President Biden will propose a $ 6 trillion budget on Friday that would take the United States to its highest federal spending levels since World War II as it seeks to fund a broad economic program that includes new investment important in education, transport and the fight against climate change.
The budget is simply a request to Congress, which must approve federal spending. But with Democrats in control of the House and Senate, Mr Biden faces some of the best chances of any president in recent history of securing approval for much of his platform.
Still, he must find a way to appease moderate Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III, who has said he will not support a corporate tax rate as high as Mr Biden’s budget on him. proposes, without alienating the House progressives who pushed Mr. Biden to spend even more. With Republicans and the White House still far removed from the president’s infrastructure proposal, the president will most likely need to get votes from all Senate Democrats to make his spending plans come to fruition.
Documents obtained by the New York Times show that the budget request, the first of Mr. Biden’s presidency, calls for an increase in total spending to $ 8.2 trillion by 2031, with deficits greater than 1 , $ 3 trillion over the next decade. The growth is being driven by Mr. Biden’s two-part agenda to modernize the country’s infrastructure and significantly expand the social safety net, contained in his US Jobs Plan and US Plan for Families, as well. other planned increases in discretionary spending.
The proposal for FY2022 and the decade that follows shows the breadth of Mr. Biden’s ambitions to wield government power to help more Americans access the comforts of middle-class living and to get the American industry to compete better on a global scale.
The tax and spending levels in Mr. Biden’s plans would increase the federal tax footprint to levels seldom seen in the postwar era to fund investments that his administration says are critical to sustaining the America’s competitiveness. This includes money for roads, water pipes, high-speed internet, electric vehicle charging stations, and cutting-edge manufacturing research. But he’s also considering funding for affordable child care, a universal preschool and a national paid vacation program – initiatives Republicans have been reluctant to fund. Military spending would also increase, although it would decrease as a proportion of the economy.
“Now is the time to lay the foundation that we have laid, to make bold investments in our families, in our communities, in our nation,” Biden told a crowd in Cleveland Thursday. “We know from history that these types of investments raise both the floor and the ceiling of an economy for everyone.”
Mr Biden plans to finance his program by raising corporate taxes and high incomes, and documents show budget deficits are narrowing in the 2030s. Administration officials said the jobs and employment projects families would be fully offset by tax increases over a 15-year period, which the budget request also provides.
Vice President Kamala Harris will mark another first for women on Friday when she addresses the graduating class of the United States Naval Academy, becoming the school’s first female speaker in nearly 175 years of history.
The vice president’s speech is expected to focus on some of the Biden administration’s most pressing challenges, such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and a host of increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.
“The global pandemic has launched us into a new era. It has always had an impact on our world, ”Ms. Harris is expected to say, according to prepared remarks shared with The New York Times. “If we weren’t clear before, we now know: our world is interconnected. Our world is interdependent. Our world is fragile.
The Vice President’s speech at Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Will be the first to focus on the military, and it comes as the Biden administration accelerates its withdrawal from Afghanistan, well ahead of the deadline set by President Biden. April: September 11.
Ms Harris said she was the last person in the room before the President made the decision to pull troops out of the country, nearly two decades after their first deployment.
Presidents and vice-presidents take turns delivering keynote addresses at various service academies, and Ms. Harris is the first to return to the Naval Academy since President Donald J. Trump spoke in 2018 and said that after his election, the United States was “respected again”.
As Mr. Trump focused on the military gaining the respect and fear of its global adversaries – he told graduates in 2018 that the military is “the most powerful and legitimate force on the planet.” – the current administration has pointed out what Mr Biden has said repeatedly: that it thinks democracy is reaching an inflection point.
“No class can choose the world to graduate into,” Biden told a class of Coast Guard graduates this month. “The challenges that you will face in your career will be very different from those that have walked these corridors before. “
Jean Ismay contribution to reports.
As hopes fade for a bipartisan probe into the Jan.6 Capitol riot, it is increasingly clear that the Republican base remains in the grip of the web of untruths woven by Donald J. Trump – and maybe even more wacky lies, beyond those of the president’s old fabrication.
A federal judge on Wednesday warned in a notice that Mr. Trump’s insistence on the “big lie” – that the November election was stolen from him – still posed a grave threat. Presiding over the case of a man accused of storming Congress on January 6, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington wrote: “The steady drumbeat that inspired the ‘accused of taking up arms has not disappeared. Six months later, the duck that the election was stolen is repeated daily in major news outlets and in the halls of power within state and federal government, not to mention the almost daily fulminations from the former president.
But it wasn’t just the idea that the election was stolen that caught on with supporters of the former president. QAnon, a wacky and constantly evolving conspiracy theory propagated by some of Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters, has significant influence with a segment of the public – especially Republicans and Americans who consume information from Mr. far-right sources.
These are the findings of a poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core, which found that 15% of Americans say they believe the levers of power are controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles, a fundamental belief. supporters of QAnon. The same proportion said it was true that “American patriots could use violence” to depose pedophiles and restore lawful order to the country.
And at least 20% of those polled said they believed a Bible-wide storm would soon sweep away these evil elites and “restore the rightful rulers.”
“These are words I never thought I would write in a poll question, or need them, but here we are,” Robby Jones, founder of PRRI, said in an interview.
Mr Jones said he was struck by the prevalence of QAnon membership. Overlapping the share of survey respondents who expressed belief in its fundamentals over the country’s total population, “that’s over 30 million people,” he said.
“Thinking of QAnon, if it was a religion, it would be as big as all white evangelical Protestants, or all white mainline Protestants,” he added. “So he’s lining up there with a major religious group.”