Bush sends $2.4 trillion budget to Congress

President Bush proposed a $2.4 trillion budget on Monday that was high on terrorism and military spending but low on domestic programs.

According to The Washington Post, Bush is asking for a $31 billion increase from current levels. Of this amount, $29 billion goes for national security and defense. Winners were the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State.

Spending was flat at most other agencies, including the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Some saw cuts, especially the Environmental Protection Agency. A select few -- the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services -- saw increases.

Democrats naturally called the budget a flop. But some key Republicans said it was going to be hard to push.

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