Competing Visions: President Obama, House Budget Committee, Senate Budget Committee, and Congressional Progressive Caucus Release Budget Proposals for 2016

National Priorities Project
By Jasmine Tucker
3/19/15

National Priorities Project examines how new budget proposals stack up against Americans’ priorities.

(A better display of these tables is here.)

Public Opinion: What Do Americans Want? President Obama House Budget Committee Senate Budget Committee House Congressional Progressive Caucus
Domestic Discretionary Funding(Education, energy and environment, housing, job training, etc.)
Opinion polls suggest that domestic investment in areas such as infrastructure, climate change, the economy, and immigration are top priorities for Americans. Other polls show Americans would prefer to see higher tax revenue to fund these priorities. Provides an additional $37 billion for domestic investment above Budget Control Act spending levels in 2016, and $178 billion more than current law over 10 years. Maintains current cuts to domestic programs under the Budget Control Act and proposes cutting non-defense discretionary spending by an additional $759 billion over 10 years. Maintains current cuts to domestic programs under the Budget Control Act, and proposes cutting non-defense discretionary spending by an additional $236 billion over 10 years. Provides an additional $1.5 trillion for domestic investment above Budget Control Act spending levels over 10 years.
Job Creation

67 percent say improving the job situation is a key issue facing the president and Congress this year. Invests $478 billion over six years to create jobs in surface transportation repairs and includes $146 billion in 2016 for expansion of research and development (R&D) tax credit to grow manufacturing and create jobs. No new funding for job creation. No new funding for job creation. Says reduced spending and regulation will indirectly lead to job creation. Invests nearly $1.3 trillion over 10 years in job creation measures such as aid to states to rehire police, fire fighters, teachers and other public employees, and in infrastructure spending.

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