February 01, 2021

As Biden Administration Misses Budget Deadline, Smith Calls for Greater Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 1 marks the statutory deadline for President Biden to submit a Fiscal Year 2022 budget to Congress, as required by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. In January, House Budget Committee Republican Leader Jason Smith (MO-08) sent a letter to then-President-Elect Biden’s team asking when the incoming Administration planned to meet its obligation to be transparent and forthcoming with its budget plans. Today, House Budget Committee Republican Leader Smith issued the following statement:

“Today’s deadline for the Biden Administration to submit its FY 2022 budget proposal comes and goes as the Administration has spent its first days in office issuing policies that will destroy jobs and harm America’s working class. The new administration has found time to issue more executive orders than any other administration in history at this point in a term and put forward $1.9 trillion in new spending, but sadly has not found time to abide by its statutory requirement to put forward a budget. With all of the policy promises either made by the Biden Administration or demanded by its allies in Congress, President Biden owes the American people an accounting of how his administration intends to pay for those promises. An ongoing lack of transparency is untenable and disrespectful to America’s hardworking families and taxpayers. At the very least, the Biden Administration should let the American people know when it plans to provide an accounting of its agenda.”