Democrats have been holding their breath on a deal on a government funding bill, with many worried that the GOP plan could make the government less safe.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that the Senate’s plan would have no savings and would put the country at greater risk.
“This bill will not pass, and this House will not be a rubber stamp for it,” she said.
“The Senate plan will not save the nation.
The House will pass a plan that is simply a tax hike on working families, more debt and less economic growth.”
But Pelosi said she believes the House will have a better chance to pass a budget plan.
“If we do not pass the budget, we will have to work with our Republican colleagues to find the money for a budget that will fund the things we need to protect the American people,” she added.
“I believe that the House is ready to work together to pass the best budget bill for the American economy, the American taxpayer and the American family.”
Pelosi’s comments come as the Senate is expected to move ahead with its budget proposal on Thursday, which is expected in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
But Republicans are hoping to pass their budget plan with just the Democratic votes needed to pass it.
“We’re moving forward,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters.
“There is no reason to be cautious.
There is no time to be indecisive.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R, Alaska) echoed Pelosi’s call for the Senate to “pass a budget” that would help the country.
“A balanced budget and a balanced debt must be part of any bipartisan agreement,” she told reporters Thursday.
“It’s imperative that we find a budget with enough money for basic services, for defense, for rebuilding the country, for health care, and for our children’s education.”
Democrats have a lot of leverage over the Senate because of the way the chamber’s rules make it difficult for the majority party to block legislation that would raise taxes.
The Senate, however, has a very difficult task in balancing its spending bill.
If the bill does not pass both chambers, the White House has promised to veto any bill that does not provide $1.5 trillion in cuts to defense and other discretionary programs.
Democrats have expressed concern that they will have the ability to block the entire bill by voting against the spending package.
If that happens, they could be forced to rely on a procedural maneuver known as the budget reconciliation process, which allows them to delay the entire measure.
In recent weeks, several Senate Democrats have made it clear that they do not plan to vote for the House’s budget.
“Democrats have had a great week,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D) said Thursday.
“[But] we’re going to do the right thing and try to move forward with the Senate.”
But if Democrats do not block the bill, the House and Senate will have one last chance to reach an agreement.
Republicans have said that they would not vote for a spending bill without spending cuts, but that they could agree to some spending cuts in exchange for some relief for the middle class and for the deficit.
If Democrats vote against the GOP-backed budget, they will likely have the option of voting for it and still being able to block any budget legislation from passing.
The GOP plan would also leave some people with high health insurance premiums.
The CBO estimates that the Republican bill would increase premiums by $1,400 per family, but a number of Democrats have said the estimates are too optimistic.
The bill includes $1 trillion in tax cuts, including an $800 tax cut for the wealthy.
But some Republicans are already questioning the wisdom of the tax cuts.
“Tax reform is a good idea, but the bill doesn’t provide a sufficient relief for low-income Americans who are paying their fair share of taxes,” Rep. Peter Roskam (R) said on Wednesday.
“My colleagues will make a choice: They can either accept the House Republicans’ budget plan that would reduce taxes and benefit millionaires at the expense of working families and the middle classes, or they can support the Senate bill that provides relief to working families that the President wants to pass through the budget process.”