After refusing to adopt a budget for the past three years, Senate Democratic leaders are suddenly embracing the task with gusto — convinced that it provides the perfect opportunity to draw a contrast with the penny-pinching policies of House Republicans.
The new Senate Budget Committee chairman, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), is planning to unveil a 10-year spending plan within the next two weeks and push it out of committee by the middle of March, aides say.
Murray has distributed at least two memos to her colleagues about the virtues of adopting a budget. The latest, sent around Friday, offers little new information about the course Murray will take to tame the national debt. But it does show a line of attack against the budget framework that will soon be released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
“The differences between our approach and that of the House Republicans could not be starker,” Murray wrote. “We don’t yet know the details of House Republicans’ updated budget plan, but assuming they keep their promises, we have a good idea about what to expect.”