By Peter Schroeder - 02/13/12 07:16 PM EST
"Basically, there's no change on our debt course, and it's a deeply troubling thing for me," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (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 Barrasso (R-Wyo.). "This is an ambush budget. The president is ambushing the American people."
Sen. Rob Portman (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."