Moving a motion to conference the budgets would put the onus on Speaker John Boehner to appoint conferees.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could formally move as early as this week to create a House-Senate conference committee on the budget.
Moving a motion to conference the budgets — which a leadership aide said is “possible” — would put the onus on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to appoint conferees to the talks.
Senate Democratic aides say they suspect Boehner and GOP leaders want to drag their feet on creating a conference committee, and sense an opportunity to draw attention to that.
Republicans counter that they want a budget agreement that tackles “out-of-control” government spending, but see little point in a conference committee if Senate Democrats continue to demand a trillion dollars in new taxes while refusing to compromise on cuts.