2017 budget breakdown

Urging Congress to step up to the challenges of cyber and national security, and embrace the work to be done to address climate change, (federal) customer service and a cure for cancer, President Barack Obama on Feb. 9 released his sweeping $4.1 trillion budget plan.

“My budget makes critical investments while adhering to the bipartisan budget agreement I signed into law last fall, and it lifts sequestration in future years so that we continue to invest in our economic future and our national security,” Obama said in a message included in the budget. “It also drives down deficits and maintains our fiscal progress through smart savings from health care, immigration and tax reforms. And it focuses on meeting our greatest challenges not only for the year ahead, but for decades to come.”

While the top-line number for discretionary spending is not a surprise — Obama signed a bipartisan, biennial budget deal in November — the nearly 200-page document offers a look at where the administration’s priorities are as it heads into its final 10 months.

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OMB Director Shaun Donovan said during a press conference Tuesday that in an administration’s final budget, you can see a plan that “trims its sails and dials back on ambition,” or a budget that is “solely a vision document with little that’s relevant to the debate.”

“This budget falls in neither of those camps,” Donovan said. “The budget offers a range of proposals where there’s bipartisan support for taking action.”

But the last spending bill of the administration was not released unscathed.

For the first time in the history of the the Senate and House budget committees, no hearings are scheduled to consider the President’s budget.

“Nothing in the President’s prior budgets … has shown that the Obama administration has any real interest in actually solving our fiscal challenges,” said House Budget Chair Tom Price (R-Ga.), according to the Associated Press.

Here’s a breakdown of major agencies and the proposed funding amounts for fiscal 2017:

 

Agriculture

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
$23.4 billion ($1.8 billion)

Includes $106 million for funding and education for biobased energy sources that range from sustainable and economic forest systems and farm products, to increased production of biofuels

$15 million in funding for research on safe water conservation

$700 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative,  which addresses safe water supplies for farming, response to climate change, soil health and improving food safety and quality

Nearly $1.2 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, which includes programs to address climate change, foreign animal diseases and pollinator health

 

 

Commerce

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $9.7 billion $3 million

$250 million to create and sustain five manufacturing innovation institutes (building on the seven already awarded) to develop technologies and capabilities to be used by U.S.-based manufacturers. The institutes are a combination of companies, universities, community colleges and government.

$1.9 billion to build out remaining 27 institutes to create national network.

Under the new Workforce Data Science and Innovation Fund, it would partner with the Department of Labor to develop new open source data on jobs and skills to create new ways to help match workers with jobs

 

Defense

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $523.9 billion $2.2 billion

More than $11 billion to fight terrorism and provide training and equipment to ground forces fighting the Islamic State militants.

$3.4 billion for the DoD’s European Reassurance Initiative, which provides increased military exercises and training to maintain a larger presence in Europe, enhance U.S. preparedness to reinforce NATO allies.

$71.8 billion for research, development, testing and evaluation

 

Education

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $69.4 billion $1.1 billion

$24.4 billion to support the Every Student Succeeds Act, which aims to reform education through reduction in unnecessary testing and expansion of access to preschool.

$907 million for early intervention and preschool services for children with disabilities

$450 million increase for Title I, which supports schools in low-income communities

Launch of the College Scorecard, which gives students, parents and advisers the most reliable national data to help with college choice

$75 million for the American Technical Training Fund, which expands tuition-free job training programs in fields such as manufacturing, health care and IT

 

Energy

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $30.2 billion $600 million $2 billion for research and development on energy efficiency and renewable energy

$25 million toward the launch of a new Energy-Water Desalination Hub that aims to reduce cost, energy input and carbon emission levels of stripping salt out of water

$150 million in mandatory funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

 

Environmental Protection Agency

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
$8.3 billion $2 million $1 billion per year to increase research and development in clean fuels and transportation technologies (working with Energy and NASA)

$13 million for water quality research and support grants

 

Health and Human Services

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $77.9 billion ($6.7 billion) $9.6 billion for the Head Start program, which provides early childhood services for “America’s neediest children”

$40 million to support youth-focused behavioral and mental health services

$500 million to continue efforts between HHS and DoJ to expand prescription drug overdose prevention strategies

$1 billion national “Moonshot” initiative to kill cancer

 

Homeland Security

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $40.6 billion ($500 million)

$50 million specifically for efforts to prevent and prepare against violent extremism

$275 million for the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program, which has a long-term goal of helping civilian agencies manage cybersecurity risks

$471 million to continue the National Cybersecurity Protection System (EINSTEIN)

$37 million to expand standing teams of cybersecurity experts ready to help federal agencies

 

Housing and Urban Development

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
$38 billion $500 million

$128 million for Promise Neighborhoods and $200 million for Choice Neighborhoods, to improve “distressed communities”

$15 million for a new program that would help families who rely on HUD support to move and stay in higher-opportunity living areas

$20.9 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher program, which provides rental assistance to extremely low- to very low-income households

 

 

Interior

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $12.9 billion ($300 million)

$1 billion to redesign and reform the Bureau of Indian Education, including $138 million for facilities and $25 million to extend broadband Internet and computer access

$98.6 million for the WaterSMART program, which promotes water conservation initiatives

$13 million for the National Wildlife Refuge Fund

 

Justice

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
$18.1 billion ($10.6 billion)

$5 billion ($500 million per year over 10 years) for the 21st Century Justice Initiative, which aims to reduce crime, build community trust and reverse practices that lead to unnecessarily long sentences or unnecessary incarceration

$97 million for training and oversight for local law enforcement on the use of body-worn cameras and promote community and law enforcement engagement

$4 million for research toward understanding violent extremism

 

Labor

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $12.8 billion $600 million

$3 billion for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

$6.5 million to a handful of states to pilot State-based 401(k)-type programs or automatic enrollment IRAs

$1.9 billion to ensure worker protection agencies can meet their responsibilities to serve American workers

 

Social Security Administration

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 enacted budget Highlights/details
 $9.6 billion $300 million

New services to the “my Social Security” portal including click-to-chat, secure messaging and online Social Security replacement cards

 

State and USAID

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 to enacted budget Highlights/details
 $37.8 billion ($100 million)

$4 billion to help the people and communities impacted by the fight against the Islamic State militants overseas

Provides support for Ukraine and surrounding countries in Europe to help fight Russian aggression

Addresses continued and growing demand for passports and visas

 

Transportation

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 to enacted budget Highlights/details
$12.6 billion ($2.3 billion)

$320 billion ($32 billion per year over 10 years) multi-agency 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan

Investing an average of $7 billion per year toward incorporating advanced rail technologies

Providing an average of $1 billion per year toward a multi-modal freight program to improve exports and trade

 

Treasury

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 to enacted budget Highlights/details
$12.6 billion $0

$100 million for the Financial Innovation for Working Families Fund, which helps low- to moderate-income workers build up rainy day funds

Continue work with OMB to implement USAspending.gov data standards

Partnership between U.S. Digital Service and the IRS to lay the groundwork for secure taxpayer access to all IRS digital services

$100 million to improve IRS services to taxpayers, including modernization of public-facing IT infrastructure

 

Veterans Affairs

Proposed 2017 Funding Change to FY16 to enacted budget Highlights/details
 $75.1 billion $3.5 billion

$65.1 billion for health care

Portion of $190 million for in-person re-employment services, including returning veterans

Share of $11 billion in housing vouchers, which would help address homeless veterans