Hatch to Reid: Vote on all House-proposed budgets

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch said Wednesday that Senate Democrats should hold a vote on every budget proposed by House members, not just Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan.

Hatch's (Utah) idea came in response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) decision to hold a vote on the Ryan budget in order to expose a potential rift in the Senate GOP conference.

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"If this is where Senate Democrats want to go, then we ought to have all the budget proposals voted on, including the ultra-left progressive caucus budget with its stratospheric tax hikes and severe defense cuts," Hatch said in a statement to The Hill.

Hatch's plan would theoretically turn Reid's idea against him and put centrist and vulnerable Senate Democrats on the defensive over the Congressional Progressive Caucus's (CPC) 2012 budget plan, which calls for a balanced budget through defense cuts, a public healthcare option and higher taxes.

But the Utah senator's plan faces roadblocks: the CPC's plan did not pass the House and would have to be introduced in the Senate in order to receive a vote. 

Hatch said the main point was that Senate Democrats are taking up the House GOP's plan before even considering their own proposal.

"Let me get this straight – after failing to even craft or pass a budget last year, now Senate Democrats, who won’t take up the president’s budget, are turning to what House Republicans drafted," he said. "This is a sad testimony to how completely incapable they are of putting forward a credible and concrete plan to tackle our nation’s debt." 

The president in a major speech this month set a goal of slashing $4 trillion from the deficit over 12 years.

A number of other budgets were proposed in the House, including a plan backed by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a conservative plan proposed by the Republican Study Committee.

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