HHS and the U.S. Education and Labor departments would receive a 2.5% increase in spending for fiscal 2005, under a proposal by House Republican leaders. The spending bill would give programs under the purview of the three agencies a total of $142.3 billion, up from $139 billion for fiscal 2004. President Bush asked for $142 billion in his budget proposal. The House Appropriations Committee, which writes the annual spending bills, must approve the proposal. The Senate has not yet released details about its bills' costs. In total, the House Republicans are proposing $821 billion in discretionary spending for 2005. Mandatory spending is not affected. -- by Tony Fong
Proposal by House Republicans would increase spending in '05
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