Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who for weeks has withheld his official position on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul Medicare, announced Monday he will vote to defeat the bill when it arrives on the Senate floor.

“While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan — and therefore will vote ‘no’ on his budget,” Scott wrote in an op-ed in by Politico Monday.

“I do not think it requires us to change Medicare as we know it,” Brown wrote. “We can work inside of Medicare to make it more solvent.”

Brown’s comments arrive after it appeared last week that he planned to support it. On May 13, he said he would “vote for” the Republican budget, but clarified later that he had meant to say that he would vote “on” it, and had not yet made his decision.


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