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White House: Sequester reason for late budget — this time

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The Obama White House, which has been late in submitting a federal budget four out of five years, on Thursday blamed the “sequester” crisis in part for failing to meet the deadline for submitting a spending plan this year.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the mandatory budget cuts due to take effect Friday have resulted in the president’s fiscal team “having to spend a lot of time dealing with those crises rather than on” the annual budget.

“But you know, that’s part of the job, and they’re working on the budget,” he said.

The Budget Act requires the president to submit a plan for taxes and spending by the first Monday in February. Mr. Obama has met the deadline only once, in 2010.

Mr. Carney said he could not provide a date when the White House will submit a budget but added, “I think it will be in March.”

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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