Murray plans to unveil a budget next week, although her effort may be overshadowed by the coming fight over a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.
“Whereas two or three years ago, people might have been more skittish about something that included revenues, now members are feeling more sure-footed,” one Democratic leadership aide said about the difference in caucus mood since November’s elections. “I don’t think we would be adequately able to frame the Ryan budget — I don’t think we’ll be able to take advantage of the Ryan budget — unless we have a contrast document.”
The aide, unaffiliated with the Budget Committee, said it was no longer enough for Democrats to “sit back and fire spitballs” at the House Republicans and said Democrats would be able to pass whatever framework comes out of Murray’s committee with “a majority of the body.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.