On Tuesday, the House will consider the “Require a PLAN Act” (H.R. 444) to force President Barack Obama to submit a proposed date and plan to balance the budget.
On Wednesday, the House will take up amendments to the bill, including one that would urge President Barack Obama to use the Simpson-Bowles plan as a means to cut the budget deficit.
“These recommendations enjoy wide bipartisan support and should be considered the basis for meeting the requirements of this Act,” says the language from Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Frank Wolf (R-VA).
On Monday, Obama missed the legally-required February 4th budget deadline for the fourth time during his presidency; only once has Obama turned in his budget on time.
Whether renewed support exists in the House for the Bowles-Simpson plan to reduce the deficit remains unclear. Last March, Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly rejected the plan 38-382 when it was proposed as an alternative House budget resolution.