April 13, 2001

A Closer Look Shows the Bush Budget Cuts Domestic Appropriations

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On April 11, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released The Myth of the 4 Percent Spending Increase. This report evaluates the President's claim that his fiscal year 2002 budget proposes a four percent increase in funding for appropriated programs, a claim the media have generally taken at face value. However, this four percent figure applies to total discretionary (i.e., non-entitlement) funding, not to domestic discretionary programs. Most of that increase is devoted to defense, international affairs, and a new "emergency reserve" for major natural disasters. Funding for domestic appropriated programs would increase only 1.5 percent and would be $9 billion below the level the Congressional Budget Office says is needed just to keep pace with inflation.

The Center's report, which relies on CBO's re-estimates of the President's budget (which CBO provided in March to the House and Senate Budget Committees), as well as the budget numbers OMB released on April 9, finds that: