Senate GOP blocks Sanders on preventing entitlement cuts
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Senate Republicans blocked a push on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight MORE (I-Vt.) to prevent cuts to entitlement spending. 

Senators voted 49-49 on an amendment from the former presidential candidate, with 60 votes needed to overcome a procedural hurdle. Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE was the only Republican to vote for Sanders's proposal.
 
Sanders had tried to win over GOP support by arguing that his amendment was in line with campaign rhetoric from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE
 
"It says that we should support President-elect Trump when he campaigned throughout this country saying that I, Donald Trump, will not cut Social Security, will not cut Medicare, will not cut Medicaid," Sanders said ahead of the vote. 
 
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But Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziWe can't allow Congress to take earned benefits programs away from seniors Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats Senate panel might not take up budget until October MORE (R-Wyo.) rejected Sanders's logic, firing back that "I don't think that's exactly what this is about." 
 
"A vote in favor of this amendment is a vote against repealing ObamaCare," Enzi, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, added. 
 
Sanders filed his measure to a shell budget resolution that includes instructions for repealing ObamaCare. Under a budget process known as "reconciliation," Republicans are expected to pass the rules this week with a simple majority and require no Democratic support. 
 
The amendment would have created a "point of order" against legislation that would "break Donald Trump's promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid" meaning that any proposal would have been subject to a higher 60-vote threshold. 
 
"Do we hold him to his word or do we just say hey, that's just campaign rhetoric? He lied. It's okay. That's politics in America. It doesn't matter what he said," Sanders asked from the Senate floor. 
 
Sanders pointed to a string of quotes throughout Trump's presidential campaign, including a March 29 interview where he criticized House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE for wanting to "knock down" Social Security and "knock out" Medicare. 
 
"I'm not going to cut it, and I'm not going to raise ages, and I'm not going to do all of the things that they want to do," Trump said during a radio interview. 
 
Sanders also hit at Trump over Twitter on Tuesday, outlining 14 comments from Trump on protecting entitlement programs.