House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she intends to bring a budget for the coming year to the House floor.
Pelosi signaled that Democrats would work to pass a budget despite reports that they might do otherwise, reports which had prompted Republican criticism this year.
"The plan is to work to bring a budget resolution to the floor," Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol during her weekly press conference.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) had suggested earlier this week that it was possible that Democrats might not pass a budget this year, citing a busy calendar ahead as an obstacle.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) had said Wednesday, though, that he would move forward with his own budget, and said that his House counterpart, Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.), fully intended to produce a budget of his own.
Republicans blasted the prospect of no budget during a press availability of their own on Thursday, which coincided with April 15's Tax Day holiday.
"After they just had this big binge of taxing and spending and borring, they're not even going to budget for it," charged Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the top GOP member of the House Budget Committee.