Senate Democrats are slamming Republicans for the "disrespectful" decision to ignore President Obama's final budget request.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRep. John Lewis: Ellison is 'right person' to lead DNC DeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition Drug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives MORE (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate who is also the ranking member of the Budget Committee, sent a letter to Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziGOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Grizzlies, guns, and games of gotcha: How the left whiffed on Betsy DeVos Live coverage: Trump budget chief faces two Senate panels MORE (R-Wyo.) with other Senate Democrats decrying the decision to skip hearings as "overt partisanship."
"This year, with no unusual circumstances to prevent us from doing our work, we have been provided with no reasonable explanation for the decision not to hold a hearing. Furthermore, this decision runs counter to repeated calls by the majority for regular order in the Senate," the senators wrote in the letter to Enzi, who chairs the Budget Committee.
President Obama released his final budget request on Tuesday morning, a $4.1 trillion plan that includes a litany of liberal policy proposals that have little chance of becoming law.
Republicans in both chambers of Congress are opting to skip the traditional hearings on the budget request with Shaun DonovanShaun DonovanHouse Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan Overnight Finance: Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | New rules for prepaid cards | Justices dig into insider trading law GOP reps warn Obama against quickly finalizing tax rules MORE, the White House's budget director. Instead, the leaders of the House and Senate budget committees said they plan to focus on writing a budget that balances.
Senate Democrats in their letter said they are "disappointed" and "dismayed" with the GOP's decision.
"The president's budget is more than a political document; it is a compilation of the opinions of experts throughout the government," Sanders and the Democratic senators wrote.
The letter comes after Democrats on the House Budget Committee sent a similar letter to Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who chairs the House committee.
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