Lawmakers to Release Budget Alternatives Next Week

Rep. Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, will be among lawmakers releasing alternative budget plans next week/Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Last month, President Obama released his seventh annual budget proposal, outlining how he would spend $4 trillion in fiscal year 2016. Next week, we expect to see alternative budget proposals from both the House of Representatives and Senate Budget Committees as well as from the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget.

Next week, when the budget alternatives are released, we’ll be taking a look at how each major budget proposal stacks up on issues you care about. Here’s what polling shows:

  • 85 percent of Americans are concerned U.S. intervention in Iraq and Syria will lead to a long and costly involvement there.
  • 74 percent of Americans believe the federal government should be doing a substantial amount to combat climate change.
  • 68 percent think the wealthy don’t pay enough in taxes while 66 percent think corporations pay too little.
  • 67 percent of Americans say improving the job situation is a key issue facing the president and Congress this year.
  • 66 percent say making the Social Security system sound if a key priority for Congress and the president this year.
  • 65 percent of Americans think making improvements to infrastructure should be a high priority.

Stay tuned for this year’s version of Competing Visions on the federal budget, that compares how the president and some lawmakers would break down the federal budget.