But what if it's more than that? What if it's another version of the check-cashing game? The AP is reporting that the Mid-Summer budget update, usually presented in mid-July is being put off until the middle of August. Why, that would be DURING the August recess, would it not? That would be another factor over and above constituent anger that could significantly influence the votes of legislators.
Quoting from the AP:
The release of the update — usually scheduled for mid-July — has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town Aug. 7 on its summer recess.The response in opposition to the notion that Obama is trying to stave off bad news until his plan passes seems legitimate at first glance.....
White House budget office spokesman Tom Gavin disagreed, noting the delay was "really not something out of the norm" and is typical for a president's first year. Gavin noted that President George W. Bush's budget office did not release the mid-session review in his first year until August 22; in President Bill Clinton's first year, it did not come out until Sept. 1......but on second glance, that stance raises even more questions. Among them is why is it ok to delay the mid-summer budget report but not ok to delay passage of the monstrosity of a Bill? Isn't that like buying a big luxury item before you assess your ability to pay for it? Isn't it like writing a check without balancing your check book?
Citing the CBO testimony, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Monday accused Democrats of "burying this budget update until after Congress leaves town next month." He called the budget-update postponment "an attempt to hide a record-breaking deficit as Democratic leaders break arms to rush through a government takeover of health care."There is simply no reason why the release of the budget can be delayed while this bill can't be.