Rahall's office stresses that he knew the non-binding budget would not pass and that he wanted to make a statement against the budget of Republican Paul Ryan, which passed the House and which Rahall opposed.
The Ryan plan dramatically changes Medicare by turning it into a premium support system for anyone 55 and under.
"I voted to protect Medicare and the benefits seniors have earned and to move the budget toward balance in a reasonable way," Rahall said in an email response to my questions.
The congressman says he's also aware that since he's been targeted for 2014, the GOP is going to come after him no matter what he says or does.
"I know from years of experience that nearly any vote I cast can be fodder for attack - especially on big, wide-ranging package bills like the annual federal budget, the contents of which can be twisted and distorted in multiple says," Rahall said.
Of course, for Rahall to truly be threatened, he needs a viable opponent.
So far, no Republican is in the race, however the NRCC is pushing for first-term state Sen. Bill Cole from Mercer County. He told me on Metronews Talkline last week he's seriously considering a run, but he has reservations.
"On the personal side, I still have two teenage daughters at home and I have to do what's right for my family," said the successful Bluefield car dealer.
"On the political side, I want to serve where I think I can have the most impact for West Virginia."
If Cole decides not to run, Delegate Rick Snuffer, R-Raleigh, may get in. He came within eight points of Rahall in 2012 - 54-46 - with little national help.
Republicans have been trying to write Nick Rahall's political obituary for years and have come up short in 18 elections.
The odds still favor Rahall in his 19th run, but his vote in favor of the Back to Work Budget gave an advantage to those who want to put him out of work.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.