President Joe Biden has sent a letter to Congress effectively killing a number of budget cuts made by his predecessor, the Daily Wire reported Sunday.
The president is looking to walk back dozens of cuts made by Donald Trump for the 2021 fiscal year. According to the Daily Wire, those cuts amounted to $27.4 billion saved for the federal government. But not on Biden’s watch.
“I am withdrawing 73 proposed rescissions previously transmitted to the Congress,” the president wrote in his Sunday letter.
Biden walks it back
Writing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Biden said the move will affect a number of federal agencies including the “Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, Justice, Labor, State, and the Treasury.”
Also impacted are the African Development Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Peace Corps, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, among others, Biden said.
The budget cuts to these agencies were first proposed by Trump on Jan. 14 of this year through a process known as rescission. According to the Daily Wire, rescission gives the president the ability to withhold funding temporarily by sending a formal letter to Congress asking them to craft a law that would solidify the change.
“Upon transmission of such special message, the President may withhold certain funding in the affected accounts for up to 45 legislative session days,” the House Committee on Budget explains on its website, as the Daily Wire noted.
“If a law approving the rescission is not enacted within the 45 days, any withheld funds must be made available for obligation,” the Budget Committee adds.
Trump’s last-ditch effort
According to The Hill, Trump first revealed that he would pursue rescission in December 2020 after Congress passed a massive — and expensive — budget package that included hefty plans for COVID-19 relief.
“I will sign the Omnibus and Covid package with a strong message that makes clear to Congress that wasteful items need to be removed,” Trump said at the time, eager to finalize the deal after months of delay. “I will send back to Congress a redlined version, item by item, accompanied by the formal rescission request to Congress insisting that those funds be removed from the bill.”
While Trump followed through on that promise, it just became the latest of the former president’s accomplishments to be quashed by his successor.
It seems Biden won’t stop until he’s extinguished all remnants of the 45th president’s tenure. How’s that for unity?