FY2014 Budget Request Delayed to April?

FY2014 Budget Request Delayed to April?

President Obama should have submitted his FY2014 budget request to Congress in February, but the latest rumor is that it will be delayed until the first week of April.

By law, the budget request is supposed to be sent to Congress on the first Monday in February — this year, that would have been February 4.  The White House informed Congress that it would not meet that date, but still has not officially announced when it will be released.

Some press reports had been saying that March 25 would be the date, but today The Hill newspaper says the Department of Defense (DOD) budget, at least, won’t be ready then, either.   Instead, the new date is April 8.

Ordinarily the budgets for all agencies are submitted at the same time.  It is possible that DOD’s could be earlier or later than others, but until the White House makes an official announcement, April 8 is the best date available.

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in recess from March 25-April 5 for Easter, so in that sense the difference between March 25 and April 8 (the Monday they return) seems less dramatic, but congressional staff and a legion of organizations and lobbyists are anxiously awaiting information on what the FY2014 budget may bring. 

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