DNC Chair: 'Simply Not True' That Sen. Reid Has Refused to Take Up a Budget

April 4, 2012 - 5:59 AM

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "I'm confident the Senate will take up a budget," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, told Fox News on Tuesday. "But let's focus on what's important here. Process is not what we should be obsessing over."

In the interview with Greta Van Susteren, Wasserman Schultz called the budget process an expression of a party's values -- "a blueprint for how you're going to structure the nation's fiscal house."

Wasserman Schultz insisted it's "simply not true" that Sen. Harry Reid has refused to bring a budget to the Senate floor. "I expect that the Senate will take up a budget. I haven't heard Harry Reid say anything close to that he was not going to put a budget on the Senate floor."

But in February, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was quoted by The Hill newspaper as saying, "We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year." Reid told The Hill that the debt-limit agreement reached in August directs spending for the next year, making it unnecessary for the Senate to produce a budget.

The House of Representatives passed Rep. Paul Ryan's budget last week, giving President Obama the opportunity to blast Republicans' vision for deficit reduction.

In a speech on Tuesday, obama called the Ryan budget "radical" and said it makes the GOP's old Contract With America “look like the New Deal.”

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday accused Obama of taking "partisan pot-shots" at Republicans.

“If the president were serious, he would put forward a plan to deal with our debt crisis and save Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for future generations of seniors without raising taxes on small businesses that are struggling in this economy," Boehner said. "Instead, he has chosen to campaign rather than govern, and the debt crisis he is presiding over is only getting worse."

Boehner said the Ryan budget plan a "responsible" attempt to make the "tough choices the president refuses to make to address the staggering deficits and debt that are slowing our economic recovery, costing jobs, and threatening to destroy the American dream."

Among other complaints, Republicans say President Obama's budget imposes $1.9 trillion in new taxes on families, small businesses, and job creators – all to fund more wasteful Washington ‘stimulus’ spending.