U.S. President Joe Biden has asked Congress to substantially increase its budget for climate change and arms control, which marked a dramatic shift for his predecessor, Donald Trump.
From this year’s US$1.5 trillion budget, core funding has increased by 8% to now, billions of US dollars will be invested in public transportation and cleanup, cut border wall funding, and strengthen reinforcements to check gun purchasers. This is a different goal from the previous government. .
The document is dominated by the pandemic and lasts for three months. It provides insights into the long-awaited Biden plan and begins intense negotiations with Congress on the source of the final funding.
Biden will increase $14 billion in funding for institutions dealing with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. This is a turning point for the Trump administration, which has denied climate science.
President Bush will spend millions of dollars to deal with the growing number of unaccompanied children on the country’s southern border with Central America, including an investment of $861 million in the region.
However, there is no room in his budget to build a border wall. This is Trump’s priority. He will increase funds to investigate immigration agents accused of “white supremacy.”
One of the biggest expenditures proposed for increase is in schools in poor areas and research on fatal diseases other than COVID-19, which has so far been Biden’s main job during his tenure.
Biden will spend $6.5 billion to set up a research team to deal with various diseases from cancer to diabetes and Alzheimer’s. This plan reflects his long-term desire to use government budgets to advance medical research.
Biden has asked the Department of Defense to allocate approximately $715 million. This is a compromise between liberals who support spending cuts and conservatives who want to increase military spending.
The Pentagon will use the money to deter China, encourage the modernization of nuclear missile stocks, and build “climate resilience” in military facilities.
Biden’s draft is called a “simplified” budget. It is only a rough understanding of “discretionary” plans and departments. Congress has the right to decide what money to spend in a fiscal year beginning in October.
The White House delayed drafting, accused Trump of resistance from political officials during his inauguration, and denied that different interests in issues such as military funding play a role.
The administrative official said that the draft does not include Biden’s $2 trillion for infrastructure construction or tax changes. These changes will be included in the full budget proposal at the end of spring.
In fiscal year 2020, discretionary spending is $1.6 trillion, accounting for a quarter of total spending. The rest are mandatory areas such as aging, disability, unemployment and health benefits.
Each draft is only the first step in the budget formulation process, and will eventually be voted through by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Democrats account for only a small proportion of the Democrats.