Once again, President Obama’s budget for the federal government will be late.
The White House said Thursday that Mr. Obama will deliver his fiscal 2015 spending plan on March 4, one month late. By law, the president is supposed to submit a budget to Congress on the first Monday in February.
Mr. Obama has only met that deadline once since taking office in 2009. Last year, he delivered his proposed budget on April 8, more than two months late.
A White House official said the budget has been delayed by the two-year budget deal that Congress passed in December, and by the $1.1 trillion spending bill that was passed this month.
“Now that Congress has finished its work on this year’s appropriations, the administration is able to finalize next year’s budget,” said Steve Posner, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. “We are moving to complete the budget as quickly as possible to help Congress return to regular order in the annual budget process.”
Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican and a member of the House Budget Committee, criticized Mr. Obama for yet another delay.
“This is another sad reminder of just how unserious this president is about tackling our nation’s fiscal challenges, and I hope this does not signal a return to years past where Senate Democrats fail to pass a budget plan at all,” Mrs. Black said.