The Washington Times - February 28, 2013, 05:22PM

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.

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“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.”