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John Cornyn: No pay for White House budget writers until Obama delivers one

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

A Texas senator upset that President Obama has yet to deliver his new budget, now 44 days late, is threatening to cut off pay to White House budget writers.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn on Wednesday introduced the No Budget, No OMB Pay Act of 2013, which would withhold the pay for the director of the Office of Management and Budget and top budget officials until the fiscal 2014 budget is delivered.

"For four of the last five years, the president has missed the legal deadline for submitting his budget, and leading from behind has become the standard mode of operation. The American people have been waiting 44 days to hear the president's priorities," said Cornyn.

"Texans don't expect to get paid for a job they don't do, and it's time to start holding Washington to the same standards. This administration should do its job, meet its obligations, and submit a budget," he added.

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