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Biden Budget Hits Trump, GOP as 'Fiscally Irresponsible'

Biden Budget Hits Trump, GOP as 'Fiscally Irresponsible'
President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, March 8, 2024 in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Monday, 11 March 2024 12:37 PM EDT

President Joe Biden sketched his policy vision for the United States Monday, unveiling a $7.3 trillion spending wish list that is as much an election-year pitch to voters — one that slams the GOP and former President Donald Trump by name — as it is a policy proposal.

In his budget message to Congress, Biden accused Trump and Republicans of “deliberately” hiding the cost of tax cuts to corporations and multi-millionaires, leaving the current administration burdened by a "fiscally irresponsible legacy."

Biden's message accused Trump and fellow Republicans of trying to obscure how much their proposals have contributed to the federal deficit, in "one of the most egregious and fiscally reckless budget decisions in modern history."

“We have to acknowledge that the president is transparent — detailed every way he is going to show he values the American people,” White House budget director Shalanda Young told reporters. “Congressional Republicans hid behind high-level talking points about balancing. Well, who are you hurting in the meantime? What are you cutting?”

Biden wants to sharply raise taxes on corporations and high earners in his second four-year term, the document showed, to help cut the federal deficit and pay for new programs to assist those who make less cope with high housing and child care costs.

Biden's budget for the 2025 fiscal year that starts in October includes raising the corporate income tax rate to 28 from 21%, hiking rates on people making over $400,000, forcing those with wealth of $100 million to pay at least 25% of their income in taxes, and letting the government negotiate to bring more drug costs down.

Meanwhile, the government would bring back a child tax credit for low- and middle-income earners, fund childcare programs, funnel $258 billion to building homes, provide paid family leave for workers, and spends billions on violent crime prevention and law enforcement.

It promises to cut annual deficit spending by $3 trillion over 10 years, slowing but not halting the growth of the $34.5 trillion national debt. Deficits would total $1.8 trillion in the 2025 fiscal year, or 6.1% of GDP, before falling to under 4% over the decade, the White House forecast.

Biden also renewed his demand for funding on border security, Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan, and other national security issues that has been stalled by Republican congressional leadership for months.

The budget was released days after the Democrat's State of the Union address, where he sharply assailed the values of his expected Republican opponent in November's election, Donald Trump.

Biden travels to the competitive election state of New Hampshire Monday. Trump, whose signature legislative accomplishment as president was a major tax cut, has said he wants to sharply increase tariffs on imported foreign goods and cut regulations on energy producers.

The White House forecast 1.7% real GDP growth in 2024, and 1.8% in 2025, rising to 2.2% by 2030. Consumer price inflation for 2025 was forecast at 2.3%, with 4% unemployment, a figure that falls to 3.8% later in the decade.

The forecasts were set in November, and officials said the figures would be more optimistic if they were set today.

White House budgets are always something of a presidential wish list, but that is even more so in the current political climate. U.S. agencies are operating without a full-year 2024 budget, after hardline Republicans rejected an agreed-upon spending level, and Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided over how to spend some $6 trillion in annual funding.

Democrat polling shows voters are concerned about debt-fueled government spending, high costs and the economy in general, and illegal border crossings, as well as broad support for taxing the wealthy.

The U.S. government spends more than it takes in each year, and the majority goes to so-called mandatory programs and military programs, which lawmakers are unlikely to cut.

On Thursday House Republicans issued a plan that aims to balance the federal budget within a decade by cutting $14 trillion in federal spending, including green energy subsides and student loan forgiveness, while reducing taxes.

The White House called the plan unworkable.

Months after its October deadline, Congress has yet to pass full funding for federal agencies for the current year.

Last year's standoff between Biden and hardline Republicans over the federal government's current-year spending of $6.13 trillion resulted in a two-year agreement to cap spending, the ouster of House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the credit rating agency Fitch stripping the country of its AAA rating.

Biden's defense budget calls for fewer stealthy F-35 fighter jets and Virginia-class submarines, first reported by Reuters, after a meager 1% increase allowed under those caps left fewer than expected funds.

This report contains material from Reuters.

© 2024 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

President Joe Biden sketched his policy vision for the United States Monday, unveiling a $7.3 trillion spending wish list that is as much an election-year pitch to voters - one that slams former President Donald Trump and the GOP - as it is a policy proposal.In sending his...
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Monday, 11 March 2024 12:37 PM
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