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Bush Budget to Boost Foreign Aid, Cut Domestic Programs


President Bush is sending Congress a $2.5 trillion budget proposal that would boost funding for the military and foreign aid while trimming it for some popular domestic programs.

Lawmakers are expected to resist many of the proposed cuts, which would affect a number of education and health care programs as well as politically-sensitive farm subsidies.

Increased funding would go to programs that combat AIDS and the Millennium Challenge Account, which directs U.S. aid to poor countries that enact democratic reforms.

The plan for the 2006 budget year carries a record $427 billion deficit, the gap between government revenues and spending. But the White House says the budget puts the country on track toward meeting the president's goal of cutting the deficit in half by 2009.

Critics note that the budget does not include costs for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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