Forget inflation, Biden’s $5.8T budget ups spending by 7.4%, advances ‘diversity, equity, inclusion’

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President Joe Biden unveiled his $5.8 trillion budget request for FY 2023 on Monday that bumps discretionary spending by 7.4 percent over what was enacted by the omnibus bill and advances his purported goal of making the federal government more “equitable, effective, and accountable.”

Government Executive is reporting that “Biden is proposing a total of $1.6 trillion in base discretionary funding, with an increase of $56.3 billion, or 9.5%, in non-defense discretionary spending from estimated fiscal 2022 levels enacted in the omnibus appropriations package and a boost of $31.2 billion, or 4%, in defense funding.”

“The president’s budget advances the goals of the president’s management agenda across three priority areas: strengthening and empowering the federal workforce; delivering excellent, equitable, and secure federal services and customer experience; and managing the business of government to build a better America,” budget documents assert. “This work––including the investments the budget puts forward in support of the [agenda]––is critical for bolstering the federal government’s capacity and capabilities to deliver for the American people today and for years to come.”

Included in the budget are provisions to advance a number of executive orders and initiatives. Those would include government customer service; increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the federal workforce; increasing federal procurement from domestic sources; and ensuring federal employees and contractors make a minimum of $15 per hour. A socialist sounding section of the budget is entitled, “Ensuring an Equitable, Effective, and Accountable Government That Delivers Results for all.”

Government Executive laid out a number of priorities from the budget as well:

…Increase capability of law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI and U.S. Marshalls Service, to combat violent crime and ensure that U.S. attorneys have the support they need to prosecute these crimes;

…Make more investments in the Justice Department to bolster prosecution of hate crimes, police reform, enforcement of voting rights. and efforts on equal access to justice;

…Give “transformative investments” across the Health and Human Services Department ($81.7 billion over the next five years) for pandemic preparedness;

…Direct $5 billion to the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health—a new agency Biden seeks to create—which will drive research and innovation on cancer and other diseases;

…Provide more than $18 billion for climate adaptation and resilience programs across the federal government;

…“Significantly” increase funding for the Indian Health Service over time, adding stability and predictability to that agency’s budget;

…As part of voting rights efforts, expand the U.S. Postal Service’s delivery ability in underserved locations and support vote-by-mail efforts; and,

…Continue to collaborate with Congress, inspectors general, and the Government Accountability Office on oversight efforts as well as adhering to “accountability and transparency” in implementing the budget.

The massive increase in funding for the military in the budget is for both domestic and international use. The budget includes $6.9 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and “countering Russian aggression to support Ukraine.”

“I’m calling for one of the largest investments in our national security in history, with the funds needed to ensure that our military remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world,” the president declared.

The proposal also calls for $3.2 billion in “discretionary resources for state and local grants” for communities to hire more police officers, and an additional $30 billion in “mandatory resources to support law enforcement, crime prevention, and community violence intervention.”

Expanded funding for the police is not likely to be popular among Biden’s leftist base.

The spending also includes roughly $10.6 billion for global health security, which includes COVID as well as future pandemics.

Biden signed the fiscal 2022 appropriations package into law just two weeks ago. It is unlikely that Congress will pass the current proposed budget outright.

“All told, it is a budget that includes historic deficit reduction, historic investments in our security at home and abroad, and an unprecedented commitment to building an economy where everyone has a chance to succeed,” a prepared statement contends.

The budget also includes a proposed 20 percent tax on American households that make over $100 million according to a White House fact sheet. Biden has dubbed it the “Billionaires’ Mimiumum Income Tax.” The tax would apply to unrealized investment income as well.

“Overall, the budget reduces deficits by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, and deficits under the budget policies would fall to less than one-third of the 2020 level the president inherited,” the statement dubiously claims.


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