White House sets spending blueprint release date

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, January 8, 2016

The White House plans to release the president’s fiscal 2017 budget request, the administration’s final blueprint of priorities, on Feb. 9.

The budget will come later than the traditional release date of the first Monday in February, narrowly missing the statutory deadline for the White House to deliver the document to Capitol Hill. It will also emerge two days after the Super Bowl — and on the same day the political world will be paying attention to the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Last year President Obama released the budget relatively early, on Feb. 2. The administration’s 2012 budget request reached Congress on Valentine’s Day.

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan announced the budget release date yesterday via Twitter.

The Republican-controlled Congress will, like years past, likely set the president’s budget aside and craft spending bills under a recent two-year bipartisan budget deal.