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 SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign 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 BarrassoLatest Trump proposal on endangered species could limit future habitat, critics say Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election Barrasso nuclear bill latest GOP effort to boost uranium mining MORE (R-Wyo.). "This is an ambush budget. The president is ambushing the American people."

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanNot a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Senators holding behind-the-scenes talks on breaking coronavirus package stalemate 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."