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President Joe Biden’s proposed $5.8 trillion federal budget for Fiscal Year 2023 raises overall domestic expenditure by 7%, increases military spending by 10%, and includes a slew of new tax levies for high-income earners, while also hiking the corporate income tax from 21% to 28%.
The 149-page proposed budget, which was released on March 29, is not a set-in-stone, line-by-line appropriations bill, but rather an outline of aspirational spending demands that Congress will likely revise extensively over the spring and summer before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
That is, if an annual spending plan is adopted before the fiscal year starts.
Since 2016, Congress has not passed an annual budget before the start of a fiscal year, instead opting to fund the government through continuing resolutions, such as the 2,741-page, $1.5 trillion federal appropriations bill passed by both chambers on March 9 and 10, five months after Fiscal Year 2022 began.
The White House said its “bipartisan unity program” will cut $1 trillion from the US’ spending-over-revenue imbalance over the next decade in what it calls “a center-leaning budget.”
Significant increases in funding for local, state, and federal law enforcement, as well as a “whole of government” approach to climate change, are included in the budget request.
The proposed budget outline allocates $1.6 trillion in domestic spending, a 7% increase over current levels, to affordable housing, prescription drug, child care, and health-care premium cost reductions, and port infrastructure improvements to address supply chain disruptions that contributed to rapid inflation.
It excludes progressive priorities like student loan forgiveness, despite a $2.7 billion increase in funding for student debt relief (a 43 percent increase).
Biden’s domestic plan, Build Back Better, is referenced only once and without any details.
The first focus of congressional Republicans’ reactions was on the budget request’s inconsistencies, notably with reference to precise expenditures and revenue predictions for social programs and climate change projects.
Senate Budget Committee Republicans released a memo on March 28 labeling the planned budget a “phantom placeholder” to “conceals the expense of the doomed, reckless, tax-and-spend measure.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, said the budget request puts the on on Congress to fill in the gaps, and he urged members of both chambers to commit to doing so by Sept. 30.
“Now that the president has completed his work, it is up to Congress to analyze it, pass the plans that make sense, and improve upon it,” Sanders said in a statement, noting that the committee’s first hearing on the proposed spending outline will take place on March 30 at 11 a.m. EST.
The proposed FY23 budget includes the following highlights, which are sure to be the basis of long deliberations:
Military: Biden’s budget request calls for $813.3 billion in national security spending, up $31 billion, or 4%, from 2022.
The US Department of Defense will receive $773 billion from the overall budget, a 10% increase, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine escalates tensions in Europe, China poses a growing threat to Taiwan and the South China Sea, and North Korea launches intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) aimed at the US.
Funding for modernizing nuclear weapons systems, including a new class of ICBM submarines and greater investments in bombers and land-based ICBMs, is included in the proposed military appropriations, as well as a 4.6 percent pay boost for uniformed service members and civilian DOD employees.
The budget notes, “We are at the start of a pivotal decade that will define the future strategic competition with China, the trajectory of the climate problem, and whether the rules regulating technology, trade, and international economics enshrine or violate our democratic principles.”
In his budget request, Biden stated, “This will be among the greatest investments in our national security in history.” “While some may object to the rise, we live in a different world now. When America is more safe, it is more rich, successful, and just.”
Sanders is one of many who opposes the hike, claiming it is excessive. “No, we do not need a large increase in the defense budget at a time when we already spend more on the military than the next 11 countries combined,” he said in his budget statement.
In their initial reactions to the budget agreement, numerous Republicans argued it was too low. In a statement, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the leading Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “Preserving the peace needs considerable investment—and the President’s defense budget falls short.”
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said, “Unfortunately, President Biden’s FY23 budget has shown to be, once again, totally inadequate.”
“Most critically, this budget fails to account for the nation’s catastrophic havoc caused by record-high inflation. My colleagues and I made it clear to Vice President Biden that our warfighters require a defense budget that is 5% more than inflation.”
Biden’s budget proposal includes $32 billion in increased funding for local, state, and federal law enforcement to assist fund community policing, violence interventions, and anti-gun trafficking programs.
The plan calls for $17.4 billion in funding for federal law enforcement agencies, up $1.7 billion (or 13 percent) from current levels. This includes $1.8 billion for the United States Marshals Service to apprehend fugitives, $1.7 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to combat gun trafficking, $72.1 million to prosecute violent crimes, and $69 million to support FBI programs aimed at violent crimes against children.
Biden’s budget proposal includes a slew of ambitious targets to cut prescription medication, child care, and health-care premium costs, but few specifics.
The proposal notes, “Because discussions with Congress are ongoing, the President’s budget includes a deficit-neutral reserve fund to account for future legislation.”
Immigration: The US Customs and Border Protection agency would receive $15.3 billion, while US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would receive more than $8.1 billion, including $309 million for border security technology and $19 million for border fencing and other infrastructure, according to the budget proposal.
Climate Change: The budget plan proposes for a $45 billion increase in “whole-of-government” appropriations among five federal agencies, a $16.7 billion increase over current levels.
The proposed formation of a US Justice Department Office of Environmental Justice, as well as a $10 million Small Business Administration program for small renewable energy businesses, are among the proposals.
Deficit: The Biden plan would reduce the nation’s spending-to-revenues deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next decade, thanks to a new income tax of 20% for households earning more than $100 million and a one-third increase in the corporate income tax.
The new “billionaire tax,” according to the White House, will produce $360 billion over the next ten years.
