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His proposal aims at reducing the deficit by nearly US$3 trillion over the next decade "by making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share."
On Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. The 182-page proposal projected the federal government's spending of US$6.9 trillion throughout fiscal year 2024, starting on Oct. 1, 2023, and ending on Sept. 30, 2024.
The U.S. has been heavily criticized for hefty spending on military activities. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 allocated nearly US$817 billion to the Pentagon.
Andrew Lautz, director of federal policy for the National Taxpayers Union and National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), wrote on Thursday that the NTUF is skeptical of the 2024 Biden defense budget request, and believes that "all taxpayers should be too."
Hundreds of Americans attended a rally in Washington, D.C. last month to protest against massive money funneling into Ukraine, as well as the role of the U.S. in the Ukrainian conflict.
"The United States is playing way too much on the military," Scholz-Karabakakis, a protester from Vermont, said, while he accused Washington of "expanding outwards to the borders" of other countries and "creating anxiety, fear around the world."
The executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Catherine Russell, denounced the devastating impact on the mental health and well-being of children left by the conflict in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/jPaAde8jmE