Senate Likely to Vote on Ryan Budget

by Andrew Stiles

The Senate could vote on the House Republican budget before the end of the month, reports The Hill:

Senate Democratic leadership is likely to bring the GOP’s 2012 budget plan to the floor later this month, a senior leadership aide told The Hill on Friday.

The aide said the Senate was likely to consider the bill the week of May 23, the last week it is in session before a recess for the Memorial Day holiday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has been threatening this for weeks, his goal being to force GOP Senators to go on-the-record in support of a budget that “ends Medicare as we know it.” Of course, a handful of Republicans are likely likely vote against it (Scott Brown, the Maine ladies, etc.) as well. 

Reid’s effort could backfire, however, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has promised to force Democrats to vote on President Obama’s budget “plan.” If the Ryan plan gets more Senate votes that Obama’s (which is a real possibility, as both conservative and liberal Democrats have expressed reservations about the president’s proposals), that would be a tremendous embarrassment indeed.

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