- The Washington Times - Monday, February 2, 2015

President Obama’s tax-and-spend budget for fiscal 2016 is unpopular with the GOP, but at least it’s on time this year.

By submitting his spending plan Monday, Mr. Obama met the legal deadline set by the Budget Act for only the second time in his presidency. In 2010, he also submitted a timely budget on the first Monday in February.

Last year, the president introduced his budget on March 4, nearly one month late.

Republicans have criticized the president’s tardy budgets, but this year they are focused on his proposed tax increases.

“I had hoped to congratulate President Obama on finally delivering a budget to Congress by the legal deadline for the first time in five years, but this proposal isn’t really a budget at all — it is a messaging piece,” said Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican. “This so-called budget ignores both the reality of our already crippling $18 trillion national debt and of a new Republican majority in Washington that will not allow this laughable tax-and-spend proposal to pass.”

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