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ASTHO Releases Preliminary Analysis of President's FY 14 Budget Proposal

May 29, 2013

The president's budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2014, released on April 10, totals $3.8 trillion. Within this amount, the discretionary funding request totals $1.058 trillion, which further breaks down to $552 billion for defense agencies and $506 billion for non-defense agencies (all of public health is considered "non-defense"). In FY 2014 alone, using the administration's economic assumptions, the president's budget request reduces the annual deficit from $1.1 trillion (or 7% of gross domestic product [GDP]) in FY 2012 to $744 billion (or 4.4% of GDP). The president's budget would reduce the deficit to 2.8 percent of GDP by 2016, and 1.7 percent of GDP by 2023. To achieve this deficit reduction, the budget proposes 215 cuts, consolidations, or savings totaling $25 billion in FY 2014 and $539 billion through 2023. Included in the reductions are significant cuts to important public health programs, such as the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant and the Hospital Preparedness Program. However, there are also increases to public health programs, including CDC's core infectious disease line, the National Healthcare Safety Network/healthcare-associated infections program, and food safety programs. ASTHO federal government relations staff will continue to review the president's budget materials and may need to refine and provide additional information to ASTHO members as more details and a fuller understanding of the administration's intent emerge. Read ASTHO's budget analysis online.