House Speaker John A. Boehner on Tuesday raised the rhetorical heat on his argument that responsibility for averting the broad automatic budget cuts set to take effect Friday now rests with the Democratic Senate, calling on the body to "get off their ass" and take action.

Boehner (R-Ohio) noted that the House twice last year passed GOP measures to replace the $85 billion sequester -- bills that would have shifted defense cuts to domestic programs. The measures were dismissed by Democrats as a shredding of the social safety net. Boehner said it's now up to Obama and the Senate to move.