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President Bush's Budget and Minnesota

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:

  1. An unprecedented $132.3 billion for Federal research and development,
    a 45% increase since 2001, including a record $5.6 billion for the
    National Science Foundation's vital science, education, and basic
    research programs, an increase of $132 million over 2005; and $485
    million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to
    support core fundamental research and facilities, an increase of $34
    million over 2005.
  2. $210 million for assessment and clean up of about 600 brownfields
    properties, $46 million more than in 2005, spurring development in
    former manufacturing areas in our inner cities.
  3. A $144-million increase to continue upgrading National Park Service
  4. Over $1 billion to support the development of reliable, affordable,
    and emissions-free sources of energy, including hydrogen fuel, clean
    coal, and cutting-edge nuclear technology.

Budget Items of Special Interest to Minnesota

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.

The Budget provides over $74 million to Minnesota for the Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - more
commonly known as WIC - a $4 million 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:

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