The United States Congress is becoming agitated. After enacting the 1921 Budget and Accounting Act, the Biden administration has been on schedule to deliver the most recent federal budget submission to Congress. The capacity of service leaders to present their cases to legislators is hampered, and crucial debates over program funding are stymied. The current scheduling issues highlight the importance of Congress starting to think about defense budget investments and tradeoffs for the next fiscal year as soon as possible. Should military officials disagree entirely with aspects of the passback, the matter is decided at the highest levels of the White House, including by the president himself. Congress would benefit if the information found in the passback were made available much sooner than it is now.