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Bridget Johnson


February 3, 2014 - 7:16 am

President Obama’s budget is due to Congress today.

As usual, the blueprint, which is due on the first Monday in February, is nowhere to be found.

This marks the fifth time in six years that Obama has failed to deliver a budget to Congress in time. The White House said last week that they’d have the fiscal year 2015 budget in by March 4, blaming the delay on the Ryan-Murray budget deal that passed last year and the more recent omnibus package.

Last year the budget was more than two months late, with the administration blaming that delay on the fiscal cliff deal.

“We are moving to complete the Budget as quickly as possible to help Congress return to regular order in the annual budget process,” budget office spokesman Steve Posner said in a statement.

“Less than a week after the president stood before Congress and demand action on his biggest priorities, the president failed to meet one of his most basic responsibilities – submit a budget to Congress,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said this morning.

“This continues a disturbing trend of the president failing to adhere to the laws that govern his office. Last year, I introduced a bill, ‘No Budget, No OMB Pay,’ and I urge the Majority Leader to take it up this week,” he added.

Cornyn’s bill would withhold the pay for the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Senate-approved OMB officials for every day the president’s budget is late.

“The president might want to think twice about reprimanding Congress for its failure to act, if he is unwilling to meet his own responsibilities,” the senator added.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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That's because the current administration treats budget documents as political statements, not necessary obligations to run the Federal branch of the government. They wait until the House proposes something, then issue "a response".
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