Sen. Wicker: ‘Profound Failure’ If GOP Can’t Pass a Budget

As House Republicans consider a budget proposal aimed at countering President Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes, the likely spending cuts needed to meet their goal of eliminating the federal budget deficit over 10 years could be too severe for Senate GOP colleagues to accept, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The GOP will therefore struggle to negotiate a budget conservative enough to pass the House but moderate enough to win the backing of Senate Republicans, many of whom face tough re-election battles in 2016.

“It would be a profound failure — with a 51-vote threshold [in the Senate] — if we couldn’t pass a budget,” Mississippi GOP Sen. Roger Wicker told the Journal.