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President Biden gave his first State of the Union speech on March 1, focused on Ukraine as well as infrastructure, electric vehicles, gas prices, climate change, manufacturing such as the new Intel semiconductor site in Columbus, child care and paid leave, crime and police training, voting rights, and several health issues: COVID and his “Test to Treat” initiative, opioids, mental health, Cancer Moonshot, and biomedical research through ARPA-H. In the coming weeks, he will announce his FY2023 budget and then Congress can begin work on their 12 appropriations bills.
The year kicked off with more questions than answers: will Congress agree on a final FY2022 appropriations omnibus package or settle for a year-long Continuing Resolution, how will Build Back Better legislation be rewritten and cut back to pass Congress, what key legislation will be enacted by year’s end, and what will the elections in November 2022 mean for the House, Senate and the White House, among others. While much is up in the air, some significant legislative measures are moving through Congress.
On November 15, President Biden signed into law the $1 trillion infrastructure package that passed both chambers with bipartisan support and includes $550 billion in new spending and $450 billion of redirected unused funds. While there was some bipartisan support for the measure, the Build Back Better bill is very partisan, requiring the reconciliation process to pass with a simple majority.