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President Bush's Budget and the District of Columbia

February 7, 2005
The President's Budget builds on his first term's progress by focusing resources on the Nation's priorities while exercising prudent spending restraint in order to achieve the President's goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009.

Defending our Nation from attack by increasing funding for defense, homeland security, and international assistance and security efforts, including:

Building on pro-growth economic policies by making the President's tax cuts permanent and by expanding opportunity and education for all Americans, including:

Assisting those most in need by promoting accessible health care, providing shelter to the homeless, and fighting the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, including:

Providing vital resources to advance scientific research, develop clean and affordable sources of energy, clean up polluted sites in our inner cities, and maintain our commitment to our Nation's parks, including:

Budget Items of Special Interest to the District of Columbia (D.C.)

On top of the dramatic funding increases for key K-12 programs since 2001, the President's Budget provides continued support for No Child Left Behind.

Under the President's Budget, D.C. would receive more than $53 million in Title I funding for the No Child Left Behind Act in 2006, a 6.2% increase over 2005 and a 94% increase since the President took office.

The 2006 Budget also provides more than $15 million in special education funding for D.C. through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), a 6% increase over 2005 and an 87% increase since the President took office.

The Budget provides over $14 million to D.C. for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - more commonly known as WIC - a 6.4% increase over 2005. WIC serves the nutritional needs of low- income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to their fifth birthday.

The 2006 Budget also includes:

A proposal to increase the amount of Federal funding the District receives for foster care and adoption assistance. The 2006 Budget would increase the District's reimbursement rate under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act from 50 to 70 percent. Title IV-E is the primary Federal funding source that provides foster care and adoption subsidy payments, which enable families to adopt special needs children from foster care. This adjustment will bring the Title IV-E Federal match rate in line with the District's Medicaid match rate, as it is in the States.

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