Ezra Klein reports:

Last night, I spoke with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who became ranking member on the House Budget Committee after the election. “We will have a Democratic alternative,” he told me. “We’ll have it ready as a substitute when the Republican budget comes to the floor of the House, which is a week from tomorrow.”

That seemed, I said, like a bit of a tight schedule. Ryan had been working on his budget for for months. Had Van Hollen been preparing his own budget during that period? “I have, for a long time,” Van Hollen said. “We want to demonstrate that you can get responsible and serious deficit reduction by making different choices than the Republicans are making.”

It would have been nice--or informative at least--if Democrats had produced a budget last year when they were actually in power. But better late than never!

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