House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement in response to Senate Democrats introducing their FY 2014 budget resolution:
"I'm glad Senate Democrats have written a budget, and I commend Senator Murray for her hard work. Now we can have the debate our country needs. Both parties can offer their solutions to our nation's challenges--and the people can judge their merit.
"That said, Senate Democrats still have some work to do. Their budget never balances--ever. It simply takes more from hardworking families to spend more in Washington. It ignores the drivers of our debt. It continues the raid on Medicare. And it imperils the health and retirement security our seniors need.
"We owe the American people a responsible, balanced budget. Writing a budget is an important first step, but we need to balance the budget. So in the coming weeks, I hope Senate Democrats will join in the effort."