From NBC's Ken Strickland
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's written statement reacting to House GOP members unveiling their budget proposal:
"If you like this recession, you'll love the Republican budget. And if their plan sounds familiar, it's because it merely repeats the same mistakes of the past eight years -- mistakes that have cost millions of Americans their jobs and plunged our nation into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
"While the Democratic budget invests in health care, education and energy, the Republican budget will take cops off the streets and eliminate needed transportation projects that create jobs. While the Democratic budget cuts taxes for middle-class families, the Republican budget continues to give tax breaks disproportionately to multimillionaires and Big Oil companies. And while the Democratic budget is designed to help families keep their homes and get us out of this recession, the Republican budget will only make a bad situation worse.
"What America needs now is a serious and responsible plan that invests in our future, cuts taxes for the middle class and cuts the Republican Deficit -- which is exactly what the Democratic budget does."