Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that House Republicans will, in fact, produce a budget resolution this year. Speaker John Boehner said so last month. But doubts persisted, and some Republicans even suggested it would be better not to do one.
But in a memo sent out Friday by Cantor to fellow House Republicans about the remaining March and April agenda, he wrote, "We owe it to the American people to demonstrate how we will allocate their tax dollars and balance the budget."
Cantor's announcement comes amid nagging questions about whether such a plan could pass in the House, and whether Republicans should—or even have to—produce a budget as they head toward November's elections.
The House doesn't necessarily have to touch the budget issue, because the two-year budget agreement already set top-line numbers for 2015. Democrats who control the Senate already have said they won't pass their own budget resolution.
The congressional timetable sets the deadline at April 15—about three weeks away—for completing action on the annual budget resolution for the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.