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. just askin

    takin bets on whether obama gets even one vote for his budget this year... 4 years, no votes, even from his own party. a perfect record of failure.

    February 4, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Moose

    Ill go thru the budget line by line , sound famailar i guess he flunked math at harvard , campaigning is more important

    February 4, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Tom

    Where's Karl Rove when you need him? The Republican party has to put an end to this whine du jour mentality or they're going to just keep shooting themselves in the foot.

    February 4, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Randy

    Wheres mendez ????

    February 4, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. cbp

    When the Republicans begin to really read the President's budget then they can complain. Rep. Ryan has certainly not read any else's budget because he is only interested in the budget he has prepared. His budget necessitates cuts to so many programs that there will be very little left to be paid for by the federal government. The programs will be given back to the states which will not pay either. IT will be up to property tax payers in the towns and cities to pay for these programs and our taxes will skyrocket.

    Just who is it that does not understand budgets. Perhaps it is because Mr. Ryan has spent his adult life working in Washington for governmental programs, cabinet members and now as a Congressman that he does not understand what is happening outside of the beltway.. His participation in the last election did not give him any clues as to why the Republican ticket lost.

    February 4, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Logic N LA

    yes, because wasting yet more time on a vote rahter than coming up with constuctive fixes for our problems is what the House needs to be doing. when do we start fining them for stupid actions?

    February 4, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. LibParrots

    No regulatory agenda, no budgets, NO SURPRISE! Bend over America, here comes the hope and change!

    February 4, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Chris

    These guys have to get over their myopic view of Govt. The American people have spoken and they are more concerned with jobs and the economy than they are with the Republican's debt and numbers Fetishes.

    February 4, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ----------------
    Wait a second. If Republicans want to make a lot of noise over another late budget, then it will only draw attention to the fact that their narrative for the past few years has been that Pres. Obama has never turned in a budget to the Congress.

    February 4, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Mr. Ryan should really join some organized religion organization, rather than making a joke out of himself in politics.
    Preferably in the deep south.
    He could be a great new "Brother Swaggert". He has all the talents required. Lying, cheating, bullshitting, confusing and
    best of all, losing.

    February 4, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. 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.

    February 4, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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.
    -------------------------------------------------
    The above is a Republican speaking.
    You can't make these people up.

    February 4, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Since the House has never presented a serious counter-proposal that has a prayer of passing the Senate, I don't expect anything to change. Why bother submitting a budget to the House when you know they have no intention of following or funding any of your priorities, or where it can be filibustered or have amendments and riders attached in the Senate by the freeloading Right?

    February 4, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. REGinAZ

    The trouble with Karl Rove, his cohorts and the Tea Party, which was originated, funded and greatly excited to deceptively just serve the interests of the few, is they all neglect to be responsible to the people and just focus on the self-interests of “the money”, their strong supporters and masters. Any doubt can be dispelled just by checking history and reviewing their actions, including understanding the total concentration of Bush-Cheney and of all the other “puppet” politicians, and recognizing their constant push to make this country into a two-class society with the few constantly feeding their insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite, by egotistically competing in having it all while the majority continually looses. When is enough ever enough – for them, never! It is neither about being more liberal, and then taking from the wealthy to give to others, nor about increased taxes for the majority, those things represent the propaganda they use to disguise the reality, the reality is that they don’t want a level playing field and want everything to always be weighted to be of advantage for them. The truth is obvious to anyone who can be objective and rational, who can reject their extensive propaganda and their aggressive efforts to con the people and manipulate public opinion. Common sense is the majority’s ally, if they can just stay logical and use it.

    February 4, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. 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. But,. of course its ok to do everything on the taxpayer's dime when the worthless scion of a one-termer is in office, and not someone who has actually lived the American dream.

    February 4, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. JonnySW

    I do find it amusing/disturbing that they're demanding a 10 year "fix everything!" plan, when their own guy presented a 25 year one. Isn't that sort of saying, "Yeah, we can't figure out how to do it in 10, so you have to do it'?

    February 4, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Name

    why should he? congress will
    just peetend its meaningless.
    they are the ones who vote
    for stuff and then cry debt limit
    being exceeded by their vote.

    February 4, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. KenneyP of Colorado

    Congress has an I obligation to pass an annual budget yet instead pass only stopgap temporary budgets the last few years. Threatening to shut down the government and allowing us to default on our debts till they get what they want. Now they want to jump all over the President when GOP house can't do their job.

    February 4, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. 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?

    February 4, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    This from the people who literally proposed a budget that was no longer than a vacation resort brochure and contained mostly pictures? GOP/Teatrolls: if there's a way to behaver in a totally hypocritical, disingenuous manner on an issue, you can bet your left arm that they'll find it.

    February 4, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Since WHEN has a republican EVER been a conservative?"

    Whenever a Dem wins the WH and at least aprt of Congress.

    February 4, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. ghostriter

    Conservatives....how could you have missed this opportunity to bring up impeachment proceedings? This is a clear cut case of Obama breaking the law. He should be arrested...

    Is what I would say if I was a nutcase. Otherwise, I'd laugh at republicans plan to vote on a bill requiring the president to produce a budget that balances the budget in 10 years when the budget plan they have been campaigning on the past two years wasn't able to do it in 25.

    February 4, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "takin bets on whether obama gets even one vote for his budget this year... 4 years, no votes, even from his own party. a perfect record of failure."

    Go take a flying leap. No POTUS has ever had his budget as proposed voted on and that vote was entirely forced by the GOP/Teatrolls just to create the kabuki theater of it all and give themselves the ridiculous talking point you just regurgitated.

    February 4, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. David Ralston

    So, if we don't file our 1040s by the April 15th deadline, we can simply tell the IRS to focus on substance rather than deadlines and we won't be subject to penalties?

    February 4, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Rick in OP

    The last two Obama budgets were voted down in the Democratically controlled Senate 95-0 and 97-0. Maybe he will get one vote this time.

    February 4, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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