With the Republican-led No Budget, No Pay Act on its way to the White House today, the Obama administration had some peculiar excuses for missing its own budget deadline.
First, the administration said the president’s budgets are popular – “overwhelmingly support” from Americans – so it’s okay if they’re late. Republican budgets, they claim, have been “highly partisan” and have “no support” (they couldn’t speak to Senate-passed budgets because, well, there haven’t been any for four years).
But that wasn’t the White House’s only defense. The Obama administration is also “blaming the uncertainty caused by ‘fiscal cliff’” for its failure to send Congress a budget on time.
Never mind that President Roosevelt managed to submit a budget by January 5, 1942 – less than a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Or that President Bush met the February 4, 2002 deadline following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Obama White House has been late on four out of five of its budgets (the most of any president). And all of them spent too much, taxed too much, and borrowed too much as our economy has continued to struggle. “If government spending does cause [economic] growth, as the president believes, we shouldn’t be having these problems,” said Speaker John Boehner.
That’s why House Republicans are urging President Obama to try a new approach this year.
The House will vote this week on the Require a PLAN Act by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) which requires the president to put together a balanced budget. “Since he’s going to miss yet another deadline, President Obama should have plenty of time to develop a budget that comes into balance,” said Rep. Price.
And while the American people wait for the Democrats running Washington to take action, the House Budget Committee will “write a budget—and submit it on time,” said Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The GOP budget will address our spending problem and promote robust job creation.
“In the past two years, we’ve offered our solutions to the country’s fiscal challenges,” said Chairman Ryan. “Now the President must do the same.” And heck, if he follows Require a PLAN – and kicks the spending, taxing, and borrowing habit – maybe the president’s next budget will get more than zero votes.