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Obama spending plan raises budget for Energy, Education, HUD, HHS and more
The Education and Energy departments are among the big winners in President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget, with each agency receiving a substantial boost in proposed funding.Mr. Obama plans to increase the Education Department by 4.6 percent, to $31.8 billion, including $750 million for expanded universal pre-school services. That initiative would be funded by a new tobacco tax.
The Energy Department, a source of grief in Mr. Obama's first term with scandals such as the Solyndra loan debacle, stands to increase 8 percent in the new budget, to $28.4 billion. The White House said the increased funding would help "respond to the threat of climate change," among other clean-energy initiatives.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development would increase its budget by 9.7 percent, to $47.6 billion. The Transportation Department's budget would increase 5.5 percent, to $76.6 billion, while the Department of Veterans Affairs would rise 8.5 percent, to $63.5 billion. Health and Human Services would increase about 5.1 percent, to $80.1 billion.
The Justice Department's funding would rise 3.1 percent, to $27.6 billion, including $395 million in new spending to combat gun violence.
Among the cabinet agencies that would see decreases in funding are the Defense Department, slated for a cut of 0.7 percent, or $3.9 billion.
Homeland Security also would lose funding, down 1.5 percent to $39 billion. The administration proposes to boost spending by $221 million in that agency to hire 1,600 more border patrol agents and pay for more mobile equipment for border security.
The State Department's budget would decline by 6 percent, to $47.8 billion. But the administration said it is adding $4 billion to enhance the security of diplomatic facilities overseas, including $2.2 billion for embassy security construction, part of the recommendations of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board.
The EPA's budget would decline by 3.5 percent in the new budget.
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Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
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