Bonner casts vote for ‘Require a Plan Act’

Published 8:20 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2013

United States Rep. Jo Bonner, R – Alabama, is pushing President Obama to transmit his budget for 2014 to Congress by casting his vote for the “Require a Plan Act.”

The act (HR 444) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 253-167, according to information released late in the day.

“The President of the United States is required by law to transmit to Congress his budget on or after the first Monday in January but not later than the first Monday in February,” Bonner said.  “That deadline has come and gone and we are still waiting on the president’s fiscal 2014 budget.”

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Bonner said tardy budgets have become the norm during the Obama administration, adding they have also added to the country’s deficit.

“Not only has the president failed to submit his new budget on time, but he has done so four out of five times since first taking office,” Bonner said. “When his budgets have arrived on Capitol Hill, they have been consistently lopsided, adding trillions of dollars in debt and deficits for the foreseeable future.”

Bonner also pointed a finger at the Senate saying they too have acted with fiscal irresponsibility.

“Meanwhile, the Democrat-led Senate has failed to even pass a budget plan of its own in nearly four years,” he said. “Given the White House and Senate’s disregard for submitting responsible budgets on time, it is no wonder that federal debt has risen by nearly $6 trillion since 2009.”

Bonner also referenced the House’s “No Budget, No Pay Act,” which was passed in January, in part, to suspend the possibility of a government shutdown.

“Just as the House passed the ‘No Budget, No Pay Act’ last month to push the Senate to finally do its job and pass a budget, the House has voted today to send a signal to the president that the American people want their leaders in Washington to enact a responsible federal budget on time,” Bonner said.