WASHINGTON, February 6 -
Mr. Speaker, Groundhog Day has come and gone.
The little fella did not see his shadow, and once again, Congress saw no budget from the White House.
That's right, MS, for the fourth time in five years this Administration has missed its legally required deadline to submit a budget.
The Budget Act of 1974 says: ``On or after the first Monday in January but not later than the first Monday in February of each year, the President shall submit a budget of the United States Government for the following fiscal year.''
But once again the White House ignores laws it doesn't like.
Ironically, the Administration missed the legal deadline the same day that the ``No Budget No Pay'' act was signed into law.
That law freezes pay for Members of Congress unless we pass our own budget by April 15.
Last year, the President's tardy budget failed to receive a single vote in either Chamber.
So what's the plan now?
Show us the budget.
Your move, Mr. President.
And that's just the way it is.