Senate Democrats are slamming Republicans for the "disrespectful" decision to ignore President Obama's final budget request.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Congress poised to avoid shutdown | Yellen defends Fed from Trump | Why Obama needs PhRMA on trade Trump mocks Clinton for stumbling while sick with pneumonia Brent Budowsky: Sanders and Warren shine MORE (I-Vt.), a Democratic presidential candidate who is also the ranking member of the Budget Committee, sent a letter to Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziOvernight Energy: Obama integrates climate change into national security planning Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase 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 DonovanObama requests .6B in aid for Louisiana floods Overnight Cybersecurity: Privacy Shield takes effect Reid: McConnell 'stringing us along' on Zika 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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