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Reid seizes on Ryan budget plan

The Senate has just gone into session -- and it took Majority Leader Harry Reid two minutes to begin attacking the Paul Ryan Medicare plan, as well as where the Republican Party stands on the proposal.

Without naming GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Reid said "one prominent candidate" has "spun himself into circles" to explain his position on the plan.

Reid plans to hold a vote on the Ryan budget later this week (day TBD) -- which he argued will "kill Medicare." Reid is calling the vote to force Senate Republicans to take a position on the Medicare proposal.

To counter the Democrats, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to call a vote on President Obama's FY2012 budget to force Democrats (especially those up for re-election in 2012) to take a stand on a budget that many said didn't go far enough in spending cuts and deficit reduction.

Both votes are purely political with no chance of passage.