David Jackson at USA Today reports:
House Republicans proposed a budget on Tuesday.
Senate Democrats are putting up a proposed budget on Wednesday.
President Obama’s proposed budget? Still pending.
The White House budget, normally unveiled in February, probably won’t arrive until April because of what Obama aides call the uncertainties generated by congressional battles over the “fiscal cliff” and the sequester.
The president will put forward a budget “probably the week of April 8,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest earlier said that “the budget has been delayed because of some of the impediments, frankly, to formulating a budget that have been thrown in the path of those who are working on it.”
Congressional Republicans point out that the White House is reversing the traditional budget process of more than 90 years by allowing Congress to propose plans first.
“Rather than helping lead Congress toward a reasonable outcome, it appears the president is happy to drop a bomb on the congressional budget process instead by releasing his budget plan after the House and Senate have acted,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said “it’s understandable that the president would be embarrassed to release a budget that never balances, but there is no excuse for this unprecedented delay and failure of leadership.”
White House officials said Obama will work with lawmakers of both parties on the various budget proposals, seeking consensus on ways to reduce the federal debt and stimulate the economy.
“The president will outline — again, through the budget process — his priorities, economic priorities and policy priorities, both in deficit reduction and in economic growth and job creation,” Carney said.
Aides said this year’s budget has faced obstacles that included the fracas over the so-called fiscal cliff, a series of tax hikes and budget cuts that were to have taken effect Jan. 1, but were headed off by a last-minute agreement between the White House and Congress.
That deal also delayed the sequester, $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that were set to take effect March 1 — and did so after the parties failed to reach an alternative debt reduction agreement.