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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.

by on Mar. 10, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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by Ruby Member on Mar. 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I am referring the one submitted in 2009 - which would be the 2009-2010 budget.

So Obama has submitted the following budgets:

1) Due Feb. 2009 - for 2009-2010 - late 98 days

2) Due Feb. 2010 - for 2010-2011 - 

3) Due Feb. 2011 - for 2011 - 2012 - late

4) Due Feb. 2012 - for 2012 - 2013- late

5) Due Feb. 2013 - for 2013 - 2014 - late 62 days (projected - could be longer)

Quoting DSamuels:

The article I posted said he would surpass Reagan if he went into April, so I don't think the figure for 2009 is correct. Bush submitted the 2009 budget before he left office. If Obama did his own for that year he would not have been sworn in until January making time shorter.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Reagan - once (1988)

Obama 5 out of 5 (2009, 20010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Lateness grand prize record of all US history: 98 days (2009). This year (2013) - 62 days (projected - likely longer).

And  the Senate hasn't passed a budget since 2009.

Quoting DSamuels:

Apparently Reagan was 45 days late. Obama may break that record. I didn't see where Reagan was late more than once though.

From the NYT:

President Obama? Yes, and Republicans are not happy about it. But before him there was President Ronald Reagan, who exactly a quarter-century ago sent his budget to Congress 45 days late, citing the disruptions and data changes forced by the late-1987 deficit reduction deal that he had negotiated with Democrats, who controlled Congress.

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