Biden Releases $1.52 Trillion 2022 Federal Budget Proposal

Headline Roundup April 9th, 2021

The Biden administration on Friday proposed a $1.52 trillion federal discretionary spending budget for fiscal year 2022. The budget includes a 1.7% increase in military spending and a 16% increase in non-defense spending, marking a substantial shift from previous administrations. News coverage often focused on specific spending proposals, such as a 10.4% increase in the IRS budget, a 12% increase in the State Department’s budget, $1.4 billion for environmental justice initiatives, $1.2 billion for “border security technology,” $0 for border wall construction, $861 million in targeted aid to Central America, $10 billion for global health programs, and $14 billion for fighting climate change. By Friday evening, various parts of Biden’s budget had attracted criticism from both the left and the right, particularly on military spending. Federal discretionary spending totaled $1.3 trillion in 2019 and $1.4 trillion in 2020.

Coverage varied widely across the spectrum, with coverage often focusing on specific parts of the budget. There were no major noticeable differences in coverage between left- and right-rated outlets as of Friday evening.

Biden Releases $1.52 Trillion 2022 Federal Budget Proposal

From the Left

President Joe Biden’s first budget calls for massive boosts to low-income schools, public health programs and fighting climate change, plus a slight Pentagon funding bump that is unlikely to fly with many in Congress.

The request unveiled by the White House on Friday asks Congress to provide non-defense programs with a total of $769 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, in addition to $753 billion for national defense programs, including cash for overseas activities.

That amounts to a 16 percent increase over current funding levels for domestic programs — bringing...

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From the Center

U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress to sharply hike spending on climate change, cancer and underperforming schools, but his first budget wishlist on Friday drew howls of bipartisan concern over military spending.

The $1.5 trillion budget, reflecting an 8% increase in base funding from this year, marks a sharp contrast with the goals of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.

It would spread billions of dollars more across areas ranging from public transit, poor schools, toxic site clean-ups, foreign aid and background checks on gun sales, but spend nothing on border walls....

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From the Right

Republicans on Friday blasted President Biden's request for $753 billion for next fiscal year’s defense budget, saying it's not enough to counter China's military modernization plans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., along with other top Senate Republicans, accused the president of prioritizing a "liberal wish list" while "funding for America’s military is neglected."

While Biden’s budget is a slight increase from the $704 billion allotted for defense spending in fiscal year 2021, it actually equates to a decrease in spending by about half a percent after inflation, first...

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