SAN DIEGO -- President Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan proposes to increase defense spending for the first time in 5 years and by a lot.
“That could have a huge impact in a military town like San Diego,” said political analyst, Laura Fink.
Under the President’s plan, the Pentagon would have a $585 billion budget, which is $38 billion more than last year and it includes an additional $51 billion to fight the Islamic State.
The Air Force could also get some $820 million to spend on 29 MQ-9 Reaper drones made by General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc. in San Diego.
Monday Obama asked Congress to also act on childcare tax credits, increase taxes on the wealthy and close tax loopholes for large banks.
“This is Obama’s opening bid on the budget and the Republicans now have to respond,” said Fink.
Many of the President’s proposals possibly have little to no shot in being adopted by a Republican dominated Congress but could help set an early platform for Democrats leading into general election campaigns next year, said Fink.
Republicans have already blasted the President accusing him of wanting to spend beyond his means.
“It’s delusional. He gave us a budget that says 'I didn’t hear the voter'. He wants to go down as the most liberal President in modern history and he’s doing it by delivering a budget he knows has no hope,” said Republican U.S. Representative from San Diego, Darrell Issa.