For the last nine days, we’ve been counting down to the release of the president’s budget and asking some important questions. Today, we got a few answers – and they weren’t good.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today in response to media reports on President Obama’s upcoming budget submission:

On Wednesday, we kicked off a 12-day countdown to the April 8th release of President Obama’s budget, asking a number of unanswered questions.

In a matter of 14 days, the president’s spending plan will finally – finally – come into focus, and Americans will be able to see how the president would spend their money.

Submitting an annual budget might be an afterthought to this White House – especially one that doesn’t think spending is the problem – but surely there’s a good explanation for its failure to offer one on time.

In an interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday, Speaker Boehner highlighted a statement from 180 economists who agree America’s spending problem must be addressed to help the economy grow and create jobs.

Republicans’ balanced budget will promote economic growth and expand opportunity.

In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s The Lead today, Speaker Boehner previewed this week’s House vote on a balanced budget that will help create jobs and opportunities for American families.

In an interview on The Michael Medved Show yesterday, Speaker Boehner underscored the need for a balanced budget to promote private-sector growth and job creation today, and preserve the American Dream for future generations.

A balanced budget will "help American families enjoy real prosperity and a much more secure retirement."