Hatch criticizes Democrats' budget for doing 'nothing' on entitlement reform

The Senate was suppose to start consideration of Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Feds can learn lessons from states about using data to inform policy Lawmakers blast poultry, meat industries over worker injuries MORE’s (D-Wash.) budget on Tuesday, but that has been delayed as the Senate continues work on the continued spending resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Democrats say their budget cuts the deficit by $1.85 trillion over 10 years through an equal amount of tax revenue and spending cuts, but the GOP has said that because it assumes the sequester will not happen, the amount if deficit reduction is closer to $700 billion.

Hatch criticized Democrats for not addressing the main drivers of government spending — entitlements — in their budget.

“It isn’t just that we’re spending a lot of money on these programs, it’s that they are structurally unsustainable," he said. "The authors of this budget feel no real need to change course with our debt.

“How can anyone bring a budget like this to the floor … and claim to be fiscally responsible?”

Hatch said Murray’s budget only reduces entitlement spending by .02 percent. He added that Medicare and Medicaid spending is "eating us alive" and the budget "doesn't do a thing about it."

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