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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Federal Budget 2012: Agency analysis

By Emi Kolawole

Updated 5:51 p.m.:

The president released his 2012 budget proposal on Monday, and Post reporters are breaking down the document agency by agency.

CIA/Intelligence Agencies

By Greg Miller

The Obama administration disclosed Monday that its fiscal 2012 budget proposal includes a request for $55 billion for the CIA and other civilian intelligence services, marking the first time that the amount of money being sought for U.S. spy agencies has been disclosed.Continue reading...

Defense Department

By Walter Pincus

The president's proposed fiscal 2012 budget requests $553 billion for the Defense Department's base spending and another $118 billion for Afghanistan and Iraq for a total of $671 billion. Continue reading...

Food and Drug Administration

By Lyndsey Layton

Under the President's proposed 2012 budget, the Food and Drug Administration would get $2.7 billion, an increase of $147 million compared to the 2010 budget of 2.6 billion. The agency would get another estimated $1.6 billion in user fees paid by pharmaceutical, medical devices and tobacco companies, for a total proposed 2012 budget of $4.4 billion. Continue reading...

Housing and Urban Development

By Dina ElBoghdady

President Obama's proposed budget includes $41.74 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, about $1.1 billion less than what was enacted by Congress for fiscal 2010. Continue reading...

Health and Human Services

By Amy Goldstein

The Health and Human Services budget for fiscal 2012 would be $ 79.9 billion in discretionary spending. Continue reading...

Department of Energy

By Steven Mufson

President Obama's plan would boost the Energy Department's budget to $29.5 billion, up 12 percent from the enacted 2010 budget and up 4 percent from estimated spending in the current fiscal year. Continue reading...

Department of Interior

By Darryl D. Fears

The $12 billion budget for the Interior Department is largely unchanged. But Interior is changing some of the ways it plans to use that money. Continue reading...

Treasury Department

By Brady Dennis

The administration's $14 billion proposed budget for the Treasury Department represents a 4 percent bump from the budget that was enacted in 2010. Continue reading...

Justice Department

By Jerry Markon

The Justice Department is mostly spared the knife under President Obama's proposed 2012 budget, with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies slated for spending increases that average about 2 percent. Continue reading...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

By Darryl D. Fears

President Obama's proposed budget provides $9 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, noting that amount represents a $1.3 billion decrease from the previous budget year. But that's unlikely to satisfy Republicans in the House who are sharpening their knives to cut even more from an agency that plans to pressure big polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

By Kimberly Kindy

The Obama administration is proposing $23.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Agriculture Department's 2012 budget, a decrease of $3.2 billion, with the biggest cuts coming from direct payments to high-income farmers, rural home loan programs and wetlands conservation programs. Continue reading...

Department of Labor

By Lisa Rein

Labor Department spending under President Obama's 2012 budget would fall five percent from what was enacted in 2010, to $12.8 billion. While the agency is charged with promoting the welfare of workers, job seekers and retirees, the budget released Monday "reflects the need to make sacrifices in many areas," the administration statement says. Continue reading...

Department of Transportation

By Ashley Halsey III

Proposing to spend $128 billion on transportation in fiscal 2012, the heart of the White House spending plan is a push for a six-year renewal of the nation's transportation blueprint. Continue reading...


By Steven Mufson

In President Obama's new budget plan, the idea of comprehensive climate legislation appears to have disappeared into thin air. Continue reading...


By Marc Kaufman

The president's proposed 2012 budget for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is $18.7 billion, almost the same as the appropriated current budget. Continuing a debate over direction begun last year, the budget calls for an increase in spending to help commercial rocket and space companies to develop transport to the International Space Station, and cancels the Bush administration program to build a more conventional new system -- which is still being funded under the 2010 continuing resolution. Continue reading...

State Department/USAID

By Mary Beth Sheridan

President Obama's 2012 budget proposal says that funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) would increase only 1 percent over 2010 levels, to $47 billion. But that's not the whole picture. Continue reading...

