President Biden will propose a $715 billion fiscal year 2022 budget for the Pentagon, Inside Defense has confirmed.
The figure was first reported by Bloomberg News. Additional details on the FY-22 topline are expected today, while a more detailed budget will be released later this spring.
The $715 billion topline for the Pentagon, which is less than the $722 billion planned for FY-22 by the Trump administration, does not include other national defense spending like that of the Energy Department. In FY-21, the Congress enacted a $704 billion Pentagon budget, making Biden's new proposal a decrease of less than 0.5% in real terms when adjusting for inflation.
Republicans have called for annual defense increases of 3% to 5%, while some liberal Democrats are pushing for a 10% cut.
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