A new report from Congressional Quarterly suggests that ObamaCare isn’t the only item being delayed in the White House these days. Apparently the official White House budget proposal, which is required by law to be submitted to Congress no later than the first Monday of February, is on track to be “at least a month behind” schedule:
From the CQ Morning Briefing:
WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DELAYED: The White House is said to be at least a month behind its own schedule for developing a fiscal 2015 budget, which by statute is supposed to be submitted to Congress on the first Monday in February. That will slow work on next year’s spending bills, even though the budget accord negotiated by House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., established overall discretionary spending levels.
This is hardly shocking from a White House where delays, extensions, and “that rule doesn’t apply to me” thinking has become the norm. We don’t have to go into a long dissertation about the ever mounting White House-approved delays in ObamaCare. Nor Obama’s incessant foot dragging delays of the Keystone Pipeline.
The budget situation, though, is particularly egregious. With this year’s pending failure, five of Obama’s last six budgets have been submitted late, including last year’s FY2014 proposal which was sent to Congress 65 days late. That’s more than any president since the Budget and Accounting Act was passed in 1921.