Obama Misses Budget Deadline, Again
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, unless the budget process is amended to enact meaningful punishment on parties who violate it, nothing else is likely to change.