House GOP criticizes president for missing budget deadline
February 4th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
2 years ago

House GOP criticizes president for missing budget deadline

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are calling out the president for missing Monday's deadline to submit his budget to Congress, and they plan on holding a vote Tuesday to draw attention to the lapse.

By law the president is required to deliver his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to Capitol Hill the first Monday in February. This year marks the fourth time in five years this administration's submission will be late.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested that reporters should focus on "substance over deadlines" when asked Monday why the president failed to meet the deadline.

Carney argued that the House GOP budgets were "highly partisan" and maintained that the president "has put forward consistently budgets that achieve what the American people overwhelmingly support."

Continuing their longstanding offensive to label the White House and Senate Democrats as not serious about reining in record budget deficits, House GOP leaders scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a bill to drive their message home and force the administration to give Congress more details about its fiscal plans.

The "Require a PLAN" Act, sponsored by Georgia Republican Rep Tom Price, instructs the president to produce a budget that brings the federal budget into balance within ten years or submit a plan to Congress by April 1st explaining what year the administration's budget would do that.

House Republican leaders released statements Monday, one after the other, criticizing the administration for ignoring the law.

"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," House Speaker John Boehner said in his statement.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said, "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."

Carney did not say whether the president would submit his budget before his State of the Union address, which is scheduled for February 12th.

Boehner recently told House Republicans that he supports Ryan's goal of drafting a bill that will balance the budget in ten years - a move that would require significant spending cuts and dramatic changes to entitlement programs.

In contrast, the budget the GOP-led House passed last year that was drafted by Ryan took more than 25 years to balance. Democrats held up Ryan's budget and its proposal to overhaul Medicare as a major political issue in the 2012 elections, and would likely zero in on the changes in this year's version to argue the GOP plan could hurt seniors and slash popular federal programs.

Last week the Democratic-led Senate passed the House GOP's bill to suspend the nation's debt ceiling through May. It also included a provision requiring each chamber to approve a budget by April or members' paychecks would be withheld. Senate Democratic leaders claimed they already had plans to pass their own budget, even though they haven't held a vote on one in four years.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. george

    Is this SOMETHING NEW? I think NOT...Senate hasn't passed a bill in 4 1/2 years !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Terry

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Getting his budget shot down for no other reason than the fact that HE submitted it has stopped being a presidential priority.
    Live with it. You'll get it when he's good and damn ready to give it to you. Capisce?"
    --------------------------------------

    Sorry, this a not a third-world banana republic. We have laws and rules. Obama was elected President, not king or emperor.

    February 4, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Why bother submitting an annual budget when the House is running the country with Continuing Resolutions? Wouldn't it be a moot point? We have had CR's ever since TARP was passed.

    February 4, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. rs

    Ryan clearly needs a Civics class. The fedral budget begins in the U.S. House of Representatives. You know, the place that is STILL trying to vote down the ACA, and take away a woman's legal right to choose. They have NO interest in a budget. Thay can't even do basic math!

    February 4, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. jack johnson

    Obama should put out his budget with all the budget cuts that will go into effect in 2 months, and watch the war mongering Republicans start crying about the defence spending cuts!

    February 4, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Moose

    And the followers of the bamman continue with thier excuses and blaming bush. its ok we need fodder also.

    February 4, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. critical thinking

    Since there was always a budget presented all 8 years, there would not have been any issues.

    This President is just lazy

    The Real Tom Paine

    -critical thinking

    Should have included the WH in the no budget, no pay clause..but make it no budget, no use of air force one.
    **********************
    Yes, if they had done that back when W was President, think of all the trips to Crawford that would have been prevented.

    February 4, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Martha in CF

    So when the Redumblicans say their main concerns is jobs, jobs, jobs in 2010 and it is 2013 and we still have not heard what they propose to produce more jobs--Quit your complaining and get on to solving the business of the country. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE BICKERING AND CONGRESS NOT GETTING ANYTHING DONE....

    February 4, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Marc in Texas

    Would it be too much to ask for the GOP to actually make an actual, meaningful proposal, rather than just being a bunch of worthless, do-nothing, whining crybabies? Let's recap – shall we? Number one goal of the GOP during Obama's first term (recall when he inherited the worst economy in 70 years?) – "make Obama a one-term President." That was number one. Their success rate on their agenda? Epic fail. I guess even Bobby Jindal can't persuade the Party of Dumb to "smartin' up." And it's clear that they just plain lack the competence to lead anyone anywhere – celebrating stupidity and reinforcing ignorance. These House clowns would be comical, if it weren;t for the fact that they are inflicting great harm.

    February 4, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Name

    Look at greece thats what obama is getting the u.s.a into. Wake up middle class!!! When he
    Says more revenues that means mortgage deductions and child credits. He will never have enoug

    February 4, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. illinidiva

    Ummm.. Last time I checked the Republicans have passed a budget out of the House for the last two years. You might not like their proposal, but it is a meaningful one.

    Also, governing isn't the art of the opposition shutting up and doing what the President says. Apparently, this is what the leftist posters feel it is, but since we don't live in a one-party dictatorship.. sorry. The Republicans have ever right to oppose what they feel is bad policy.

    February 4, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. IowaFarmer

    Let's see -the the article states "BY LAW the president is required......." Must be nice to pick and choose what laws to obey and what to ignore.

    February 4, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -illinidiva

    Ummm.. Last time I checked the Republicans have passed a budget out of the House for the last two years. You might not like their proposal, but it is a meaningful one.

    Also, governing isn't the art of the opposition shutting up and doing what the President says. Apparently, this is what the leftist posters feel it is, but since we don't live in a one-party dictatorship.. sorry. The Republicans have ever right to oppose what they feel is bad policy.
    *************
    And it was their duty to compromise: did the House try to compormise? Not once. There is opposition, and obstructionism. U don't know the difference.

    February 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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