Democrats note GOP budget also requires debt-ceiling lift

Senate Democrats are hammering home the message Friday that House Republicans have already voted for a budget that requires a raising of the nation’s debt ceiling, and say the GOP should stop playing games with the debt limit.

The House Republican 2012 budget resolution passed April 15 does not balance the budget until about 2040 and will increase the national debt massively — although by much less than President Obama’s budget or his new revised budget framework unveiled last week.

Under the GOP resolution, the debt limit would have to be raised every year, from $14.3 trillion today to $23 trillion in 2021. This is necessary despite the fact the budget would reduce deficits by $4 trillion over 10 years while cutting nearly $6 trillion in spending.

“Language Buried Inside House GOP’s ‘Path to Prosperity’ Would Lift Debt Ceiling by $2T Right Away and Nearly $9T by 2023,” the Senate Democrat’s media war room, overseen by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says in a press release.

“The Ryan budget will preserve and protect Medicare and Medicaid while putting us on a path to pay down the national debt.  The President’s budget would increase the debt – year after year.  Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Schumer, have not offered a budget at all – again.  If Sen. Schumer wants to be a serious factor in this debate, he should spend less time throwing stones and more time crunching numbers," Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in response to the Democrats message.

Most Republicans are calling for limits on spending to be tied to the debt-ceiling increase and have not claimed their budget reaches balance in this decade.

Some Tea Party activists and commentators have called for refusing to raise the debt ceiling altogether, however.

Senate Democrats titled their press release “SHHH … DON’T TELL THE TEA PARTY.”