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White House to report 2017 budget proposal on Feb. 9

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January 10
9:53 PM 2016

President Barack Obama's fiscal 2017 budget request will be released on February 9, announced Management and Budget head. The president won Congress votes as he approaches the end of his term. 

Reuters reported that the Office of Management and Budget director, Shaun Donovan, tweeted the date Thursday. He also said that final touches are currently being done on the budget.

"Now that Congress has completed FY16 approps, we're finalizing @POTUS's FY17 Budget," tweeted Donovan.

In a report by 12 News Obama was victorious on getting Congress to agree for this year's budget to exceed caps for defense programs and non-defense ones. Since this is Obama's final year as the president of the United States, it would be harder for him to get the congressional support for most of his recommendations.

The president is set to give his last State of the Union address Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama aims to make more recommendations that would be beneficial for the generations to come.

Roll Call wrote that the current law requires the White House to submit its budget request to the Congress on the first Monday of February, which is on February 1 this year. That day is when the electoral even Iowa caucuses is also held. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire primary voters will start voting Feb 9.

The Obama administration has been notorious for its tardiness in submitting its request for budget, which has been a subject for attack among Republicans. It was able to meet its deadline for the fiscal budget of 2016 last year, which was the first since 2010.

However, the Congress is also usually late in approving appropriation bills almost every year for the past 20 years. The lawmakers passed the fiscal 2016 omnibus on December 18, which is just 79 days before the fiscal year starts. 

The fiscal 2017 budget is President Obama's last request for his tenure. Base defense spending is around $3 billion to $551.07 billion, while non-defense programs are flat at $518.53 billion. Meanwhile, Overseas Contingency Operations funding will remain $73.69 billion.

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