President Obama will release his FY 2014 budget on April 8th, more than two months late. Under the law, the President must submit a budget by the first Monday in February. Congressional sources said last week that they had been told the budget was coming on March 25th, meaning the new April 8th release date would be yet another delay. The White House has blamed the hold-up on the uncertainty caused by fights over the fiscal cliff, sequestration, and the continuing resolution to fund the government that expires March 27th.
The Administration’s budget typically kicks off the annual budgeting process, as Congress then shapes its budget resolution based on the President’s request. But this year that process is reversed, as both the House and Senate budget committees are planning to release their FY 2014 budgets next week.
Regardless of the reason, this delay also stalls our process of finalizing the UW Federal Agenda for FY 2014. Just like the House and Senate, we use the President’s budget request as a starting point for our requests. But that does not mean we aren’t already advocating for our top priorities: NIH, Pell Grants, and Graduate Medical Education (GME). We’ll share more on our agenda once finalized.