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 RyanOvernight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Overnight Healthcare: Watchdog says ObamaCare program made illegal payments 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 PaulLawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect 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 CollinsElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Swing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws Reid knocks GOP on gun 'terror loophole' after attacks 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.