House Republicans introduced legislation on Tuesday that would withhold President Obama's salary any time he's late submitting a budget proposal to Congress.
The bill from Rep. Larry BucshonLarry BucshonOvernight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels CBO: Bill to block controversial Medicare change would cost 5M A dangerous experiment MORE (R-Ind.) is similar to the No Budget, No Pay Act that was signed into law earlier this year by Obama. That law requires the salaries of House or Senate members to be held in escrow if their respective chamber fails to pass a budget by April 15.
The bill's title is the President's Salary Suspended Unless Budget Measure Is On Time (SUBMIT) Act.
"American families and small businesses have to budget their resources and they deserve a budget on time from their President," Bucshon said Wednesday. "The President should be held to the same standard as the American people and Congress and this bill sends that message."
Obama has failed to submit a timely budget plan to Congress in four of the last five years. This year, the budget is particularly late — the administration has said it would submit its 2014 budget proposal in early April, missing the deadline by about two months.
The Democratic Senate has not considered a budget in nearly four years, although it is looking to pass one as early as next week, which is when the House plans to pass its budget. In light of this schedule, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTop GOP senator warns of weekend work on Trump nominees Overnight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Mnuchin: Tax reform shouldn't add to the deficit MORE (R-Ky.) said Obama's late budget submission would be irrelevant at best or even disruptive, because it will come several weeks after both chambers started their work.
Bucshon's bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Dan BenishekDan BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire MORE (R-Mich.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).
— This story was updated at 11:47 a.m.