Biden budget bakes in billions for nuclear weapons

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Mark Perry

“For those anticipating a significant shift in national priorities in the wake of the huge increase in defense expenditures during the last administration — to the tune of some $100 billion over four years — President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 national defense budget is a major disappointment. On Friday, the Biden administration submitted its fiscal year 2022 budget request — with a whopping $752.9 billion set aside for national defense, $715 billion of which is designated for the Pentagon. The proposed funding actually increases defense expenditures by some $11 billion from the Trump years. … Most disappointing for progressives is the Biden administration’s apparent endorsement of the Trump administration’s decision to spend big in ‘modernizing’ America’s nuclear forces — a decision that could cost the nation upwards of $1.5 trillion over the next fifteen years and as much as $634 billion over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” (06/01/21)