Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context

The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.

Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Republican senators in the Oval Office of the White House, May 13, 2021.

On Friday, President Biden released a $6 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 that includes his infrastructure and families plans, kicking off the next phase in the federal budget process. 

The White House’s proposed spending is likely to be reduced after it goes through a Congress with a 50-50 Senate and a narrow Democratic House majority. But in its rollout, several news outlets suggested that $6 trillion was an eye-popping amount of money: NPR’s headline called the proposal a “huge hike in government spending;” a New York Magazine blog post called it “enormous;” ABC blared about the “costly pandemic recovery and jobs plans.”

Biden’s budget is an increase of about 4% in terms of proposed spending as a percentage of total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared with presidential budget proposals going back to 2013. Biden’s budget proposes spending equal to 25.6% of GDP in 2022, while Trump’s 2021 budget called for spending equal to 22% of GDP and his 2020 budget called for 22.7% of GDP in spending.  

Full post at The Brick House Cooperative.