White House to Paul Ryan: Yeah, about that budget deadline…

posted at 1:11 pm on January 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Every year, the White House is required by law to submit the president’s budget plan to Congress by the first Monday in February. While it is common for administrations to miss the date in their first year, the Obama administration has only managed to meet that simple, regular deadline once — a record for which The Most Transparent Administration, Evah evidently has no plans for improvement.

Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan queried the White House on whether they had any intention of getting him a budget proposal in a timely fashion: “Given the critical importance of addressing our nation’s fiscal problems, I am writing to ask whether the President will submit his budget request this year on or before February 4 as required by law… If the Administration does not plan to meet the statutory deadline, when do you anticipate the request being made?” Womp, womp:

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the President’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said.

“Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting ‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’” the aide said. …

Ryan’s office says that Obama has missed the budget deadline by more than any president since the 1920s.  Obama’s first budget was delayed until May, while his second budget was delivered on time. The last two budgets were late but came in February.

Meh — who really cares anyway, right? President Obama’s budget was unanimously rejected last year, and the Senate hasn’t actually bothered to pass one of those pesky ol’ budget resolutions since, oh… 2009, I believe? I’m sure taking the time to craft a lawful budget would be mildly inconvenient in highlighting all of that trillion-dollar deficit spending we’ve been doing, which is apparently the fault of Congress and Congress alone, anyways.

The term “fundamentally unserious” springs to mind.


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Who cares. The President’s budget will be written in crayon and just say that we’re spending 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 more dollars and raising taxes on the wealthy to “pay for it.”

njrob on January 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Budget?
Where we’re going, we don’t need no stinkin’ budget.

Jeffster on January 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Who cares. Obama is awesome.

/

Good Lt on January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

It’s all Monopoly money to these idiots, anyway.

Aizen on January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

no budget no spendy, capiche?

DanMan on January 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The White House doesn’t submit a budget in compliance with the law. Harry Reid’s Senate doesn’t pass a budget in compliance with the law. David Gregory can wave a 30 round magazine in violation of the law and not be prosecuted.

Why should any of us obey the law anymore?

rbj on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Fourth time in five years.

Zero consequences.

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

It’s all Monopoly money to these idiots, anyway.

Aizen on January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Pretty soon, it’s going to be Monopoly money for the rest of us also.

Rebar on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

You know, if only a mainstream alternative to the MSM would actually report important stuff like this. Too bad that there isn’t one…

beatcanvas on January 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

This is why laws need teeth. Amend the law to say “if the white house doesn’t release a budget, the Treasury Secretary will go to jail for 1 year.”

Mohonri on January 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

While it is common for administrations to miss the date in their first year, the Obama administration has only managed to meet that simple, regular deadline once

C’mon, give him a break. He’s been busy campaigning for the last 4 years.

tommer74 on January 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Why should any of us obey the law anymore?

rbj on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

To demonstrate the distinct difference between us and them. THe presence of a conscience and a soul.

CycloneCDB on January 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The WH and the senate are law breakers, criminals.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

President Obama’s budget was unanimously rejected last year, and the Senate hasn’t actually bothered to pass one of those pesky ol’ budget resolutions since, oh… 2009,

and again:

President Obama’s budget was unanimously rejected last year, and the Senate hasn’t actually bothered to pass one of those pesky ol’ budget resolutions since, oh… 2009,

’nuff said.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Who cares. Obama is awesome.

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Good Lt on January 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

You’re first time should be with someone “special”.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

This is why laws need teeth. Amend the law to say “if the white house doesn’t release a budget, the Treasury Secretary will go to jail for 1 year.”

Mohonri on January 14, 2013 at 1:19 P

nope … a member of the administration picked by the budget chairman
recvs 20 lashes with a cat of nine tails …
and another 20 lashes every month there after …

conservative tarheel on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Hold him in contempt.

portlandon on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The term “fundamentally unserious” springs to mind.

Much less family-friendly terms spring to my mind.

Somebody needs to sit the rat-eared wonder down and walk him through the Schoolhouse Rock episode where they discuss the legislative process. I’d also suggest a review of Conjunction Junction but that may be too advanced for a lazy Havard-educated idiot who drops the final “g” off of words like thinkin’, doin’, and workin’ when he is speaking (or is that speakin’)to the legions of low-information Americans (aka morons).

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Who cares? Frank Luntz thinks the dummies in the land want you to weigh your words. The sissies’ sensitivies are affected.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Everything is going according to plan – perfectly.

G one
O ff
P lanet

SD Tom on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Every year, the White House is required by law to submit the president’s budget plan to Congress by the first Monday in February.

What is this thing called ” law” you speak of so often ?

burrata on January 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Welcome to Whose Line where everything is made up and the points don’t matter. Yup. The points are like laws to the Obama Administration. They just don’t matter.

