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President Joe Biden asked Congress to approve a $1.5 trillion spending plan that would invest in government agencies addressing issues in education, housing, public health, and climate change.
Biden’s spending plan request for the fiscal year of 2022 increases the budget by 8% from the year before and is another step in his legislative agenda. This is separate from both the $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package and the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan.
The plan calls for a less than 2% increase in military spending, which divided Congress along partisan lines as Republicans argued for an increase in spending for the military, while Democrats argued for the opposite.
Additionally, the plan would increase funding to the Education Department by 41% to $102 billion, with most of the money going to the Title I program, which funds high-poverty schools.
The plan also calls for a 23% increase in funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and would create a new agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health that would focus on innovative research.
The plan also grants $69 billion towards public housing and an additional $14 billion towards fighting climate change and protecting the environment.