Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bush Budget Would Cut Domestic Discretionary Programs by $20 Billion in 2009

The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities does an excellent job of analyzing Federal spending.
The President’s 2009 budget would provide some $20.5 billion[1] less for domestic discretionary programs outside of homeland security — a broad category of programs that includes everything from child care to environmental protection to medical research — than the 2008 level, adjusted for inflation.[2]

The budget calls for reductions in a broad range of services, including some areas that have seen sizable cuts in recent years. For example, the budget would cut child care, environmental protection, and job training — all areas for which funding in 2008 is well below funding earlier in the decade, after adjusting for inflation. …

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