The chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees canceled the invitation they issue to the White House budget chief every year to come and explain the new blueprint, saying President Obama’s latest plan is going nowhere and there is no need to bother hearing from him.
Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, and Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, issued a joint statement saying they won’t hold hearings on the president’s budget but instead will get to work on their own plans, which will drive the agenda far more than Mr. Obama’s document.
“It is clear that this president will not put forth the budget effort that our times and our country require,” Mr. Enzi said. “Instead of hearing from an administration unconcerned with our $19 trillion in debt, we should focus on how to reform America’s broken budget process and restore the trust of hardworking taxpayers.”
The disinvite is a stunning slap at Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan and at Mr. Obama, who has vowed to raise taxes and boost spending in his 2017 budget.
But the president’s budgets have been largely irrelevant on Capitol Hill since 2011, when Republicans took control of the House and put the brakes on his spending plans.