Once again, Obama fails to deliver federal budget on time

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 4, 2013

Another year, another missed budget deadline to add to the mess.

President Obama officially failed to submit his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal on time, making it the fourth time in five years he has failed to do so. In comparison, that is the number of times that President Bush 41, Bush 43 and Clinton failed to turn in a budget on time collectively.

The president’s excuse this time was that Congress took too long developing a deal to prevent the nation from falling off the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ on January 1. “Because these issues were not resolved until the American Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on Jan. 2, 2013, the administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 budget preparations, which will in turn delay the budget’s submission to Congress,” acting White House budget director Jeffrey Zients wrote to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wisc.) last month warning of the delay.

The Budget Act of 1974 requires that each president submit a budget annually on the first Monday in February. The act also gives Congress until April 15th to develop its own budget blueprint; while the House has passed a bill each of the past five years the Senate has failed to do so since 2009.

In advance of Obama’s failure to submit the proposal on time, Congress sent the president a bill last week requiring both chambers to pass budgets by April 15th this year – the “No Budget, No Pay” act, which would strip lawmakers of their paychecks if they failed to do so. The bill also removed the current debt ceiling limit until mid-May; however, it doesn’t require the two chambers to pass the same budget bill.

“For the fourth time in five years this White House has proven it does not take trillion-dollar deficits seriously enough to submit a budget on time,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

“In contrast, Republicans will meet our obligations and pass another budget in the coming weeks that addresses our spending problem, promotes robust job creation, and expands opportunity for all Americans.”

Ryan also released a statement about the president’s failure to produce a budget on time, stating that,”Every time the President and Senate Democrats shirk their duty, they delay choices we need to make. We’ve still got time, but it’s dwindling. Every missed deadline is a missed opportunity. We need to get serious about spending now.”

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