On Monday, the President submits his official Budget request to Congress. The President’s Budget is an outline, a proposal, a “this is how I would do it if I didn’t have to go through Congress,” version.
The Budget will be made available online and literally delivered to the offices on Capitol Hill, where Congressional aides will begin scouring the language in preparation for the Budget hearings of the coming weeks.
- The President’s budget is not a bill. It will not be listed on POPVOX. Some Members of Congress may introduce parts of the budget as bills or some parts of the budget may already exist as bills.
- Congress likely will not hold a vote on the President’s budget. Usually the Budget Committees of both chambers introduce their own versions for a vote in Congress.
- In December 2011, Congress passed an Omnibus spending bill that covers spending through fiscal year 2012. The budget submitted by the President would cover FY 2013, which begins October 1, 2012.