Senate GOP takes aim at White House budget

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Several lawmakers pointed to ongoing strife in Greece as proof of what awaits America without substantial change.

"Basically, there's no change on our debt course, and it's a deeply troubling thing for me," said Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

"I believe the president has abandoned his role as leader of this nation by not being honest with the American people about the significance of the debt problems we're facing," added Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoScalise: House, Senate ‘pretty close’ on tax bill Top GOP senator: House and Senate 'not that far apart' on tax bill Sunday shows preview: Republicans take victory lap on taxes MORE (R-Wyo.). "This is an ambush budget. The president is ambushing the American people."

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him How four GOP senators guided a tax-bill victory behind the scenes MORE (R-Ohio), who served as director of the Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush, sought to paint the newest proposal as truly egregious, even in a politically charged election year.

"To me, this budget goes beyond the line. It goes beyond being just a political document, it goes to being an irresponsible document," he said.

Senate Republicans also used the latest proposal to ding their Democratic counterparts for failing to pass a budget of their own, while vowing to do things differently if they take charge of the upper chamber after the elections.

"We will pass a budget. We will have a bicameral budget," said Sessions. "It will alter the debt course of America and put us on a path to growth and prosperity, and not the path of debt and decline."