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Vote number 11-SV077 the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts
on May 25, 2011 regarding bill HCR34&SCR21 Ryan Budget Plan
Results: Failed 40-57

Proponent's Arguments for voting Yes:

[Sen. DeMint, R-SC]: The Democrats have Medicare on a course of bankruptcy. Republicans are trying to save Medicare & make sure there are options for seniors in the future. Medicare will not be there 5 or 10 years from now. Doctors will not see Medicare patients at the rate [Congress will] pay.

[Sen. Ayotte, R-NH]: We have 3 choices when it comes to addressing rising health care costs in Medicare. We can do nothing & watch the program go bankrupt in 2024. We can go forward with the President's proposal to ration care through an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats. Or we can show real leadership & strengthen the program to make it solvent for current beneficiaries, and allow future beneficiaries to make choices.

Opponent's Arguments for voting No:

[Sen. Conrad, D-ND]: In the House Republican budget plan, the first thing they do is cut $4 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years. For the wealthiest among us, they give them an additional $1 trillion in tax reductions. To offset these massive new tax cuts, they have decided to shred the social safety net. They have decided to shred Medicare. They have decided to shred program after program so they can give more tax cuts to those who are the wealthiest among us.

[Sen. Merkley, D-TK]: The Republicans chose to end Medicare as we know it. The Republican plan reopens the doughnut hole. That is the hole into which seniors fall when, after they have some assistance with the first drugs they need, they get no assistance until they reach a catastrophic level. It is in that hole that seniors have had their finances devastated. We fixed it. Republicans want to unfix it and throw seniors back into the abyss. Then, instead of guaranteeing Medicare coverage for a fixed set of benefits for every senior--as Medicare does now--the Republican plan gives seniors a coupon and says: Good luck. Go buy your insurance. If the insurance goes up, too bad.

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Voting NO counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5:
More federal funding for health coverage;
Voting YES counts for -1 points on VoteMatch question 5.

Voting YES counts as answer C on AmericansElect question 3;
Voting NO counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 3

Healthcare: When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
  • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
  • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
  • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
  • E: Unsure


Democrats voting on 11-SV077

Max Baucus NOMT Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Begich NOAK Democratic Jr Senator
Michael Bennet NOCO Democratic Jr Senator
Barbara Boxer NOCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown NOOH Democratic Sr Senator
Maria Cantwell NOWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin NOMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper NODE Democratic Sr Senator
Bob Casey NOPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer
Richard Durbin NOIL Democratic Sr Senator
Dianne Feinstein NOCA Democratic Sr Senator
Al Franken NOMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand NONY Democratic Jr Senator
Kay Hagan NONC Democratic Jr Senator
Tom Harkin NOIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye NOHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson NOSD Democratic Sr Senator
John Kerry NOMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar NOMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu NOLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg NONJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy NOVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin NOMI Democratic Sr Senator
Claire McCaskill NOMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
Robert Menendez NONJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Jeff Merkley NOOR Democratic Jr Senator
Barbara Mikulski NOMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray NOWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson NONE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson NOFL Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Pryor NOAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed NORI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid NONV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller NOWV Democratic Sr Senator
Jeanne Shaheen NONH Democratic Sr Senator
Debbie Stabenow NOMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester NOMT Democratic Jr Senator
Mark Udall NOCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative
Tom Udall NONM Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mark Warner NOVA Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor
Sheldon Whitehouse NORI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden NOOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 11-SV077

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
John Barrasso YESWY Republican Jr Senator
Scott Brown NOMA Republican Jr Senator
Richard Burr YESNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss YESGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn YESOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran YESMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins NOME Republican Jr Senator
Bob Corker YESTN Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn YESTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo YESID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint YESSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Michael Enzi YESWY Republican Sr Senator
Lindsey Graham YESSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley YESIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch YESUT Republican Sr Senator
Dean Heller YESNV Republican Jr Senator
James Inhofe YESOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson YESGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mike Johanns YESNE Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor
Richard Lugar YESIN Republican Sr Senator
John McCain YESAZ Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell YESKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski NOAK Republican Sr Senator
Jim Risch YESID Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor
Jeff Sessions YESAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby YESAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe NOME Republican Sr Senator
John Thune YESSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter YESLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Roger Wicker YESMS Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 11-SV077

Bernie Sanders NOVT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative



Total votes recorded by OnTheIssues:

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Democrats: YES 0; NO 42
Republicans: YES 27; NO 4
Independents: YES 0; NO 1