The White House responded Thursday to a unanimous 0-97 Senate vote against a motion to vote on President Obama's budget.
The Senate also voted against the budget plan offered by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., 40-57.
'Yesterday's votes in the Senate against the president's budget plan and the Republican budget plan only reinforce what the president has said many times: both sides will need to give some ground in order to reach a bipartisan agreement on meaningful deficit reduction," said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest, traveling with the presodemt in France for the G8 Summit. "This is precisely the goal of the bipartisan, bicameral working group that vice president is leading and that met again today.'
President Obama sent the $3.7 trillion budget to Capitol Hill in February. In April he updated his budget to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Democrats "don’t even want to use (the Obama budget) as a starting point. Why? We got the answer earlier this week from Senator Schumer, when he indicated that Democrats now believe avoiding this debate altogether helps them in the next election."