House GOP Leaders Reject Biden’s Latest $7.3 Trillion Budget Plan

( – The impasse between the Biden administration and Republican lawmakers over the budget of the federal government continues, as GOP leaders in the House shot down President Joe Biden’s new $7.3T budget proposal.

In a joint statement, Republican lawmakers from Congress—House Speaker and Louisiana Representative Mike Johnson, Majority Leader and Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise, Majority Whip and Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer, and GOP Conference and New York Representative Chair Elise Stefanik—slammed the White House’s attempt to push a liberal “left-wing agenda” through the budget.

Among the inclusions in the budget are provisions ($1.8 billion) for STEM programs focused on equality, diversion, accessibility, and inclusion. Another $8 billion is allotted towards various domestic and international climate change initiatives, as well as proposals for higher taxes for large-income households and corporations. Other provisions Republicans object to are an $11 billion allotment for the Department of Interior to “preserve the stories of the cultures and history across America,” as well as another $3 billion spent for programs to promote “gender equity and equality” globally.

GOP leaders in the House criticized the Biden administration for its “insatiable appetite for reckless spending” and “disregard for fiscal responsibility,” which Republicans say the Democrats are aggressively pushing for at the expense of “hardworking Americans” who continue to cope with increased costs of living due to inflation and ballooning national debt.

House Republicans are pushing for many budget provisions that are almost entirely the opposite of what the Democrats want, such as decreased government spending, particularly for climate change initiatives and anti-poverty programs that many Republicans say are easily abused. The GOP is also pushing that the federal government take concrete steps to solve the migrant problem at the U.S. southern border, arguing that even new proposals from the White House are woefully inadequate to address the situation.

Another factor working against Biden is that the new budget proposal has only minute differences from the one he submitted to Congress last year, which was also shot down by the GOP members of the House.

Eventually, the House and Senate voted to pass a vastly smaller $1.2 trillion spending package, which President Biden signed on Saturday, March 23.

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