(CNN) – It's a weekend when Washington, for the most part, puts politics on the back burner in favor of laughs at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had his elbows out for President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate, using the GOP weekly address to criticize both for inaction on a federal budget.
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Obama used his address to explain an executive order on education benefits for veterans he signed Friday.
Ryan, author of a budget that passed the Republican-controlled House last month but has not survived the Senate, criticized the upper chamber for not passing a budget in several years.
"Last week, leaders in the United States Senate, which is controlled by the president's own party, announced they would not advance a budget for the third year in a row," said Ryan, who represents a district in Wisconsin. "Tomorrow, in fact, will mark three years to the day since the Senate last fulfilled this basic governing responsibility."
That measure was a $3.4 trillion blueprint for federal spending in fiscal year 2010 which, like Ryan's budget this year, passed the House in April 2009 along a party-line vote.
Since then, the two chambers have not agreed to a budget, which is a policy document and spending blueprint typically passed in the spring. Capitol Hill has not enacted a budget in four other years since the era of modern budgeting began in 1983, according to the nonpartisan fact check group PolitiFact: 2003, 1999, 2005, and 2007. Both houses were under Republican control in three of the four years, the group points out, and once the Democrat-led Senate did not pass a plan.
Funds are dolled out to the various agencies and departments through appropriations measures, which have eventually passed the House and Senate in recent years, sometimes with an 11th hour agreement that brought the government back from the brink of a shutdown.
Ryan used the occasion to tout the bill approved late last month known as the "Ryan Plan," as well as other proposals that GOP leaders refer to collectively as "The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators."
"The Republican-led House has passed a pro-growth budget and nearly 30 jobs bills that are waiting for action in the Senate," Ryan said. "This week, we passed four more bills relating to stopping cyber-terrorism - which hurts our economy and costs jobs."
In an election year, these bills are more than, well, just bills - they're political pawns.
Meanwhile, the president spoke on a directive he signed Friday requiring "veterans and servicemembers get a simple fact sheet called 'Know Before You Owe' that lays out all the information they need about financial aid and paying for college."
While most educational institutions do not take advantage of returning servicemembers, some do, the president said.
"They bombard potential students with emails and pressure them into making a quick decision. Some of them steer recruits towards high-interest loans and mislead them about credit transfers and job placement programs," Obama said. "One of the worst examples was a college recruiter who visited a Marine barracks and enrolled Marines with brain injuries so severe that some of them couldn't recall what courses the recruiter had signed them up for."
Additional information from colleges and universities will help veterans "make an informed decision when it comes to picking the right program," he said.
Next weekend, Obama hits the campaign trail for his first rallies of the 2012 election.