President Biden released his proposed fiscal year 2023 budget yesterday. It calls for $813 billion in military spending, a 4 percent, or $30 billion increase, from the 2022 budget, which was a 5 percent increase from the 2021 military budget, which was a $733 million increase from the 2022 budget, which was 4.4 percent increase from the 2019 budget…
Here is what the Biden administration wants to spend almost $1 trillion on:
$773 billion for the Pentagon specifically;
$34.4 billion for nuclear weapon modernization;
$24.7 billion for missile “defense” programs;
$24.5 billion for the space force program;
$6.9 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative (aka boosting U.S. military presence in Europe); and
$1.8 billion for expanding U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Yesterday, Ukrainian and Russian officials held another round of high-level negotiations in Turkey. Ukraine says it will accept neutral status and be a non-nuclear country and Russia says it will reduce some military activity “to increase mutual trust.” While these developments give some reason for optimism, Biden’s proposed FY2023 does the opposite.
Following Biden’s budget announcement, Senator Bernie Sanders released a statement as the Senate Budget Committee Chairman. He criticized Biden’s budget proposal for doing far too little to address the climate emergency, failing to create needed good-paying jobs to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, and for unnecessarily increasing the already bloated Pentagon budget.