Democrats in Congress are trying to divide the Tea Party from the Republican leadership.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was caught giving political strategy notes in a conference call Tuesday. He didn't know reporters were also on the line.
Schumer said Democrats should call the Republican budget cuts "extreme." He said the idea was to imply that the only way to avoid a government shutdown is for House Speaker John Boehner to compromise with the Democrats and not just listen to the Tea Party.
Republicans say Schumer's comments show that the Democrats are just playing political games with the budget.
In a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Democrats had prepared another offer for Republicans that would bring total spending cuts to $30 billion, including $10 billion that Congress has already approved.
Democratic opposition remains strong to GOP attempts to defund or hamper implementation of the year-old health care law. They are also unwilling to accept cutting off federal funds for Planned Parenthood.
"It's too extreme," Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said. "I don't see it happening."
On Thursday's "The 700 Club," Dr. Pat Robertson will talk with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about the growing federal debt and the Republican plans for the budget. Check your local listings.