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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will unveil his budget blueprint today, which he said would balance the budget in nine years ó a far more aggressive target than even the budget passed by the House.

Toomey will be joined by fellow conservative Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).

Reid has promised a vote on the House budget blueprint as well, but he has not said when that will occur. That will also almost certainly be in the form of a vote on a motion to proceed, which Democrats can easily defeat, rather than on the budget itself. Thatís because once a budget resolution actually gets to the floor for debate, Budget Act rules apply, including unlimited amendments.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to respond in kind with a vote on President Barack Obamaís original budget proposal, which would likely get even fewer votes, given that Obama has since acknowledged his plan fails to put the nation on a sustainable path.

Editorís note:

The online version of this article has been updated with comments from Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).

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