Lawmakers Miss Preliminary Budget Deadline
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WICS) —
Congress has missed a preliminary budget deadline.
Lawmakers were supposed to pass and present a budget by April 15th, but left for the weekend without making any deals.
Many hard-line conservatives still refuse to accept the bipartisan deal struck last year between President Obama and former speaker John Boehner. It set next year's federal spending at more than $1 trillion.
Current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says that bipartisan agreement is now actually hurting them from making additional progress.
"Part of the problem is we're a victim of the success of the fact that we have appropriation numbers already in law. We already have an agreement in law and that is, that has taken pressure off of the budget situation," said Paul Ryan.
The White House is putting pressure on Republicans to pass funding to combat the zika virus. The House will be able to start debating and voting on spending bills after May 15th.