Republican congressional leaders offered their budget counter-proposal Monday in response to President Obama's proposal, but it does little more than rehash previous offers that were clearly rejected by the voters in November's election.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized the proposal:
"Republicans in Congress are not in touch with their constituents. They do not seem to understand that they lost the last election because voters rejected their agenda."
"And now they are recycling more of the same agenda that was overwhelmingly rejected in November: lower tax rates for the richest Americans and benefit cuts ..."