Obama Unveils Final Budget Proposal of Presidency

President Barack Obama presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 to Congress on Feb. 9, 2016, the final budget proposal of his presidency. The Republican-controlled Congress deemed the $4.1 trillion proposal both “dead before arrival” and “dead on arrival.”

Federal budgets each fiscal year begin with the president’s budget proposal. From there, committees within the House and Senate and those of the various cabinet offices meet to offer their own ideas and changes. In this, his final budget proposal, Republicans let it be known that the long-held precedent of hearing from the president’s budget chief before beginning to draft their own budget proposals was null and void. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “This isn’t even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans.” (WashingtonPost.com)

The Budget Message of the President

Still, the president went through the time-honored motions of officially presenting his administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. Like previous lame-duck presidents, Obama’s proposal represents his vision of America and the paths he would like to see it take moving forward.

In his message to Congress, the president wrote, “The budget is a road map to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations: a future of opportunity and security for all of our families; a rising standard of living; and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids. This future is within our reach. But just as it took the collective efforts of the American people to rise from the recession and rebuild an even stronger economy, so will it take all of us working together to meet the challenges that lie ahead.” (CNN.com)

Key Facts of Obama’s Final Budget Proposal of Presidency for Fiscal Year 2017

Specifics of the president’s budget proposal:

  • Budget total: $4.15 trillion, representing an increase in federal spending of less than 5 percent

  • Budget breakdown by 17 government functions:

    *Social Security: $976 billion, an increase of 4.7 percent over 2016 budget

*National Defense: $619 billion, an increase of 0.7 percent over 2016 budget

*Medicare: $605 billion, an increase of 0.6 percent over 2016 budget

*Health: $568 billion, an increase of 5.8 percent over 2016 budget

*Income Security: $550 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent over 2016 budget

*Net Interest: $303 billion, an increase of 26.1 percent over 2016 budget

*Veterans Benefits and Services: $179 billion, an increase of 9 percent over 2016 budget

*Education, Training, Employment and Social Services: $128 billion, an increase of 14.1 percent over 2016 budget

*Transportation: $109 billion, an increase of 20.4 percent over 2016 budget

*Administration of Justice: $60 billion, an increase of 5.1 percent over 2016 budget

*International Affairs: $58 billion, a decrease of 2.1 percent under 2016 budget

*Natural Resources and Environment: $42 billion, an increase of 2.5 percent over 2016 budget

*General Government: $32 billion, an increase of 25.8 percent over 2016 budget

*General Science, Space and Technology: $32 billion, an increase of 1.3 percent over 2016 budget

*Community and Regional Development: $30 billion, an increase of 61.8 percent over 2016 budget

*Agriculture: $25 billion, a decrease of 23.7 percent under 2016 budget

*Energy: $9 billion, an increase of 10.6 percent over 2016 budget

Sources: CNN.com


WashingtonPost.com (Budget Proposal Breakdown)

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