By Ramsey Cox
The Senate was suppose to start consideration of Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) budget on Tuesday, but that has been delayed as the Senate continues work on the continued spending resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Hatch criticized Democrats for not addressing the main drivers of government spending — entitlements — in their budget.
“It isn’t just that we’re spending a lot of money on these programs, it’s that they are structurally unsustainable," he said. "The authors of this budget feel no real need to change course with our debt.
“How can anyone bring a budget like this to the floor … and claim to be fiscally responsible?”
Hatch said Murray’s budget only reduces entitlement spending by .02 percent. He added that Medicare and Medicaid spending is "eating us alive" and the budget "doesn't do a thing about it."