Durbin, who followed Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) to the floor, noted the daunting task faced by President Obama in creating the budget. 

"The president has two accelerators and he has to push them both at the same time," said Durbin, the assistant majority leader, "fiscal responsibility on one side and economic growth on the other, and we have to move forward on a straight path.

"That’s what his budget does," said Durbin. 


But McConnell, also for a second consecutive day, battered President Obama on the document, claiming it is chock-full of accounting tricks and that it represents an abdication of leadership on the nation's biggest challenges. 

"Last year’s budget wasn't worth the paper it was printed on and neither is this one," said McConnell. "[T]his president is completely failing the American people."

President Obama on Monday morning sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget proposal, which he called a “reflection of shared responsibility.” The plan would lower deficit predictions over the next decade by $3 trillion, financed with $1.5 trillion in new taxes and savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as some cuts in mandatory spending.

"This is what passes for leadership down at the White House?" asked McConnell on Tuesday. "The president ... throws together a plan he knows is completely deceptive and then goes on the road to sell it to captive audiences at high schools and colleges around the nation.”

Reid, instead, focused his remarks on the more mundane matter of the Surface Transportation Bill, which is currently stalled in the upper chamber due to inter-party strife. 

Reid has indicated he does not plan to call Obama's budget, or any budget, to the floor, pointing out that the summer’s Budget Control Act includes funding for the next two years. 

"We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it's done, we don't need to do it," Reid said Friday.