The first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration have come and gone. While somewhat exaggeratedThis milestone is usually viewed as a honeymoon period for any new president. Fueled by a recent election victory and inauguration, he is expected to be at the height of his power when it comes to pushing the biggest and boldest items on his agenda.
And indeed, as far as, for example: Infrastructure or Vaccination targets for pandemics, Biden has delivered on a large scale. Blind funding of the Pentagon and its priorities in the stratospheric fashion that has become the essence of Washington, however, has proven to be an entirely different matter. A hundred days later and it’s remarkable how little has changed when it comes to putting money into this country’s vast military infrastructure and the wars that go with it.
For the past decade, the Pentagon budget debate has been partially governed by the government Budgetary Control Actthat set at least nominal caps on spending for both defense and non-defense agencies. In reality, however, unlike so many other government agencies, the Pentagon has never been constrained by such an upper limit. Congress continued to raise its limits as military budgets only grew and, no less importantly, defense spending had a release valve that allowed staggering sums of money to flow in without seriously going into an off-budget fund dedicated to its wars, the “Overseas” was referred to as the contingency operations account. ” The Congress Research Service estimated that from September 11, 2001 through fiscal year 2019, that additional spending amounted to a staggering $ 2 trillion, over and above the Pentagon budget agreed by Congress.
However, now the Budget Control Act has expired, so this government has a remarkable opportunity to realign the country Trillion dollars– plus national security budgets and endless wars, though there is little evidence that such a path is being taken.