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Highlights: Obama’s proposed Treasury Department budget would boost funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion in an attempt to improve tax enforcement and customer service. The budget also provides resources to implement the president’s health law.

The vast majority of Treasury’s budget goes to the IRS, which has faced deep spending cuts the past several years. The agency’s budget has declined from $12.2 billion in 2010 to $11.3 billion in the current budget year.

The IRS says budget cuts have hurt customer service so much that only 60 percent of people who call toll-free help lines reach a real person who can help them. Obama’s budget is designed to improve customer service so that 80 percent of callers get help.

Obama’s proposed budget would exceed spending caps agreed to by Congress by spending an additional $480 million to beef up tax enforcement. The Treasury Department estimates that for every $1 spent on enforcement, the IRS collects an additional $6.00.

Over the next 10 years, the Treasury Department projects that increased spending on enforcement would generate an additional $35 billion in tax revenue.

Agency: Veterans Affairs

Discretionary spending: $65.3 billion

Percentage change from 2014: 3 percent increase

Highlights: The bulk of the department’s discretionary spending - $56 billion - would go toward veterans’ medical care. Obama seeks a 2.7 percent increase in medical spending as the number of patients treated at VA hospitals and outpatient clinics continues to rise. VA health care enrollment is projected to reach 9.3 million in 2015.

Discretionary spending is far outstripped by mandatory obligations to veterans, however. The department expects $95.6 billion in mandatory spending, mostly disability and pension payments.

Obama seeks to spend $312 million on technological improvements in hopes of eliminating a longstanding backlog of disability claims. An estimated 4.9 million veterans and survivors are expected to receive disability payments next year.

The budget includes more than $7 billion to continue expanding mental health services and $1.6 billion for programs designed to get homeless veterans into housing. About $589 million would go for medical research, including advances in prosthetic limbs to help those wounded in war.

Obama also wants an additional one-time infusion of $400 million, beyond the spending set in December’s bipartisan budget deal, for construction projects, critical safety fixes and service improvements.

The president again seeks to create a Veterans Job Corps, at a cost of $1 billion, to put thousands of veterans to work restoring trails, roads, natural habitats and other features of parks and public lands over the next five years. Congress didn’t embrace that idea in previous years.

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