The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget more than two months late on April 8, according to congressional sources.
Pentagon officials have informed the House Armed Services Committee that the budget is coming on April 8, said Claude Chafin, a committee spokesman. A Democratic congressional source confirmed that is the planned release date.
The April release means President Obama’s budget will be nine weeks late, as it was due by law on Feb. 4, the first Monday in February.
Republicans have slammed Obama for delaying the budget so far past the deadline.
“This indicates a troubling unwillingness to lead,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said of the new delay. “It is odd to me that the president would not have a plan and want the Congress to consider it.”
“Will he ever commit himself to a plan? He has been very effective in criticizing others,” Sessions said. “The budget is so late, it doesn’t give me much confidence. It is almost like he is leading from behind even more that before. “