The nation’s corporation tax rate, which was slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent during former President Donald Trump’s administration in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would be raised to 28 percent under the proposed plan, boosting estimated revenues by $650 billion by 2033.
It looks like a communist administration because it is one; Why is society paralyzed? Find your courage in the word, Matthew 5:44 says: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Satan is building his own army just like God. In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus tells his apostles they have been given power over unclean spirits, and sends them out to spread the word. We hold power over unclean spirits and our prayer can move mountains. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
After Attorney General Dave Yost rejected a proposed bill banning vaccine mandates on March 11, a group of Ohio citizens says they would not give up. Yost had declined the initiative for the fourth time.
He emphasized the fact that the ballot summary text provided by the proposal’s backers is incorrect this time.
Yost wrote to Diana Smith, the ballot initiative’s creator, alleging that the proposed ballot summary incorrectly said that the proposed law would prohibit employers from discriminating against people based on their vaccination status.
He also pointed out that the proposed measure’s summary falsely claims that public entities cannot deter businesses from breaking the law or penalize firms for refusing to do so.
Yost also pointed out two other areas in which the draft summary misrepresented the proposed law’s impact on businesses.
The “Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act,” if passed by voters, would make it illegal for anyone, including public officials and employees, government agencies, local governments, schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, residential care facilities, health-care providers, insurers, institutions, and employers, to force people to get vaccines.
Bars, restaurants, live entertainment venues, and other establishments would be prohibited from refusing service to anyone based on their immunization status.
The measure would also give Ohioans the option of not disclosing their vaccination status, and anyone who believes the law has been broken might initiate a civil case against the alleged violator.
According to the initiated statute procedure, petitioners must submit their proposal to the attorney general’s office with signatures from 1,000 Ohio voters from at least 44 of the state’s 88 counties.
If Yost and the ballot board approve the issue, the group will need to gather approximately 132,000 signatures to get it to the state legislature.
The proposal has a four-month deadline for lawmakers to pass it. If that doesn’t happen, petitioners can collect signatures and place the issue on the general election ballot for voters to decide.
House Bill 248, which was introduced on April 6, 2021, and received six hearings, the last on August 24, 2021, is comparable to the ballot measure. Despite receiving over 1,300 proponent testimonies, the bill remains in the House Health Committee.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce opposes the proposed legislation, as well as any legislation that would place restrictions on what businesses can and cannot do in response to vaccine mandates.
Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio is a supporter of the COVID-19 vaccine and has stated that he will not sign any bill that prohibits vaccinations.
In September 2021, Republican State Rep. Jennifer Gross, the bill’s sponsor, was removed from the health committee by Republican Speaker of the House Rep. Bob Cupp.
Cupp informed Gross that she had been removed from the committee because she had introduced a discharge petition to have HB 248 removed from the health committee and placed on the House floor for a vote.
The petition did not receive the minimum number of signatures, and HB 248 is currently stuck in committee.
When Smith, a Certified Medical Assistant who resides in the little community of Bradford in northwest Ohio, realized that HB 248 was stuck in the health committee, she decided to move forward with the ballot issue in October 2021.
“Our elected representatives refused to respect the Ohio Constitution and refused to allow HB 248 to be voted on.” As a result, I began the initiative petition.
“I went to the Ohio attorney general’s website and pulled samples from previous ballot proposals to put together the summary,” Smith explained.
“I am not a vaccine skeptic. I am an outspoken opponent of mandates and discrimination. People should be able to do their own research and pick what they want done to their body without discrimination.”
Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom (OAMF) representatives were working on similar projects and connected with Smith and her volunteer team.
For the four attempts to win clearance from Yost, those groups contacted multiple citizen organizations around the state to collect more than 8,000 signatures.
According to attorney Nick Owens, the most recent rejection, claiming that the statute summary was not “fair and truthful,” is by far the most absurd, because the summary language was derived directly from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s own H.B. 248 bill analysis, which was distributed to all members of the Ohio General Assembly. In the fourth proposal submission, Owens represented Smith.
“Either Attorney General Yost’s rejection of the initiated statute petition is an overt attempt to prevent Ohio citizens from exercising their constitutional right to bypass an impotent legislative body that has consistently ignored Ohioans, or the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is incompetent in analyzing and summarizing legislation that they are drafting for Members of the Ohio General Assembly,” said OAMF president Stephanie Stock.
“Legislative members and the general public rely heavily on LSC’s bill analysis when choosing whether to support or oppose upcoming legislation,” Stock added.
“The latest rejection of this citizen-initiated bill should make all Ohioans, conservatives and liberals alike, wonder if the state even has a functional representative government.”
Devon Horsman, a Beavercreek resident, signed the fourth petition and worked behind the scenes to support the first three campaigns.
Horsman, a midwife, feels that people should be able to make their own decisions about what they inject into their bodies.
“This is something that the people of Ohio desire.” “That was demonstrated by the amount of proponent testimonies on HB 248,” Horsman said. “This matter should be taken out of the hands of the state legislature and put to the people to decide.”
As the Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom President stated, the rejection of these proposals is either a blatant display of Attorney General Dave Yost’s opposition toward his people, or a painful example of incompetence. Either way you look at it, we have no time to be dealing with such ignorance. The man needs to be voted out and replaced with someone who has genuine concern for the rights of American citizens. The same can be said with the numerous politicians who are seemingly unaware of the fact that they are asphyxiating freedom loving citizens globally via tyrannical policy. Prayers go out to attorney general Dave Yost and his family so that he may acknowledge Gods will in his life; As well as those he seeks to persecute. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
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