HYDE-SMITH ON BIDEN FY22 BUDGET: ‘SPEND BIG & SPEND OFTEN'
POTUS Drops Bloated Budget on Memorial Holiday Weekend that Recommends More Money for Almost Everything but Defense, Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the FY2022 budget plan presented to Congress by President Biden on Friday:
“In the first few months of this administration, President Biden and his Democratic colleagues demonstrated a clear willingness to take advantage of the COVID crisis to spend big and spend often. The new Biden budget fits that pattern—more spending, more taxes, more deficits, and more debt. Worse yet, it prioritizes a liberal agenda at the expense of defense and homeland security—both areas where his budget constrains funding.
“The only saving grace with this budget proposal is the old adage, ‘The President proposes and the Congress disposes.’
“As the FY2022 budget and appropriations process gets underway, I will certainly cast a very critical eye on any budget resolution or spending bills that do not represent the most pressing needs of our nation and its security at this time.”
The Biden budget blueprint will be the starting point from which Congress will develop the FY2022 Budget Resolution and subsequent appropriations bills to fund federal programs and activities.
Hyde-Smith pointed to items in the President’s $6 trillion budget blueprint that are immediately unacceptable:
- A 16 percent increase over current funding for domestic programs.
- Just a 1.7 percent increase for the U.S. military, which doesn’t even keep up with inflation.
- Level funding for the Department of Homeland Security—the agency responsible for managing the ongoing border crisis.
- Increased funding to support gun violence research and policy recommendations that threaten Second Amendment rights.
- Rolling back the Hyde Amendment, the long-standing prohibition against using tax dollars to fund abortions.
- Projected annual deficits exceeding $1 trillion for at least 10 years, even with Biden tax hikes.