On Feb. 4, the Bush administration formally released a proposal
for the fiscal year 2003 federal budget. The administration is
seeking $2.13 trillion in overall spending for the fiscal year,
which begins Oct. 1, and sent its budget request to Congress to
begin the appropriations process by which federal agencies and
programs are funded.
Bush's budget would increase federal spending by 9 percent over
fiscal year 2002, but when defense, homeland security and economic
stimulus are removed from the budget formula, the growth figure
drops to 2 percent. This means many agencies and programs would see
their budgets cut, frozen or only grow slightly. For example, Bush
is seeking a reduction in Environmental Protection Agency spending
from $7.9 billion in 2002 to $7.6 billion in 2003. The Occupational
Safety and Health Administration's budget would be cut by 1.3
percent from the 2002...
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