The Rogue Tomato on January 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Don’t you pissants hold up my spending spree and by the way no budget either, and, its your fault.

Speakup on January 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Why should any of us obey the law anymore?

rbj on January 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Because we can’t get away with breaking it. We’re peons. They’re rulers and media personalities.

The Rogue Tomato on January 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

This is why laws need teeth. Amend the law to say “if the white house doesn’t release a budget, the Treasury Secretary President and Vice President will go to jail for 1 year.”

Mohonri on January 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Fixed. How awesome would that be?

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Hold him in contempt.

portlandon on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Oh! I’ve held him in contempt for over four years now!

Seriously, this is posturing and not the battle we need to be fighting. It is likely that whatever is submitted will be equally unserious as last year’s budget. It is also likely that Harry Reid will just throw it on the budget pile and move on to calling Republicans names for being such obstructionists (defined as not doing what the radical left wants).

The battle needs to be over the debt ceiling and the filthy rat-eared wonder’s attempt today to make the claim that this has nothing to do with his massive spending. I say this in all honesty. The GOP should let the government shut down and let some of the parasites try and survive when that government check doesn’t arrive on time and the supply of malt liquor and cigarettes starts dwindling. When the food stamp money runs out and the Obamaphone gets turned off. The bastard said we all need to feel some pain, well it is time for that parasites, moochers, takers, and other dregs of society to feel the pain. Because, it is the parasites that will feel the pain first and hardest.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Doesn’t matter any more.

0bama has brought an unprecedented lawlessness to our government.

Our government has gone rogue.

Were Jefferson alive, I fully believe that he would be organizing the other Founding Fathers and telling them, “now is the time to invoke my 19-year recommendation.”

cane_loader on January 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The rest of the world should be quaking.

The government of the United States, which was a force of global stability due to its fundamental reliance on the rule of law, has gone rogue….

It’s now a large, slavering, dog stumbling down Main Street, with the first foam of rabies evident.

cane_loader on January 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

To use another metaphor:

This is your government.

This is your government on bath salts.

cane_loader on January 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Frank Luntz thinks the dummies in the land want you to weigh your words. The sissies’ sensitivies are affected.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Yeah, the parasites, moochers, takers, and worthless human beings of society get upset when you call them what they are. We are supposed to pretend that they have value and contribute to society when they are nothing but mouth-breathing breeders for the socialist left. I can’t think of one reason to treat them with respect after they’ve done to this nation what OWS protesters were doing to police cars.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM

The Obama Campaign is too busy paying our bills and being responsible to be bothered with an old fashioned budget.

forest on January 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Too bad the press was AWOL from Spanky’s press conference this morning.

Someone should have asked him, “Mr. President, it has been 4 years since Senate Democrats have passed a budget as required by law. Do you and the Democratic majority in the Senate intend to pass a budget this year, or will you continue to violate federal law?”

See? It’s really not that hard to be a real journalist. No fancy degree required, just some genuine intellectual honesty.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

It’s past time for conservatives to let go of the unsupportable fallacy that the GOP has any interest whatsoever in cutting the budget or shrinking government.

We’re the real Charlie Brown’s in this set piece.

ElectricPhase on January 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

He doesn’t want to put a gun to the head of the people

cmsinaz on January 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Ryan ought to respond by passing caretaker budgets: only the most vital agencies get funded (DoD, FBI, Social Security, etc) while everything else (DoE, HUD, etc) gets shut down until they get a budget from Obama. Oh, and don’t pay those government workers for time they didn’t work during the shutdown. With the paychecks of government workers at risk, Obama would have no choice but to come up with something.

nerdbert on January 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Who will be the first politician to call for a Million Rifle March on Washington? There will be mass evacuations in D.C., I bet.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

so what if we have laws, or a Constitution. Makes no difference to liberals. And the GOP does NOT have the balls to do anything about it…… Anybody who says we are not on the downslope to the third word status that obama the liar wants, is deluding themselves. Better learn Farsi.

ultracon on January 14, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Who will be the first politician to call for a Million Rifle March on Washington? There will be mass evacuations in D.C., I bet.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Can one carry a long weapon in DC?

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Who will be the first politician to call for a Million Rifle March on Washington? There will be mass evacuations in D.C., I bet.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Can one carry a long weapon in DC?

Washington Nearsider on January 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

There are plenty many things that one cannot do in DC, but a million can.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Aren’t they accountable to someone? Anyone?

gophergirl on January 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

On the upside today…. my daughter just got her weapons carry permit!

ultracon on January 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

With the paychecks of government workers at risk, Obama would have no choice but to come up with something.

nerdbert on January 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Oh he’ll come up with ‘ something”.
This is Idi Amin we are talking about.

burrata on January 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

This had to be the icing on the stupidity that is Obama “press conferences.” His statements — allll of them — were ridiculous, contrary to reality and to his own voting record, just outrageously absurd. It is frightening that such a person as this is in the US Presidency.

