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Biden Budget Woos Moderates With Deficit Cuts, Flexibility

  • Divided Democratic caucus stiffens challenge for fiscal plan
  • Biden 2023 budget plan offers guide to White House priorities
President Joe Biden 

President Joe Biden 

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President Joe Biden’s budget release on Monday is shaping up as a direct appeal to moderate Democrats, emphasizing deficit reduction and flexibility on social spending as the White House hopes to win support for new legislation before November’s midterm elections.

The request will show a $1 trillion reduction in deficit spending over the coming decade, generated in part by a new tax targeting the income and unrealized capital gains of billionaires. Federal spending will decline $1.3 trillion from last year alone, as pandemic assistance programs and emergency financing offered to state and local governments are eliminated.