By Bernie Becker - 05/19/11 04:16 PM EDT
Republicans have said that, given growing deficit problems and the current fiscal situation, it's irresponsible for Democrats not to put a proposal forward.
To further push that point, a fair number of Republicans in both the House and the Senate made statements on Twitter, and criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for shirking his leadership duty. (Among those who took to Twitter: The office of Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader; Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman; Sen. John Cornyn of Texas; and the conservative Republican Study Committee.)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who recently took a break from the Gang of Six talks, also knocked Reid over his approach to deficits in a Thursday op-ed.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Senate Budget Committee chairman, has yet to release a budget resolution this year, and there is talk that, due to disputes over taxes, he might not move one at all.