Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is so confident that Democrats will not support President Obama’s budget, he plans to introduce the bill himself.
With Obama set to release his 2013 budget Monday, the Kentucky Republican said he will do the same thing he did last year when the Senate was trying to pass a budget.
“I offered President Obama’s budget, since the Democrats didn’t seem to want to develop their own budget and didn’t want to vote for his. His budget was defeated 97 to nothing,” McConnell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Republicans have repeatedly attacked Senate Democrats for failing to produce a budget.
“Senate Democrats haven’t passed a budget in a thousand days, even though the law requires it,” said McConnell.
In theory Congress passes a budget every year, but a divided legislative branch often means that Congress will instead pass temporary funding bills.
Both parties avoided a government shutdown in December by passing an omnibus spending bill for 2012.