The White House is calling for a massive reinvestment in education, housing, and other core public services in its first budget proposal submitted to Congress on Friday, in the hopes of “reversing” stark cuts to non-defense spending of the previous administration.
“We want to use every lever at our disposal to address the challenges we face,” an administration official told reporters in a background briefing outlining the discretionary budget request, calling it “a complimentary but separate proposal” to President Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar jobs plan. “In the budget we release in the coming months, we’ll put forward a unified agenda for the country that will pull all of these pieces together.”
The so-called “skinny budget”—which includes topline discretionary spending goals but is not a full-fledged budget—includes $769 billion in non-defense discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2022, a 16 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. The proposal also outlines $753 billion in discretionary defense spending, a 1.7 percent increase.