Further complicating the president’s fiscal woes, the White House has delayed the release of its budget update. The update, initially planned for mid-July, is expected to show higher deficits and contrast the rosy forecast the administration released in February.
The release has been postponed until at least after Congress takes its summer break in early August.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday dismissed as “silly” any suggestion from reporters that the delay was abnormal, saying it’s happened because of “the transition of moving people in and out of their former and current jobs.”
He also noted that President George W. Bush did not release his budget update until Aug. 22 and President Clinton’s first review was released Sept. 1.