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Biden Plans to Release Initial 2022 U.S. Budget Outline Friday

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President Joe Biden will release his preliminary spending requests for 2022 on Friday, the White House said, the first step before Congress negotiates the government’s budget for the fiscal year starting in October.

The document is expected to outline Biden’s requests for discretionary spending levels across government departments and agencies. His first full budget proposal, including tax, entitlements and debt figures, is expected later in the year.

Biden’s spending proposal has been delayed, with administration officials pinning at least some of the blame on former President Donald Trump’s budget office, which they say was uncooperative during the transition.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly denied that the delay was due to disputes within Biden’s government — and particularly at the Pentagon, which may see its proposed budget held flat for the next fiscal year.

Read more: Dispute Over Pentagon Funds Part of White House Budget Delay

Biden is also still without a permanent budget director. His pick for the job, Neera Tanden, withdrew from consideration after failing to win enough support in the Senate to be confirmed.

Timeline Delayed

The White House initially said it would release the budget numbers last week, which was already by then the latest in modern presidential history.

The president also missed a previously announced deadline to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress, a speech he promised in February that has yet to be scheduled. Meantime, he has proposed and signed a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill and released his longer-term, $2.25 trillion infrastructure-led economic program.

The initial budget request will lack many of the details traditionally included in a presidential budget document, offering only top-line spending proposals and some details about new programs. It won’t include details on revenue — including proposed tax increases to offset expected new spending — or long-term economic or deficit projections.

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