Sunday, February 10, 2013

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THINKS THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW ON COMPLYING WITH SUBMITTING A BUDGET ON TIME: HASN'T SUBMITTED A BUDGET IN FIVE YEARS


OBAMA BUDGET DUE NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 4, 2013 : SO FAR ALL THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED IS EXCUSES...The House has passed a budget every year that Obama has been in office and the Senate hasn't passed a budget since April 2009... 
SHOT: By Law (31 U.S.C. 1105), Obama Is Required To Transmit His Budget To Congress On Or After The First Monday In January But Not Later Than The First Monday In February Each Year. (31 U.S.C. § 1105, (a), p. 105)
  • “The President’s Budget Proposal Initiates The Congressional Budget Process.” “Under current law (31 U.S.C. §1105(a)), the President is responsible for developing and submitting a consolidated budget to Congress no later than the first Monday in February prior to the start of the fiscal year. …Although it is not legally binding, the President’s budget proposal initiates the congressional budget process and provides Congress with recommended spending levels for agency programs, projects, and activities funded through the annual appropriations acts and other budgetary measures.” (Michelle D. Christensen and Clinton T. Brass, “The Executive Budget Process Timetable,” Congressional Research Service, 12/5/12)
CHASER: Obama OMB Director Jeff Zients Notified House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) That The White House Will Miss Its Legal Deadline – Today - To Submit A Budget To Congress. “The White House has told House Republicans it will miss its Feb. 4 ‘deadline’ to submit a budget proposal to Congress, blaming the fiscal-cliff negotiations that dragged on at the end of 2012. ‘[B]ecause these issues were not resolved until the American Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on January 2, 2013, the Administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 Budget preparations, which will in turn delay the Budget's submission to Congress,’ Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients wrote to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in a Jan. 11 letter.” (Chris Good, “Budget ‘Deadlines’ Approach, But Who Cares?,” ABC News, 1/23/13)
  • Zients’ Letter Indicates That This Will Be The Fourth Of Obama’s Five Budgets That Have Been Submitted Late. “Obama’s first budget was delayed until May, while his second budget was delivered on time. The last two budgets were late but came in February.” (Erik Wasson, “White House Tells Paul Ryan It Won’t Meet Budget Deadline,” The Hill’s On The Money, 1/14/13) 

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