socalfitness saidIf you want an example of playing games, look at Harry Reid's refusal to have the Senate produce a budget.
Perhaps because of this: US Constitution, Article I, Section 7: All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
The Constitution does not address a budget process (in fact the word does not even appear there), but because of Section 7, the initiative for one has always been with the House. Indeed, only in more recent times has the President proposed his own budget plan, but it is merely a proposal and nothing more; it is not a Bill. House Members (usually from his own Party) must agree to submit to the House such parts of it as they may support, in the form of an actual House Bill.
As for the Senate, it could merely approve the House budget, with any amendments as the Constitution stipulates. Or it could propose its own budget for negotiating purposes with the House. If the House budget fails to pass in the Senate, it is customary, though not Constitutionally required, for the Senate, in this case controlled by a different Party than the House, to offer its own budget proposal, assuming it had not already done so.
But the House must still pass the revised budget, whoever writes it -- the Senate does NOT "produce" a budget, only the House can. That's the step Harry Reid is waiting for before offering an alternative proposal. From the LA Times, May 20, 2011:Democrats announced Thursday that they would decline to pursue a budget, preferring to await a resolution to various bipartisan budget efforts underway. Those include the White House talks -- led by Vice President Joe Biden -- with congressional leaders to strike an accord in exchange for raising the nation's debt limit.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad of North Dakota said Democrats had decided to "defer" presenting their budget as negotiations continued. Conrad and Reid have said the budget could be used as the legislative vehicle for that effort.