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Although President Obama is ready to release his budget for the 2017 fiscal year, Congress has the final say on how the country’s money can be spent.
While the legislature can allocate more or less money to certain suggestions in the $4 trillion plan, Republicans in control of the Senate and the House have already said they're not even considering the president's proposal. One sign of this: the White House budget director was not invited to present the proposal for the first time in 40 years.
The president’s initiatives include a huge oil tax, Vice President Joe Biden’s “moonshot” to cure cancer, education and employment, and Medicaid expansion. NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what's next for the budget.
This segment aired on February 9, 2016.