Republicans in Congress criticized President Obama and Senate Democrats Saturday morning for failing to produce a realistic federal budget.

In their weekly radio address, Republicans trotted out freshman Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who lamented his servitude in “Sen. Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate.”

The reference to the Senate Democratic leader from Nevada called attention to something the Senate hasn’t done in three years: pass a budget blueprint. Johnson also claimed that Obama’s more detailed budget was defeated in a 99-0 vote; it actually was a procedural motion to consider the budget.

Democrats say last year’s Budget Control Act set the parameters for this year’s appropriations bills, so no budget blueprint is needed. In reality, they do not want to debate taxes and spending because of potential amendments Republicans would force them to consider (read: spending cuts and tax cuts).

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