In what Paul Ryan called “an unprecedented disrespect for the law”, Obama failed to submit his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year by the the first Monday of February.
This failure to meet statutory budget obligations has become apernicious pattern for the President and his party’s leaders. For over1,000 days, Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget resolution,ignoring the legal requirement to pass a budget resolution by April 15of each year.
Today, Jay Carney announced that the president will put forward a budget “probably the week of April 8”.
Congressional Republicans point out that the White House is reversing the traditional budget process of more than 90 years by allowing Congress to propose plans first.
“Ratherthan helping lead Congress toward a reasonable outcome, it appears thepresident is happy to drop a bomb on the congressional budget processinstead by releasing his budget plan after the House and Senate haveacted,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said “it’sunderstandable that the president would be embarrassed to release abudget that never balances, but there is no excuse for thisunprecedented delay and failure of leadership.”
Of course, Obama’s not embarrassed at all. He’s not even trying to balance the budget. He sniffs at the out-dated idea:
President Obama’s plans won’t balance the federal budget in thecoming decade, he said Tuesday, stressing that his top priority isgrowing the economy and not a balanced budget.
“My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake ofbalance. My goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work,and if we do that we are going to be bringing in more revenue,” he saidin an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos.