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February 04, 2013

White House defends missing budget deadline

President Obama missed today's deadline for submitting a budget to Congress, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney urged reporters to focus on "substance over deadlines," saying Obama has "put forward consistently budgets that achieve what the American people overwhelmingly support."

Republicans have assailed Obama for missing the deadline, but Carney aboard Air Force One en route to Minnesota criticized House Republicans for passing "highly partisan" budgets that he said have "no support among the American people."

When reporters pressed Carney on Obama, nevertheless, missing the deadline, Carney retorted that Obama has made a proposal "that the speaker of the House is welcome to take up today or tomorrow as he might wish which represents balanced deficit reduction."

Carney wouldn't say whether Obama would release a budget before or after he delivers the State of the Union next Tuesday.

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