..... Budgets only require a simple majority to pass. Democrats have held a simple majority in the Senate for six years. They haven't even attempted to pass a budget for the last three. The purpose, again, was to avoid putting their own unpopular ideas on paper, thus liberating them to simply criticize the other side's solutions.....Democrats want the luxury of passing their socialist policies with the complicity of Republicans. They want/expect 10 or more Republicans to sacrifice themselves on the altar of transformation, so that fellow Democrats won't have to go on record voting for unpopular measures!