Federal Eye has a roundup of how President Obama’s budget proposal affects various government departments and agencies. Below are key highlights.
Department of Defense: “The most striking part of Obama’s proposed $526.6 defense budget request is that it fails to acknowledge the prospect that sequestration will remain in effect beyond this year.”
Department of Education: “Obama is proposing several new initiatives aimed at expanding pre-school to all low and moderate income four-year-olds…and streamlining federal programs that support education in science, technology, engineering and math. He wants to expand on the competitive grants that have become a signature of his education policy, this time creating a college version of Race to the Top, which would award $ 1 billion in competitive grants to states that make college more affordable… The budget calls for $300 million for a new program that would reward high schools that develop partnerships with employers and local colleges and redesign secondary education so that high school students are learning skills needed for careers and college.”
Department of Health and Human Services: “As expected, this budget repeats previous proposals by Obama to cut Medicare and other health programs by about $400 billion over the next decade… The budget would also increase Medicare premiums charged to higher income beneficiaries… On the plus side of the ledger are two measures with particular resonance in the wake of Newtown, Conn., school shootings: A new $130 million initiative to expand mental health services, including training for social workers and other professionals who work in schools; and an extra $30 million for programs that research ways to prevent violence.”
National Aeronautics and Space Administration: “The NASA budget includes $78 million, little more than starter money, for a mission that would use a robotic spacecraft to lasso a small asteroid and tug it back to a stable orbit a bit farther from Earth than is the moon. That asteroid could then be visited by astronauts in a spaceship under development.”
The Washington Post has also created a terrific interactive graphic digging much deeper into the budget.