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Obama will violate budget deadline laws for 18th time with latest filing

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President Obama will miss a budgetary deadline set by law for the 18th time in his presidency, according to a summary of his record provided by Senate Republicans.

"The Office of Management and Budget recently announced that President Obama's FY 2015 budget would be delivered to Congress on March 4, just over one month past the statutory deadline (which requires the President's budget to be submitted by the first Monday in February)," explains a news release from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. "This will be the 18th occasion that the Administration has missed an in-law budget deadline."

The announcement came on Friday. “Now that Congress has finished its work on this year's appropriations, the administration is able to finalize next year's budget,” the Washington Examiner's Brian Hughes quoted OMB spokesman Steve Posner as saying. “We are moving to complete the budget as quickly as possible to help Congress return to regular order in the annual budget process.”

The history provided by Sessions' staff notes that Obama will have missed every deadline to submit a budget in his presidency (with respect to 2009, though, the staffers note that "it is common for the incoming administration to miss the deadline for submitting a budget").

Obama has never submitted a plan to control Medicare spending following a Medicare funding warning, though the law states that “if there is a Medicare funding warning … made in a year, the president shall submit to Congress, within the 15-day period beginning on the date of the budget submission to Congress under subsection (a) for the succeeding year, proposed legislation to respond to such warning.”

Such warnings have were issued and ignored in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Obama's team has not submitted a final sequestration transparency report, which was due Jan. 21 of this year. They were late submitting the earlier installation of the report.

Obama's team was also late filing mid-session reviews in 2010, 2011, and 2011. The financial reports on the United States were filed late in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

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