President Obama is to set out his plans to increase the spending for domestic and military spending, with commentators pointing to new battle lines being drawn between the president and members of the Republican party.
The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama is aiming to call for seven percent rise in U.S. domestic and military spending in his budget. The rise in the spending would effectively end the caps on spending known as “sequestration”.
According to a report by Reuters, the fiscal 2016 budget, which the administration plans to unveil today, would fund a host of programmes that Republicans are very unlikely to give
The announcement in the change to the budget comes after the President delivered a confident and defiant State of the Union address in which he appeared to brush away concerns about moving forward with political aims despite the fact that the Republican party has control of both the Senate and Congress which is going to make political progress very difficult in reality.
While President Obama is now in a position of weakness without the support or his own Democrat party to help move policy through, it appears that he is willing to use his veto as president to be able to counter increasing opposition by the Republicans.
According to Reuters, President Obama has maintained a tone of defiance during remarks to congressional Democrats in Philadelphia, promising not to remain on the sidelines during the last two years of his presidency and urging lawmakers to be unapologetic about backing progressive policies.
“Let’s make sure that we end this across-the-board sequester,” he said. “Let’s make sure we’re funding the things that we know help American families succeed.”
The jump in the spending over the cap includes $530 billion in non-defense discretionary spending, which is $37 billion above the caps, and $561 billion in defense outlays, which is $38 billion above.
“This is the beginning of a negotiation,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “We’re certainly open to ideas that Republicans have.”
According to Reuters, the proposals got a quick brush-off from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, which noted the administration tried unsuccessfully to do away with the cuts before.
“Previous budgets submitted by the president have purported to reverse the bipartisan spending limits through tax increases that the Congress, even under Democrats, could never accept,” said Don Stewart, McConnell’s deputy chief of staff.