OMB Director Peter Orszag, on a conference call this morning with reporters, gave this response to questions about budget criticism: "It's easy to lob criticisms, but part of the policy process involves putting forward alternatives. I haven't seen, on the Senate side, any alternatives...it seems off to be criticizing without putting forward an alternative." And indeed, Senate Republicans aren't likely to release one. As Judd Gregg said in an MSNBC interview Monday that Democrats have called attention to, Republicans see offering a counterproposal as fruitless "because we only have 41 people in the Senate."

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