Biden budget release changed to May 28

By Tony Bertuca / May 19, 2021 at 6:57 PM

The Biden administration now expects to submit its fiscal year 2022 budget request to Congress on May 28, not May 27, according to Rob Friedlander, a spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Democrats and the GOP are gearing up for a months-long budget fight, with top Senate Republicans calling for parity in defense and non-defense spending.

Key Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees say they support Biden's defense topline, while Republicans seek an increase between 3% and 5%. More progressive Democrats seek a 10% cut to defense spending.

The Biden administration has set a $715 billion topline for the Pentagon and a total defense budget of $753 billion.

The total defense budget proposed for FY-22 is a 1.7% increase above the $740.5 billion enacted in FY-21. The Trump administration had projected $759 billion.

In FY-21, Congress enacted $704 billion for the Pentagon, making Biden's new proposal a slight decrease in real terms when adjusted for inflation.