Statement of Chairman Leahy On The Introduction Of The Biden Budget

Today, President Biden introduced a bold vision for an American future, and I share his priorities to build back better. 

In the decade following the Budget Control Act, we lost ground in education, child care, environmental protections, infrastructure, and affordable housing.  The Budget Control Act did not constrain our national debt; it left us a nation in disrepair.  The investments outlined in the Biden budget reflect this reality. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee has already held several oversight hearings, including on the need to invest in our infrastructure and address the threat of domestic violent extremism.  Congress holds the power of the purse, and when the Senate returns in June, our Committee will examine America’s role in global leadership and our national security, and our subcommittees will carefully scrutinize the President’s budget. 

Now, it is essential that Congress, on a bipartisan and bicameral basis, work along-side the White House to negotiate budget toplines so that we can commence the appropriations process for the fiscal year that begins October 1.     

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