The White House has sent Congress a $5.8 trillion budget request that would raise taxes on billionaires and corporations while massively boosting funding for the Pentagon and the police. Biden’s budget proposal does not include items from his “Build Back Better” plan, which failed to pass the narrowly divided Senate over objections from conservative Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. The budget proposes more than $30 billion in grants to state and local police departments. It would also boost military spending by about 10% to a record-shattering $813 billion — eclipsing even former President Trump’s Pentagon budget requests.
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders responded in a statement, “At a time when we are already spending more on the military than the next 11 countries combined, no we do not need a massive increase in the defense budget.”