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GOP Address: Sen. Johnson, Republicans Dispappointed by Obama's Economic Policies

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin delivers this week's Republican address, marking this week's Senate vote of 99-0 against a budget amendment represented as President Obama's budget request.  

With a background in private sector accounting and manufacturing, Johnson says that he is used to "getting things done ... producing results."

"But that's not what's happening in the United States Senate," the senator says in the address.

Sen. Johnson lays in to Senate Democrats placing blame on the lawmakers for the Senate's failure to pass a budget in three years.

"Even though families and most businesses produce budgets to help control their finances, the largest financial entity in the world is operating without one," he says. "Why? Because Democrats in the Senate refuse to be held accountable.  They either don't have a plan, or they simply do no want their fingerprints on one."

But, he says, "Republicans have proven that we are willing to be held accountable.  Since regaining a majority in the House, Republicans have fulfilled our responsibility every year by passing a budget."  

Johnson says that despite House GOP's efforts to pass a budget, those attempts have died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. He further points out that the president's budget has failed repeatedly in both the Senate and House.

"This is a stunning repudiation of his leadership. At a time when America requires sober financial management, President Obama's fiscal plans have been so unserious, that not a single member of his own party supported them with their vote," Johnson says.

ABC News' Jake Tapper reported earlier this week, however, that the most recent "versions" of the president's budget, rejected in the House and Senate have been called Republican "gimmicks" and stunts by White House officials.

The budget amendment, introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Miss., and voted down 99-0 in the Senate, proposed many of the same topline numbers, but offered no specifics and appeared to be heavily condensed at just 56 pages long. In fact, the Senate Budget Committee's top Democrat explained his party's inability to support this week's rejected proposal.

"This is the president's budget," Sen. Kent Conrad, D-S.D., said referring to the much larger budget proposal offered by President Obama. "This is what Sen. Sessions has presented as being the president's budget," referring to the slimmer 56-page document, voted down in the Senate.

"I think it's readily apparent there is a big difference between the President's budget, which I hold in my hands, and what Sen. Sessions has presented as being the president's budget. This is not the president's budget. So, of course, we're not going to support it. It's not what the president proposed," Conrad said.

Still, Johnson says that without a budget, America's fiscal house is in "total disarray," for which President Obama "offers no solutions."

"If you're concerned about the financial future of America, these are not encouraging results," he says.

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Senate GOP: Obama Passed the Buck on Debt Ceiling Talks -- One day before the fifth round of Vice President Biden-led debt ceiling talks are held on the Hill, Republican Senators on Wednesday increased the pressure on President Obama directly, accusing him of "phoning it in" and calling for the president to be more personally involved in the negotiations to avert a potentially catastrophic default on the nation's debt.

"Our president is totally disengaged," Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said at a press conference. "He sent his vice president to negotiate, what maybe once a week, twice a week? We are facing a debt crisis and our president is just phoning it in. I find that very disappointing. I think the American people find that very disappointing."

In April, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead the bipartisan deficit reduction talks with a group of lawmakers from each of the four caucuses, in order to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit before the Aug. 2 deadline for action. Since then, Biden has held four meetings with the group -- with the fifth being held Thursday on the Hill.

Johnson said that the issue requires the president’s full attention, "24 hours a day," suggesting that the level of involvement of the president shows that he doesn't properly understand how dire the situation is.

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, echoed the sentiment adding that Obama should get directly involved and "not just shovel it off to someone else."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that Republicans will not support any deal to raise the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by spending cuts at least equal to the amount by which the borrowing limit is raised.

After the last meeting of the bipartisan group, Biden said the group is "on pace" to identify at least $1 trillion in cuts. But Democrats oppose any deal that would include cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare.

Democrats say that new tax revenues need to be part of any eventual deal to raise the debt ceiling. Republican leaders in Congress have steadfastly said that the country has "a spending problem" -- not a revenue problem -- and raising taxes is not an option.

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2012 Looms Over Three-Front Budget War

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As President Obama outlined his plan to curb the national deficit over the long term Wednesday, Republicans on Capitol Hill were scrambling to keep their fraying coalition intact for a vote -- expected later Thursday -- on the budget accord that will fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.

“We can do better; we must do better,” freshman Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said in a statement Wednesday, pledging to vote “no” on the bill when it moves to the Senate. “I made a commitment to support the House in its pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget … This is the first Continuing Resolution that does not achieve that level of spending reduction.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said earlier this week that he would vote against the agreement in House, noting that “voters are asking us to set our sights higher.”

Not helping matters was a Congressional Budget Office Report issued Wednesday that indicated the agreement reached between the White House, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would produce only minimal savings in the first year.

The CBO estimate shows that the spending bill would cut only $352 million from this year’s deficit between now and Sept. 30. Why? Primarily because billions of dollars in cuts to domestic programs will be offset by an increase in defense spending.

The Speaker’s office responded swiftly with a fact-check of the CBO report.

“The final agreement cuts nearly $40 billion in budget authority -- taking away the Administration’s license to spend that money,” according to the statement. “These are real cuts and will result in $315 billion worth of savings over the next decade.”

But adding fuel to the fire over Thursday's planned vote is pressure from Tea Party groups who are looking to hold GOP lawmakers accountable for their stance on the budget deal and the coming decision on whether or not to raise the debt ceiling.

“I’m literally getting emails by the hour from people talking about primary challenges,” Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler told The Hill newspaper.

And even one of the party’s presumptive 2012 presidential candidates -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- got into the action Wednesday, urging lawmakers to vote against the agreement.

“The fact that billions of dollars advertised as cuts were not scheduled to be spent in any case makes this budget wholly unacceptable,” Pawlenty said. “It's no surprise that President Obama and Senator Reid forced this budget, but it should be rejected.”

Boehner’s office did not take kindly to Pawlenty's advice. Michael Steele, a spokesman for the Speaker told ABC News, “The Speaker has always honored President Reagan’s ‘11th commandment,’” referring to the former president's adage to never speak ill of a fellow Republican.

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