Ryan Plan Dies In Senate … But 40 Republicans Voted For It

We know they want to kill Medicare. We’ve just got some names now.

In a tell-tale sign of trouble ahead, there were significantly more defections among GOP moderates than in a similar partisan show vote in March testing support then for an earlier House Republican budget initiative focused on discretionary spending cuts.

Maine Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, voted in opposition this time, as did Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. And the same Medicare controversy made it impossible to win over any Democratic moderates, despite their unhappiness with the higher spending levels of President Barack Obama’s own budget.