The National Science Foundation

By Brian Vastag

The National Science Foundation emerges as one of the few winners in the president's budget, with the nation's primary funder of non-medical basic research receiving $7.8 billion -- a 13 percent boost over 2010 funding. Continue reading...

Department of Veterans Affairs

By Ed O'Keefe

President Obama's proposed 2012 budget provides $58.8 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs and places a continued emphasis on the care and benefits for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading...

Department of Homeland Security

By Peter Finn

The proposed Department of Homeland Security budget of $43.2 billion amounts to a slight increase of .7 percent, or $309 million, over actual funding levels in 2010. Continue reading...

Department of Education

By Nick Anderson

President Obama wants a major funding increase in the coming year to sustain Pell grants for needy college students and more modest increases to finance his reform agenda for public schools. Continue reading...

By Emi Kolawole  | February 14, 2011; 12:32 PM ET
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I like the priorities, but I'd like for the President to take a stronger stance on increasing revenue.

Even drastic spending cuts are not sufficient, and pose their own set of problems.

We need reasonable cuts and reasonable increases in government revenue.

Posted by: onifadee | February 14, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It seems to be generally fair. I think that the House budget will be more heavy handed on citizen support / services.

Posted by: ggant | February 14, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

For all the tax-paying public - all you have to do is follow the money. Obama, Palosi and Reid made sure that their voting base (viz. mostly union based employees) were well covered in the past 2 years and any slight reduction in those areas are just a drop in the bucket they can withstand while the rest of us, the tax-paying public, would continue to support these 'tax and spend' policy of this adminstration for years to come.

Message to all the congressmen (democrats and republicans alike) - balance the budget right now or we'll kick you out and elect new group of politicians to look after the interests of the hard working tax-payers not the free-loaders (liberal democrats!).

Posted by: CJ123 | February 14, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Where are the cuts to the trillion dollar defense budget? These priorities are out of whack. How about some more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires?!

Posted by: g99999 | February 14, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

2012 Medicare/Medicaid = $737B, less Medicare payroll taxes of $202B = $535 Billion one-year deficit from Health. FICA taxes would have to go from 7.65% (15.3%) to 11.5% (23.0%) to pay for the difference.

If you make that one change, the deficit goes from $1,089 Billion to $554 Billion, which is about 3.9% of 2012 GDP.

Income taxes in 2012 are budgeted to increase more than 25% from 2010, and corporate income taxes are budgeted to increase almost 75% from 2010.

The Social Security deficit is about $100 Billion in 2010. To close that, FICA taxes would have to go up another 1% (2%), which would bring the total FICA to 12.5% (25.0%).

This would leave a deficit of $454 Billion, which is about 3.2% of 2012 GDP.

Any additional increase on the upper income, or credits to the lower/middle income, is nothing but a pure socialistic money grab.

If we want the Federal Government to provide health care for the poor and elderly, we HAVE to pay for it.

2010: 7.65% FICA
2012: 12.50% FICA

This is the ONLY way to pay for these income redistributive programs. Per Alan Simpson: We're nothing but 310 million milking cows.

If you want to keep providing world-class health care for your neighbors, you gotta get them udders out and brace for the cold, clammy hands of government bureaucrats.

Posted by: GenXluvtech | February 14, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"We support the troops until it comes time to pay their salaries."

- Every leftist

Posted by: screwjob23 | February 14, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess that your analysis of the Budget is not complete. But I'm interested in knowing how much the 2012 budget has for debt service. As the U.S. becomes more indebted, debt service must be gobbling up an increasing share of the budget.

Please address this issue.

Posted by: fcoas | February 14, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

What about Department of Commerce?

Posted by: johnrelph | February 14, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Rather than increase FICA, why not raise the ceiling on the maximum taxable income from 106,000 to let's say 85% of everyone's income? Meaning, everyone would have 85% of their income taxed at the 6% rate.

Posted by: onifadee | February 14, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

There was once a stone in the road. Everyone went around it. Everyone complained about it.

One day, a man stopped by the stone. He started to dig it out. Finally, it came free. He was tired. But there, beneath the stone was a pot of gold.

