Washington, D.C. — The Obama administration’s budget blueprint includes $8.5 billion to boost the military, as well as $1.8 billion to the National Guard.
While the Pentagon is the most-critical element of the government, the National Institutes of Health will also see a $8 billion boost, and the Department of Homeland Security is also getting $1 billion to spend on cybersecurity.
The White House also is looking at adding another $10 billion for the Energy Department.
The budget blueprint calls for the construction of an additional 200,000 homes across the country, as the administration considers new ways to incentivize Americans to stay in their homes and businesses.
According to the Associated Press, the plan also calls for spending $500 million to help veterans in rural areas, while $1 trillion for energy and climate change research will go to states.
President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden, left, as he speaks during a meeting with governors and other officials at the White House on Wednesday.
Obama has requested $2 trillion in additional funding to boost domestic and military spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The White House has been pushing to boost spending on defense.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The $1-trillion increase in defense spending would increase by more than $200 billion, or 10% over the next 10 years.
But the blueprint doesn’t address other areas of government spending.
Obama is asking Congress to raise $1,800 for every man, woman and child who does not have health insurance.
He wants to add $400 billion in domestic spending to help states provide free or low-cost health care to low-income and minority residents.
The president is also calling for $1 million to be spent annually on energy research and a new National Security Council.
The blueprint also includes $50 million to fund a new White House-directed task force to look at ways to create jobs and economic growth in rural communities.
It includes $100 million to create a pilot program to help communities prepare for a post-conflict situation.
Democrats, however, are opposed to the new money, arguing it would undermine local control and push spending toward the national government.
“The administration is using its own budget to impose on states a massive tax hike on American taxpayers that will ultimately drive up their costs for services and infrastructure,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.
“We should not be subsidizing the president’s political agenda.
This budget does not serve our nation, and it is an invitation to the next administration to increase our taxes even further and push our economy into recession.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.
Calif.) said in a statement that the spending plan is “more regressive than President Obama’s last budget,” and that it does not go far enough to combat the opioid crisis.
“These additional military and other spending cuts are a waste of money and do not even begin to address the epidemic of opioid addiction and the devastating impact they are having on American families,” Pelosi said.
“I am pleased that the President has promised to continue to lead the fight against the opioid epidemic.
But we need to stop making promises that will never be realized.”