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President’s FY 2014 Budget Likely to be Delayed

January 11, 2013—The continued uncertainty related to the so-called fiscal cliff likely will delay the release of President Obama’s FY 2014 budget, perhaps into March.

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Jan. 9 sent a letter  to Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeffrey Zients asking “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?”  The letter continues, ‘[A] delay in the budget submission of the President’s budget request affects Congress’s ability to carry out its budget duties.”

Neither the White House nor OMB has indicated when the budget will be released. By law, the budget is due on Capitol Hill by the first Monday in February, which this year is Feb. 4.

Many observers believe this year’s budget will arrive late, primarily as a result of ongoing uncertainty over the fiscal cliff.  In addition, Congress has not agreed on final spending levels for the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2012.  The government is operating on a continuing resolution (CR) that expires March 27.

The White House reportedly is about five weeks behind in putting together the FY 2014 budget.  Federal agencies have not yet received the administration’s decisions — known as passbacks — on their individual budget requests, which usually occurs in late November.


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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