Seems to me we must lift the fear of taxes to repair the roads, to build the bridges, to care for our neighbor. For so long taxes have been demonized.

Until we lift the stone, we'll keep going around it, over it, cursing it, angry at it. And we'll never quite discover what responsible initiative actually is.

Posted by: Praytell1 | February 14, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Socialists generally argue that capitalism concentrates power and wealth within a small segment of society that controls the means of production and derives its wealth through a system of exploitation. This creates a stratified society based on unequal social relations that fails to provide equal opportunities for every individual to maximize their potential,[15] and does not utilise available technology and resources to their maximum potential in the interests of the public,[16] and focuses on satisfying market-induced wants as opposed to human needs. Socialists argue that socialism would allow for wealth to be distributed based on how much one contributes to society, as opposed to how much capital one holds."

Posted by: GenXluvtech | February 14, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama is certainly a slave owner. Both party's offer tiny, very minuscule, budget cuts on the backs of the poor.

Defense and defense related total $1.5 Trillion and can be cut by 50% easily in one year.

Let's talk Turkey and end slave ownership in 2011.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 14, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

All I see are increases and no real cuts.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | February 14, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Commerce Dept. budget doesn't merit analysis

Posted by: ConfusedWashingtonian | February 14, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse


One trillion, 778 for military, Afghan, drug companies, and other CIA and CIA cover (AID). In other words: 1,778,000.000 in welfare for the wealthy and the elite.

For you and me:

Four hundred billions or 437,000,000.00.

Now, if you still believe that this nation works for the people, at least look at the numbers. The numbers do not lie. CIA, defense, AID, Afghan, Iraq etc, Homeland Defense, Interior department, Food and Drug, treasury, these are all for the elite, these are all war and armaments and paying to buy crooks and dictators. Even Afghan gets more than our housing and health and labor needs.

The numbers are in your face. WAKE UP!

Posted by: coqui44 | February 14, 2011 7:14 PM | Report abuse


One trillion, 778 for military, Afghan, drug companies, and other CIA and CIA cover (AID). In other words: 1,778,000.000 in welfare for the wealthy and the elite.

For you and me:

Four hundred billions or 437,000,000.00.

Now, if you still believe that this nation works for the people, at least look at the numbers. The numbers do not lie. CIA, defense, AID, Afghan, Iraq etc, Homeland Defense, Interior department, Food and Drug, treasury, these are all for the elite, these are all war and armaments and paying to buy crooks and dictators. Even Afghan gets more than our housing and health and labor needs.

The numbers are in your face. WAKE UP!

Posted by: coqui44 | February 14, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Christian Nation" indeed.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 14, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

These federal Agencies and bureaus are not much more than an elite group of despotic nobles ruling with impunity, immunity and indulgence. These aristocrats in governmet agencies enact rules, regualtion, mandates and laws and usurrp and contravene our Constitution. These petty dictators impose fines and insert laws into our Codex of the Rederal Register like feudal lords ruling over contemptible sefs.These bureaucratic lords, like most government workers, live lavishly and are paid lucratively and have entitlements, benefits and pensions far exceeding what the averahe american peasant has. These government workers are the only ones the democrats care about. And they will fight any decrease despite the impoverishment and tax debt imposed upon you.

Posted by: ServantusDei | February 14, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

HUD's budget should be cut by $41 billion. Why is the National Science Foundationn a winner?

Posted by: priveye | February 15, 2011 4:49 AM | Report abuse

These numbers are absolutely CRAZY. Every line item needs to be cut at least 5%. Nothing should increase. Get this under control. STOP the madness. Why increase anything? Do more with less. It can be done. We dont need to fund the world's causes. Health or military. Stop the spending now!!!

Posted by: espnfan | February 15, 2011 6:26 AM | Report abuse

"For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either."

2 Thessalonians 3:10

Posted by: GenXluvtech | February 15, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they've zeroed out the Department of Commerce budget.

Posted by: rt42 | February 15, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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