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OBAMA BUDGET TO CONGRESS MORE THAN 2 MONTHS LATE

Posted by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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On Friday, Pentagon officials informed a House committee that the President's formal budget proposal wouldn't be delivered to Congress until April 8th, more than two months past the statutory deadline. Under federal law, the President is required to submit his budget blueprint to Congress no later than the first Monday in February. President Obama has met that deadline only once. 

When asked at a press briefing Friday, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest wouldn't confirm the budget's release. "I don't have a budget date to announce to you," he said. It is telling that the White House didn't inform Congress of the delay, but left the task to budget staff at the Pentagon. 

A major part of a President's job is to manage the Executive Branch and its numerous federal agencies. The President's budget proposal is the Administration's estimation of the resources it will need to meet its mission and priorities for the coming year. Historically, the President submits his budget before Congress gets to work on a final spending plan. 

This year, however, House and Senate Budget authors will unveil their spending plans weeks ahead of President Obama. Like many other legislative deliberations, Obama will be on the sidelines. 

Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Sen. Jeff Sessions blasted the delay. “He will be submitting it after the House and Senate have produced a budget proposal and adjourned for Easter. So while the President speaks of his deep concern for American workers and families, he fails to even submit to Congress his financial plan to help those workers and families."

Since Obama took office, the government has mostly been on auto-pilot. Senate Democrats have refused for the past four years to even bring a budget plan to the floor for a vote. This inaction has caused the government to run on a series of "continuing resolutions", which simply extend all current spending, with modest increases, for a set period of time. 

As a result, there have been no real talks about prioritizing spending nor reducing or eliminating ineffective programs. It has allowed Obama and the Democrats to give lip-service to the need to cut spending, without having to provide any specific recommendations. It's budgetary shadow-boxing. 

Obama is simply uninterested in the day-to-day workload required to successfully manage the federal government. He can't even be bothered when federal law requires that he "show his work" to the nation.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM
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"A major part of a President's job is to manage the Executive Branch and its numerous federal agencies. The President's budget proposal is the Administration's estimation of the resources it will need to meet its mission and priorities for the coming year. Historically, the President submits his budget before Congress gets to work on a final spending plan. 

'He will be submitting it after the House and Senate have produced a budget proposal and adjourned for Easter.'" 

That is bogus. The president is supposed to submit his budget the first Monday in February - not to wait for Congress and the Senate to submit theirs.

I can't even delay submitting my budget at work for a day. Nine weeks? Anyone in the private sector would be fired for that.

Maybe less golf, less vacation, would have given Obama more time to do his budget.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 1:50 AM

BUMP!

29again
by Gold Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 3:08 AM
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Bogus, indeed, sally.  Seems to be par for the course these days.  (and yes, pun intended.)

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 3:16 AM

And I think that is a bogie, right?  :)


Quoting 29again:

Bogus, indeed, sally.  Seems to be par for the course these days.  (and yes, pun intended.)



29again
by Gold Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 3:23 AM
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ummm, could be!  I don't know much about golf, lol.

Quoting SallyMJ:

And I think that is a bogie, right?  :)


Quoting 29again:

Bogus, indeed, sally.  Seems to be par for the course these days.  (and yes, pun intended.)




143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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 Well, 2 months late is his best yet. His last four budgets were turned in:

1. Never

2. Never

3. Never

4. Never

Would that give him a 4 stroke handicap?

 

Are we moving forward yet?

 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I thought O turned all of his budgets late. The budgets are of the executive branch and don't depend on the Senate (like he says it does this year). They are actually inputs to the Congressional and Senate budgets.

The Senate is the one who has not submitted a budget since 2009.

You know WHY the Senate hasn't done any budgets, right? Because then the budgets revert to the 2009 one, which has built in increases (I think 5%).

As Gollum would say, "Those Senatorses are tricksy. False."

I think that is part of the reason the House agreed to the sequester. Pretty much the only way they can get cuts to spending increases.

I used to say "spending cuts", but they are not cuts from current spending, but decreases to planned budget line item increases.

I think O gets a complete handicap, in that he should be prohibited from golfing ever again during his presidency. That would save a ton of money for the sequester.

Quoting 143myboys9496:

 Well, 2 months late is his best yet. His last four budgets were turned in:

1. Never

2. Never

3. Never

4. Never

Would that give him a 4 stroke handicap?

 

Are we moving forward yet?

 



DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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He's submitted budgets before, but only once on time. I believe his last budget got 0 votes. Not even the dems could bring themselves to vote for it. That tells you how bad it was.

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Yes, it's late.  He's generally late.  This time it was all the sequester BS.

He'll beat Reagan for the tardiest budget. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Try always late.

The president is legally required to turn in his budget the first Monday of February - despite anything else going on. it is a regular calendared deadline, just like monthly budgets at private sector employers. Nothing precludes the due date of the budget. 

So you charge that Reagan turned in late presidential budgets? Source, please. 


Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Yes, it's late.  He's generally late.  This time it was all the sequester BS.

He'll beat Reagan for the tardiest budget. 



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