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President Bush's Budget and Texas

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 facilities.
  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 Texas

The Budget provides over $535 million to Texas for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - more commonly known as WIC - a $32 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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