WASHINGTON—President Biden is seeking more funding for education, healthcare, research and renewable energy next year in a $1.52 trillion spending plan reflecting his vision of an expansive federal government that tackles issues ranging from climate change to racial inequality.
The preliminary plan released Friday by the White House would raise discretionary spending by 8.4%, or $118 billion, from the $1.4 trillion authorized last year, excluding emergency measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Discretionary spending is the part of the budget that Congress shapes through the appropriations process.
Nondefense spending would rise 16% next fiscal year to $769.4 billion. Spending on defense would increase 1.7% to $753 billion—much less than Republicans are likely to support but more than called for by progressives, who pushed for cuts during the Trump administration.
The proposal fulfills some of Mr. Biden’s campaign promises, including more money for schools in high-poverty areas, cancer research and investments to address climate change. It drew immediate opposition from some Republican lawmakers, who called it an intrusive expansion of federal power.
The request would lift nondefense spending as a share of gross domestic product to 3.3%, roughly in line with its average over the past 30 years, officials said. It will be followed later this spring by a full budget proposal that includes mandatory spending programs such as Social Security, tax increases and the impact over the next decade on deficits, debt and the economy.
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