White House delays 2014 budget after 'fiscal cliff' standoff

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The White House will delay

submission of its budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year

2014 because of the protracted fight over the "fiscal cliff,"

according to an official in President Barack Obama's budget

office.

Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for management at the White

House Office of Management and Budget, told Congressman Paul

Ryan in a letter dated Jan. 11 that the long period it took to

resolve tax issues in the "fiscal cliff" deal led to delays in

the administration's budget process.

"Because these issues were not resolved until the American

Taxpayer Relief Act was enacted on January 2, 2013, the

administration was forced to delay some of its FY 2014 Budget

preparations, which in turn will delay the budget's submission

to Congress," Zients wrote in the letter.

"The administration is working diligently on our budget

request. We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible."

The deal over the so-called fiscal cliff made Bush-era tax

cuts for middle class earners permanent while raising rates for

individuals making $400,000 or more a year and households making

$450,000 or more a year.

Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, is

chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the

Budget.

Last year the White House submitted its budget proposal in

early February. Zients did not identify a delivery date for the

fiscal 2014 budget proposal in his letter.

The 2014 fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, 2103 and ends on

Sept. 30, 2014

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; editing by

Christopher Wilson)

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