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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 Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions 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 BarrassoJudge halts Biden pause on new public lands oil leasing GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' Biden land management pick faces GOP scrutiny over decades-old tree spiking case MORE (R-Wyo.). "This is an ambush budget. The president is ambushing the American people."

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? G-7 summit exposes incoherence of US foreign policy Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees 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."