Democrats have power over something Republicans want. Republicans want the Bush tax breaks for billionaires to be renewed. That is who butters their bread. Republicans want the tax cuts for billionaires restored permanently. Democrats have said they might be open to do it temporarily. I'd say it shouldn't be done at all, at least for the wealthiest 2%. However, if Democrats wanted to compromise, they sure as hell should not do it before passing a budget that makes sure that necessities of government are taken care.
We need to make sure that Republicans work with Democrats to keep government functioning, then we can talk about their precious tax cuts.