Biden Wants to Spend Big on Education

Marco Green
April 10, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden's 2022 preliminary budget includes boosts for environmental regulation and science research as he proposes a $14 billion hike in spending on climate as he reverses former President Donald Trump's policy of slashing regulations.

The Biden administration plans to request $715 billion for the Pentagon this coming year, a modest increase from the current level but below the level projected by the Trump administration in its final budget, according to three people familiar with the proposal.

The bulk of that increase reflects higher nondefense spending, which would rise 16% next year, to $769.4 billion from $663.7 billion under current levels.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention would receive $8.7 billion, which the administration says is the biggest increase in two decades, and would "restore capacity at the world's preeminent public health agency". Defense spending would remain essentially flat, with an increase of $12.3 billion, or 1.7%, while other domestic programs get a 15.9% boost.

TRANSIT. The administration is proposing $600 million to buy electric vehicles for government agencies and charging stations, including for the U.S. Postal Service and $8 billion for the Energy Department to invest in clean energy technologies, up 27% over the prior year's funding. The administration is also asking for $6.5-billion to establish a biomedical research agency to address cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases. The administration also seeks more money for civil rights enforcement addressing gun violence as a public health epidemic. Recent history and guaranteed conflicts with Republicans are likely to force lawmakers to put discretionary accounts on autopilot for months after the September 30 expiration of the budget year.

The proposal comes as the White House grapples with how to handle an influx of people trying to enter the US along the Mexico border - and struggles with how to house them once they're here. The budget for the Executive Office of Immigration Review would jump 21% to $891 million in order to hire 100 new immigration judges and support teams to reduce the existing backlogs.

That's in contrast to a push for a 3% to 5% real annual increases in national security funding first endorsed by then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in 2017.

A $715 billion discretionary topline would amount to a decrease of about 0.4% in real terms, adjusting for inflation from this year's enacted appropriations of about $704 billion.

Friday's request does not include plans for tax revenues or mandatory federal spending. Nor does it include the planned spending in Biden's infrastructure plan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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