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A look at the winners, losers in president’s proposed budget

February 6, 2007

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Some agencies would win big under President Bush's fiscal 2008 budget proposal, while others would suffer slashed funds. Here are some notable winners and losers:

Winners

Defense Department: $624.6 billion, a 4.1 percent increase from 2007. The Army would get $130.1 billion, a 20.4 percent increase. Some $37.6 billion would go to fix or replace equipment destroyed in battle.

Veterans Affairs: $84.4 billion, a 13.3 percent increase from 2007. The VA will treat nearly 263,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war vets; the budget seeks $36.6 billion for medical care, including $3 billion for mental health.

State Department: $37.4 billion, a 12.9 percent increase from 2007. Seeks to triple funding for the Millennium Challenge Corp., to $3 billion. The corporation provides aid to 11 fledgling democracies that meet U.S.-set fiscal criteria.

Interior Department: $10.1 billion, a 4.1 percent increase from 2007. Seeks $1.9 billion for national parks, a 13 percent increase, including 40 percent more for daily park operations than when Bush took office. Seeks a $100 million match from citizens' contributions.

Labor Department: $50.4 billion, a 7.9 percent increase from 2007. Seeks $313 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration, a 13 percent increase from 2007 request.

Losers

Amtrak: $800 million, $500 million less than fiscal 2007.

Environmental Protection Agency: $7.1 billion, a 4.9 percent cut from fiscal 2007.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance: $1.8 billion, down from $3.2 billion, a 56 percent cut.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting: $350 million, down from $460 million in fiscal 2007.

Education Department: $62.6 billion, a 5 percent cut from fiscal 2007. Would eliminate more than three dozen programs.

Labor Department's Bureau of International Labor Affairs: Would cut from $73 million to $14 million, nearly 81 percent.

Office of Disability Employment Policy: Would cut from $28 million to $19 million, or 32 percent.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Would cut by $550 million.

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