Shuster Votes for Fiscal ResponsibilityWednesday February 06, 2013
House passes Require a Plan Act
Washington – Congressman Bill Shuster voted today for the Require a Plan Act which requires the President to submit a balanced budget within a 10-year window or provide a supplemental budget plan by April 1, 2013. The legislation requires the supplemental budget to identify when the President expects to achieve a balanced budget.
“President Obama is required to submit a budget every year, but for the fourth time in five years the White House has failed to meet his legal obligation of submitting a budget to Congress,” said Shuster. “This legislation will ensure that the President submits a plan for a balanced budget.”
The President has a statutory obligation to submit a budget the first Monday in February on an annual basis. However, neither he nor Senate Democrats have submitted a budget for the past four years. House Republicans are committed to curbing Washington’s out of control spending. Last month, they passed the No Budget, No Pay Act to force Senate Democrats to take action, and today they passed the Require a Plan Act to force the administration to act responsibly.
“It is time for this administration to take trillion-dollar deficits seriously and care about the effects they will have on future generations. American families understand they must sit around the kitchen table and establish a working budget. They deserve a president who is willing to assume that same responsibility and comes to the table with a balanced budget too,” Shuster added.