(CNN) – Not wasting a minute, Democratic campaign groups in Congress are bringing Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan–which he's set to release Tuesday–into the line of fire, attempting to make it a wedge issue in the 2014 midterm elections.
But Republicans are hitting back, attacking Democrats for their lack of a balanced budget one day before Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray is expected to make public the Senate's budget plan.
The political war over Ryan's budget is a familiar storyline, one that was seen in last year's race for the White House and in multiple congressional races after the Wisconsin Republican congressman was tapped to be GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate. It also played a big role in key races during the 2010 midterm elections.
And Ryan's budget is again shaping up to be a controversial bill, full of Democratic sticking points–no taxes, changes to Medicare, a repeal of President Obama's health care reform, and support for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal published online Monday night, the House Budget Committee chairman said his plan would balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes.
Perhaps one of the divisive provisions in the plan would be the major adjustment to Medicare starting in 2024. According to the proposal, seniors would have a choice of health care plans, including traditional Medicare, and would receive support from the government toward paying their premiums based on their income level and health.
But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee labels the budget "extreme" and says the budget would force "seniors to pay more out of their pockets each year for health care." The DSCC confirmed that it's targeting 16 Republican Congressional members considered to be potential Senate candidates in 2014. That list includes two senators running for re-election: Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas.
Meanwhile, the House Democratic campaign arm is using Facebook Tuesday to direct voters to an online petition against Ryan's budget plan. The Facebook ad will target people nationwide who are 50 years old and older. As of Monday evening, the petition had 300,000 signatures, according to the group.
"Help us reach 500,000 strong telling Paul Ryan and House Republicans not to destroy Medicare," the petition states.
And House Majority PAC, an independent group dedicated to helping Democrats take control of the House again, released a web video attacking Ryan for trying to "voucherize Medicare." The video feature news clips and headlines that argue Ryan is doubling down on his Medicare plan that has thus far failed to pass Congress.
While Democrats aim to reuse the Medicare fight in 2014, some say the tactic may not play out.
"I think both parties have used up the mileage they are going to get from the Ryan budget," said Nathan L. Gonzales, deputy editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report. "The Ryan budget was the issue that was supposed to win back the house for the Democrats in 2012 and it didn't happen."
While they made an eight seat pickup last November, the Democrats fell far short of winning back control of the House.
Also in anticipation of the Senate Democratic budget being laid out Wednesday by Sen. Patty Murray–the first Senate budget introduced in four years–Republicans are going after Democrats for what's expected to be a plan that doesn't balance the budget in 10 years, as proposed in Ryan's budget.
The National Republican Congressional Committee sent a release to 20 Democratic districts, calling on House members to stand up to their party and urge their leaders to propose a balanced budget.
"Democrats cannot be trusted to help fix our country's fiscal mess, if they cannot be trusted to balance the budget and create jobs," the release states. "The choice is clear: Democrats' perpetual deficits or Republicans' plan to balance the budget and spur economic growth."