The GOP plan, written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP rep: Virginia defeat 'a referendum' on Trump administration After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Pence: Praying 'takes nothing away' from trying to figure out causes behind mass shooting MORE (R-Wis.), would give seniors payment support for health insurance plans. Democrats' portrayal of the plan as a threat to the longevity of the popular program has resonated among seniors in particular.

Reid also said it was a contradiction that Republicans were pushing to preserve billions of dollars in tax credits to the oil industry last month while simultaneously supporting the Ryan plan that would cut $5.8 trillion in spending over 10 years.

“It appears clear they would rather balance the budget on the backs of seniors,” said Reid on Tuesday, repeating a line popular among Democratic lawmakers. “Protecting seniors on Medicare is our top priority.