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Obama Misses Budget Deadline, Again

Posted By Ashton Ellis On January 14, 2013 @ 6:58 pm In posts | Comments Disabled

The Hill [1] provides the text of a letter [2] sent by the White House Office of Management and Budget to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In it, the OMB’s Deputy Director for Management blames the late resolution of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations for causing the White House to violate the law by missing the February 4 deadline for submitting a budget to Congress.

But as The Hill notes, that excuse is nonsense when considered in light of the Obama Administration’s record on budgets:

Under the law, President Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009.

Left out of that tidy little summation is the fact that the House Republicans have never failed to pass a budget resolution during the entire time Obama has been president.

The failure of Washington to “work” in the Obama Era is not a failure of substance; both parties are relatively clear about their policy visions.  What’s grinding the system to a halt is the liberal disregard of legal procedures like statutorily defined deadlines.  Throw out the rules, and suddenly no one knows how to play the game.  As I said last week [3], unless the budget process is amended to enact meaningful punishment on parties who violate it, nothing else is likely to change.

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URLs in this post:

[1] The Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/276969-obama-budget-delayed-again-white-house-tells-paul-ryan

[2] text of a letter: http://thehill.com/images/stories/news/2013/01_january/ltr_to_hbc_chair_ryan_on_budget.pdf

[3] said last week: http://cfif.org/v/freedom_line_blog/16916/amend-budget-act-not-constitution-to-cut-spending/

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