Lourdes on January 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

It seems like no one has filled the empty chair in Washington.

Fleuries on January 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

There are plenty many things that one cannot do in DC, but a million can.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Unless your name is David Gregory, then you can pretty much do whatever you want.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Aren’t they accountable to someone? Anyone?

Ultimately the voters. If a vast majority of voters demanded CONgress act as CONgress should, and seriously threatened and acted on the removal of those warming seats in DC, things would be done.

Its obvious too few voters care enough about lighting the fire under our Imperial CONgress to get it to do what it should.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

As usual, Obama is trying to keep his hands clean.

Obama’s objective is to delay his budget until the responsible Ryan introduces his, so that the White House can demonize Republicans.

Reno_Dave on January 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Who cares? Frank Luntz thinks the dummies in the land want you to weigh your words. The sissies’ sensitivies are affected.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Mediocrity has become supreme. The acceptance-nay, embracing-of this lawless regime is proof enough.

totherightofthem on January 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Who will be the first politician to call for a Million Rifle March on Washington? There will be mass evacuations in D.C., I bet.

Bammy’s got guns and ammo issued to various Federal agencies and departments, and armed drones to deal with a Million Rifle March on Washington if it appears threatening enough.

You can bet most of our lefty politicians and top ranking bureaucrats would be way out at the front of those evacuations.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Paul Ryan? LOLZ

Mr. Arrogant on January 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Ultimately the voters. If a vast majority of voters demanded CONgress act as CONgress should, and seriously threatened and acted on the removal of those warming seats in DC, things would be done.

Its obvious too few voters care enough about lighting the fire under our Imperial CONgress to get it to do what it should.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I am so angry that we have 4 more years of this. I never thought I would see a President who goes against his oath of office on a daily basis and no one cares.

SIGH – rant over.

gophergirl on January 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Unless your name is David Gregory, then you can pretty much do whatever you want.

UltimateBob on January 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

That’s because certain Democrat populations use to threaten city riots if their desires are not met. Until conservatives learn to do same, and occasionally follow up with action (despite initial wave of repercussions and arrests), Democrats will have absolute monopoly on lawlessness and impunity.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

And the treasonous media full of Obama stenographers plays right along. Ugh.

This would be comical if the future of this country wasn’t at stake.

Common Sense Floridian on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

And the treasonous media full of Obama stenographers plays right along. Ugh.

This would be comical if the future of this country wasn’t at stake.

Common Sense Floridian on January 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

The state media would be irrelevant if it were not for the nitwits that continue to view/listen to it. Sayin’

Mr. Arrogant on January 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I’m waiting for dear leader to claim we’re a nation of laws not men one more time. Come on, Champ, I know you got it on the teleprompter. What a joke of a govt we’ve got. I’d laugh but they’ve probably outlawed that and I just haven’t been informed.

Kissmygrits on January 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Bammy’s got guns and ammo issued to various Federal agencies and departments, and armed drones to deal with a Million Rifle March on Washington if it appears threatening enough.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Shy of CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and possibly DHS, most federal workers are about as experienced with guns as I am with a violin, and regular police will think twice before stepping in front of a peaceful but *ARMED* crowd – they might realize that once a first nightstick lands, they are unlikely to make it out of there alive. Obama will either have to listen, or employ the Army to stop the marching people – and if the Army actually follows that order, the country is irreversibly done for.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

No.. Barry just likes spending other people’s money.

And on a superficial note, Paul Ryan looks extra adorable when he is all serious and concerned about the nation’s finances.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Somebody needs to sit the rat-eared wonder down and walk him through the Schoolhouse Rock episode where they discuss the legislative process. I’d also suggest a review of Conjunction Junction but that may be too advanced for a lazy Havard-educated idiot who drops the final “g” off of words like thinkin’, doin’, and workin’ when he is speaking (or is that speakin’)to the legions of low-information Americans (aka morons).

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

What are you talkin’ about, Nomad? He’s busy Presidentin’ and Decreein’ and Spendin’ and such.

‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’” the aide said.

Translation: As soon as you idiots get out of our way, let go of the purse strings and quit obstructing ‘progress’, we’ll tell you we ae thinking about submitting a budget…Bwahahahahahahahahah!

ghostwalker1 on January 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

A real simple approach aimed at the low information voter group.

