By Alexander Bolton - 05/25/11 05:22 PM EDT
The Senate will vote on the House-passed budget plan sponsored by Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanDole: Gingrich should be Trump's running mate In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker MORE (R-Wis.) Wednesday afternoon, putting Republicans in a tough spot over Medicare.
The Senate will vote on four budget plans after 5 p.m., including Ryan’s blueprint and budget plans introduced by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE (R-Ky.), according to a senior Democratic leadership aide.
The vote comes to the floor a day after Republicans lost a congressional seat in a Republican-leaning district. Democrats in the campaign for New York's 26th District argued the House GOP budget would hurt Medicare.
Democrats are expected to vote against the Obama plan because they argue it has been supplanted by the deficit reduction plan Obama laid out in a speech at George Washington University in April.
Four Republicans have already announced they will vote against Ryan’s budget: Paul and centrist Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP lawmaker: 'Republicans were wrong’ to block Garland Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (R-Maine) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
GOP leaders say they will vote for the Ryan budget, but they are not pressing colleagues to do the same.