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President Biden’s request for discretionary funding for next year (fiscal year 2022) would substantially increase funding for nondefense programs, particularly in the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs. Overall, the total discretionary request for 2022 (including both defense and nondefense spending) would be an 8.6 percent ($121.1 billion) increase from 2021 funding levels. Nondefense programs would see a 15.8 percent ($109.9 billion) increase, while defense funding would rise by 1.6 percent ($11.3 billion).
Below are further details about the four departments that would receive the largest shares of the increase in nondefense funding.
All told, the President’s 2022 discretionary funding request would put nondefense discretionary funding at 3.4 percent of GDP, which is below the 3.5 percent average ratio over the past 30 years.
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