunt (r) voted for the cuts. He obviously has no shame.
Is anyone surprised?