The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2014 reached $377 billion by the end of February, the Treasury department reported Thursday.
Officials say cost-sharing subsidies will no longer receive a cut under the sequester.
The more liberal budget vision calls for higher taxes on the wealthy, and a range of new spending initatives.
Doug Elmendorf has been in the middle of a series of political storms this year.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday that five months into fiscal 2014, the federal budget deficit has reached $379 billion, a $115 billion improvement from last year.
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked his Democratic counterpart, Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.), to request that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tesify before the committee.
“The Senate Budget Committee is long overdue for a hearing with the Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Murrray Monday.
The budget debate is shifting to the appropriations committees as lawmakers begin work on their annual spending bills.
Sylvia Burwell on Friday said she sees an opening to negotiate a spending increase.
His speech defended GOP leaders' decisionmaking rather than trying to grow Tea Party appeal.
Senate Republicans questioned the level of the Obama administration’s tax hikes proposed in its fiscal 2015 budget, arguing that they could sap energy from economic growth.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) expressed concern that the "steep tax increases" on investment income could weigh down economic growth and negate the benefit of $71 billion in additional revenue.