President Barack Obama addresses the audience after taking the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House has passed a bill that's intended to call attention to President Barack Obama's failure to offer a balanced budget during his years in office.
Democrats say the legislation is a political gimmick, and it's sure to be ignored by Democrats running the Senate.
The "Require Presidential Leadership and No Deficit Act" is meant to require that the president submit a budget that balances the government's books. The measure passed by a 253-167 vote.
The legislation tries to draw contrast between Obama and House Republicans, who recently announced that their upcoming budget blueprint would come to balance within a decade. That's a shift from the past two years, when Republican budgets had sharp spending cuts but failed to project a balanced budget.