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The president’s budget plan also calls for $124 million to “support, expand and enhance” the E-Verify system employers can use to verify that employees are legally allowed to work in the United States. Obama has continued to push for broad immigration legislation but Republicans have been largely opposed, citing the need for border security before addressing other immigration issues. There have also been calls in recent years from some in Congress to make the use of E-verify mandatory.

The budget proposal also includes $10 million to help train local law enforcement on how to respond to mass shooting and bolster the department’s “If You See Something, Say Something” program as it relates to helping prevent gun violence. President Barack Obama has unsuccessfully pushed for stronger gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.

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Agency: Housing and Urban Development

Discretionary spending: $32.6 billion

Percentage change from 2014: 3.3 percent decrease

Highlights: The department, established in 1965, calls for a budget that would provide rental housing assistance for some 4.5 million families with low incomes, including vouchers for 2.2 million.

Among the proposals are $2.4 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, part of the administration’s effort to end chronic homelessness and the problem of homelessness among the nation’s veterans.

Including the various proposals are $45 million for affordable housing to the elderly and those with disabilities.

After housing took a major hit during the recent recession, the budget calls for billions of dollars for a program to help communities struggling with blight from abandoned and foreclosed homes.

The proposal comes as home prices increased in January after three months of decline, attributed in part to the limited supply of properties, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic.

Under the program, HUD partners with local governments, provides money for job training and explores private investment.

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Agency: Interior

Discretionary spending: $11.5 billion

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