Ryan – “We simply can’t raise the debt limit until the President submits his budget. We are wanting to work w/ him – he won the election primarily b/c his economic approach, but there is absolutely nothing we can do until he tells us in writing what he wants. He already got his tax increase that 80% of Americans have sustained w/ this week’s paychecks. Now, we need to see how he wants to spend it.”

gonnjos on January 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

It’s really quite simple. If the Congress is not required by law to wait for the President’s budget, then Ryan should politely present a drop-dead date to the White House, after which work will proceed without its input…

bandarlog on January 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Obama will either have to listen, or employ the Army to stop the marching people – and if the Army actually follows that order, the country is irreversibly done for.

Barry have to listen? Sadly, a better bet would be that some in the Army would be willing to follow such an order from their glorious leader and messiah.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

gonnjos If it is a political tactic, then it is actually smart. However, I think that Ryan isn’t going to get anywhere near the debt ceiling fight; it doesn’t help him politically.

Illinidiva on January 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Meh. This still falls in the Strongly Worded Letter category. Ryan should have set a deadline of “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Christien on January 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Barry have to listen? Sadly, a better bet would be that some in the Army would be willing to follow such an order from their glorious leader and messiah.

hawkeye54 on January 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Barry doesn’t listen because he doesn’t have to. He’s protected by the media wall from any responsibility. An armed crowd, on the other hand, may remind him of certain past times – does “Marie Antoinette” or “Independence War” ring a bell? – when the proles become hard to ignore.

In any case, I have no doubt that he will order the Army to intervene. Then, the key question becomes whether the Army obeys.

Archivarix on January 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Yeah whatever…

My question is what is Ryan and other high profile GOPers gonna do about it? Shrug it off? Or maybe, just maybe, actually put the Dems on the hot seat?

Who are we kidding? Obama has done it for 4 years cause the GOP has let him play this game without consequence.

lucyvanpelt on January 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

In fairness, while FY2010 budget wasn’t submitted until May 2009, bear in mind that they didn’t bother signing Bush’s FY2009 bill into law until the end of March, when it was sufficiently loaded with additional congressional spending to bloat the deficit to over a trillion.

The Schaef on January 14, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Why isn’t Ryan on TV talking about this???

PattyJ on January 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

no budget no spendy, capiche?

DanMan on January 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Boehner & Co. need to grow a pair and tell Obama and Reid that the debt ceiling will NOT be raised until a budget with serious spending cuts is submitted to Congress, and if that results in a Government shutdown, so be it.

Steve Z on January 14, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Shy of CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and possibly DHS, most federal workers are about as experienced with guns as I am with a violin,

But Barky’s very good at fiddlin’ while America burns, or goes broke!

Steve Z on January 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the President’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said

White House to Paul Ryan: Yeah, about that budget deadline…
posted at 1:11 pm on January 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Every year, the White House is required by law to submit the president’s budget plan to Congress by the first Monday in February. While it is common for administrations to miss the date in their first year, the Obama administration has only managed to meet that simple, regular deadline once — a record for which The Most Transparent Administration, Evah evidently has no plans for improvement.

Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan queried the White House on whether they had any intention of getting him a budget proposal in a timely fashion: “Given the critical importance of addressing our nation’s fiscal problems, I am writing to ask whether the President will submit his budget request this year on or before February 4 as required by law… If the Administration does not plan to meet the statutory deadline, when do you anticipate the request being made?” Womp, womp:

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the President’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said.

“Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting ‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’” the aide said. …

Ryan’s office says that Obama has missed the budget deadline by more than any president since the 1920s. Obama’s first budget was delayed until May, while his second budget was delivered on time. The last two budgets were late but came in February.
Meh — who really cares anyway, right? President Obama’s budget was unanimously rejected last year, and the Senate hasn’t actually bothered to pass one of those pesky ol’ budget resolutions since, oh… 2009, I believe? I’m sure taking the time to craft a lawful budget would be mildly inconvenient in highlighting all of that trillion-dollar deficit spending we’ve been doing, which is apparently the fault of Congress and Congress alone, anyways

…THE MEDIA!…DOING THEIR JOB…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This all gets Paul Ryan some TV time….but unfortunately for Ryan he have risen to your highest level in national politics…you had your shot (Tip: next time spend more time getting the vote out) any more TV time is not going to propel you to higher office.

albill on January 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Here’s a reality everyone must understand. . . . the only people that suffer and pay for the idiocy of Obama, Boehner, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of these moronic politicians are the the working middle class and low income retirees. Obama acts tough and the middle class suffers . . . what a great leader. This country is going straight to hell but worse than that, it’s a sick joke that is controlled by narcissistic, self serving zealots.

rplat on January 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

What’s budget anyway?

CW on January 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM

If by the 4th of February “NO BUDGET” then on the 5th we march. The President and the Senate are in contempt of the laws they have passed.

If necessary remove by force. First give them the opertunity to resign.

This has gone on long enough. If “We The People” do not take action this time, be prepared to give up all hope.

jpcpt03 on January 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM