By Erik Wasson
The conservative pressure group Heritage Action announced Wednesday it is scoring as key votes both the vote on Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) 2012 budget and a Republican Study Committee alternative, authored by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.).
The Ryan plan, backed by the House Budget Committee and leadership, cuts $5.8 trillion from spending over 10 years and balances the budget by 2040. The RSC alternative cuts $9.1 trillion in a decade and balances the budget by 2021.
Heritage Action is urging members to vote for the RSC plan, which is expected to fail on the House floor, and then to back the Ryan budget.
At this point it remains unclear if many moderate Republicans are going to defect on the Ryan plan, which cuts Medicare spending. House Democrats are expected to be unified in voting against it.
Heritage Action is also scoring votes on amendments to the 2011 budget deal that would defund Planned Parenthood and Obama's healthcare reform. Those separate votes were agreed to by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as part of the budget deal.