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2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Cuts Funding for Head Start: Bipartisan Reauthorization Bill Enacted Two Weeks Before Omnibus Was Completed Called for Increased Investment

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Publication Date: February 2008

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

Author(s): Sharon Parrott

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 new budget provides $15 billion less for domestic appropriated programs in fiscal year 2009 than will be needed to maintain current levels of service in these programs (i.e., to keep funding for these programs even with inflation). It can be difficult, however, for the public and policymakers to understand the implications of differing levels of funding for appropriated programs as a whole. Yet decisions on those overall funding levels have important implications for key public services.