By Roger Runningen - Mar 12, 2013 12:48 PM ET
President Barack Obama will send his fiscal 2014 budget to Congress the week of April 8, an administration official said today.
The official asked for anonymity because an announcement hasn’t been made and declined to be more specific.
The budget was due on Feb. 4 and the administration said last month that the debate over taxes and spending at the end of last year, combined with across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in March 1, would delay the spending plan’s release.
The budget, which is an outline of Obama’s priorities, would be for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The delay isn’t likely to change the political debate over fiscal issues. The president has said he’s planning to again seek funding for many of the proposals contained in last year’s $3.8 trillion budget, which was never adopted by Congress.
Obama’s budget may also get little attention in Congress because lawmakers in the House and Senate are now compiling their own budget proposals, even before Obama submits his.
U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled his proposal for taxes and spending today.
Under the annual process in Congress, lawmakers pass their budget plan, though it’s non-binding and isn’t signed by the president. It sets broad policy goals for implementation by committees in 12 annual spending bills. Those measures are submitted to the president for his signature.