Biden budget plan would slash Army Corps — again

By Annie Snider | 03/11/2024 04:16 PM EDT

The president’s fiscal 2025 budget proposal also has money to address fallout from the Supreme Court’s Sackett v. EPA ruling.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters in Washington.

Army Corps of Engineers headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Biden administration proposed a 17 percent cut to the Army Corps of Engineers’ budget for its water resources work, reserving funding for projects with the biggest payoffs for climate resiliency, public safety, the environment and the economy.

The $7.2 billion budget request for fiscal 2025 follows a long tradition of presidential administrations proposing cuts for the popular agency to offset spending requests for policy priorities elsewhere in the budget, knowing that lawmakers are all but certain to increase funding.

But this year’s presidential budget request is even more of a messaging exercise than usual. Congress and the White House only just last week agreed to appropriations measures funding the government through the end of fiscal 2024. There’s virtually no chance they’ll reach agreement on funding again before the presidential election in November.


The budget blueprint calls for $930 million for operations and maintenance work along the country’s system of locks and dams, and $1.7 billion for work to maintain and deepen coastal ports — a major cut from the $2.8 billion that the bipartisan fiscal 2024 budget agreement spends for such work out of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.