In June, Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a few budget proposals he’d taken notes on. He paid extra attention to how federal dollars are spent at the military and on infrastructure.
It turns out, the annual defense request and its $664 billion dollars — almost 25 percent of the total federal spending — was the only line in Biden’s budget he’d never take a credit.
It wasn’t as expansive as many of President Obama’s budgets, and it wasn’t as vague as the Trump administration’s spending request. But the budget is a pretty good look at what Joe Biden likes.
Here’s how Biden put it at the time:
“I’m hopeful the President will embrace this approach when he sends his budget request later this spring. As important as defense and foreign aid, protecting the nation’s security and attracting business to our shores are, this administration should pay special attention to our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
The Vice President’s FY2018 budget proposal calls for federal investment of $1.85 trillion, enough to repair the country’s aged infrastructure, an area where we need to invest not just money, but brains, resources, and wisdom.
These improvements would help to foster business growth, which we need to help revitalize the American economy. And investments in public safety would help to keep the American people safe, and in peace.
Providing tax relief to working families has been the focus of this administration — an area where the President and I have aligned. This budget provides tax relief and encourages economic growth, which will create the conditions that could keep us moving forward.”
After the release of Biden’s budget, he also reminded people that President Obama submitted one, too: