Members of the US House voted Wednesday to pass H.R. 444, the Require a Plan Act. The bill requires President Obama to either produce a FY2014 budget that balances within the next ten years or submit a supplemental budget plan by April 1, 2013, that identifies in what year the President's budget would balance and the policies used to get there.
Last Congress, the House and Senate unanimously voted down President Obama's FY2013 budget. Meanwhile, the Senate has not passed a budget in four years. Following the vote U.S. Congressman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) released the following statement:
"It's unfortunate we are forced to create laws so that people in Washington do their job. While House Republicans have passed a budget that makes the hard decisions and achieves balance, the President has submitted budgets that never balance. It's past time for the President to put his cards on the table and show the American people how he intends to balance our nation's budget. Mapping out a budget that balances is a responsibility central to every family, small business and individual in this country. Our federal government is the last entity that should be excluded."