President Releases Outline of Discretionary Budget Request

On April 9, 2021, President Biden released his discretionary budget request. The request included a 16 percent increase for non-defense discretionary spending and a 23.5 percent increase in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The “skinny” budget outlined top-line numbers for federal agencies and did not include specific funding levels for programs like health centers. The entire budget will be introduced in May or June. Negotiations over the size and scope of Biden’s FY22 budget and other spending priorities continue. While Democrats look to reconciliation to pass major legislation, Biden met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on April 12, 2021, to discuss his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal.