White House: Budget likely in early April


The White House confirmed Tuesday that their budget would likely come the week of April 8, two months after the deadline mandated by law.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the administration would "probably put out the budget the week of April 8" at his daily press briefing. It was the first time the White House has explicitly acknowledged the planned release, although congressional aides said last week that the White House was targeting April 8.

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On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (R-Wisc.) released his budget, which cut $5.7 trillion over the next decade to reach a balance. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump to sign 'right to try' drug bill next week Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program MORE (D-Wash.) also outlined her competing budget proposal, which includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.

The president's budget typically precedes proposals from Congress, and is expected in the first week in February. This is the third consecutive year that Obama has missed that deadline.

On Tuesday, Carney defended the White House's delay, which has drawn jeers from congressional Republicans.

"Our fiscal challenges are important, and our budget priorities are very important, but the American people expects us to be working on all of them," Carney said.

He also dismissed criticism from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (R-Ky.), who said Tuesday that the president's plan to submit a budget in April would be equivalent to dropping a "bomb" on the legislative process.

"Rather than helping to lead Congress toward a reasonable outcome, it appears the president is happy to drop the bomb on the congressional budget process instead, by releasing his budget plan after — after — the House and Senate have already acted," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The president should send over his budget now, not next week, or next month, but today, so both sides can consider it at a time when it might be helpful, rather than destructive, to the entire process."

Brendan Buck, spokesman for Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE's (R-Ohio), also responded to the budget announcement from the White House.

“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. Clearly he doesn’t take seriously the threat that this mountain of debt poses to our economy and future generations of Americans,” Buck said.

Carney said Republicans were likely to complain about whenever Obama released his budget.

"I have no doubt that any time the president introduces his budget, that perhaps Sen. McConnell... will say it was wildly inconvenient that day or that week or that month," Carney said.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.