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Bush Budget Would Cut Domestic Discretionary Programs by $20 Billion in 2009: Many Cuts Come On Top Of Sizable Reductions In Recent Years

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Publication Date: February 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Sharon Parrott; Kris Cox; Danilo Trisi; Doug Rice

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget; Fiscal future

Type: Report


The President’s 2009 budget would provide some $20.5 billion 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. The budget calls for reductions in a broad range of services, including some areas that have seen sizable cuts in recent years.