Ryan asks if Obama will meet deadline to submit a budget request this year

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanBipartisanship? It may be possible thanks to this little-known group Budowsky: GOP summer of scandal Paul Ryan loves GIFs MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday asked the White House if it will once again miss the legal deadline for submitting an annual budget to Congress.

Under the law, Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009. 

“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,” Ryan wrote in a letter to Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients. “If the Administration does not plan to meet the statutory deadline, when do you anticipate the request being made?”

ADVERTISEMENT
An administration source said this month that “no decisions” had been made on budget timing this year. 

Congress and the White House struck a budget deal on New Year’s Eve that raised taxes over 10 years and delayed a 2013 budget sequester this year by two months. The "fiscal cliff" deal has thrown a wrench into the annual budget process, sources have said, making a delay likely.


More from The Hill:
• Biden: Obama prepared to take executive action on gun control
• Obama to nominate chief of staff Lew for Treasury secretary
BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World Jordan won't run for Oversight gavel Oklahoma rep. launches long-shot bid for Oversight chair MORE-in-back-seat" mce_href="http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/276205-mcconnell-to-take-entitlement-talks-lead-boehner-in-back-seat"> • McConnell to take lead in entitlement talks, with Boehner in back seat



The budget will likely play a role in an upcoming fight over raising the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Republicans are demanding Obama propose big cuts to entitlements to offset any increase in the ceiling. Failure to raise the ceiling will cause a debt default. 

Ryan’s office says that Obama has missed the budget deadline by more than any president since the 1920s. 

His letter comes as former Obama budget director and current chief of staff Jack LewJack LewWhite House divide may derail needed China trade reform 3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure MORE is about to be tapped as Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary. 

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsEx-US attorney interviewed for FBI job: report Trump admin pitches stricter rules on ‘sanctuary cities’: report DOJ asks judge to reassess after sanctuary city update: report MORE (R-Ala.) says that Lew is unfit for the job based on allegedly misleading statements he made to the committee regarding Obama’s 2012 budget. Lew proponents say that Sessions has been taking Lew’s comments out of context.