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President Barack Obama submitted his first budget request to Congress on May 7, 2009. This request follows the initial summary budget request he submitted in February that included only aggregate funding levels for federal programs and agencies. The detailed budget request includes proposed funding levels for federal programs and agencies in aggregate for the upcoming five to ten fiscal years, and specific fiscal year 2010 funding levels for individual programs subject to appropriations. Although presidential budget requests are typically released in February, initial releases from a new administration are often delayed several months because the president begins his term in late January. Congress has already adopted its fiscal year 2010 budget resolution, a set of general guidelines to govern legislation considered later this year. Now, it will use the president's budget request to inform its consideration of tax and spending legislation, including the fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill that will set specific funding levels for federal education programs. Fiscal year 2010 begins October 1, 2009.
The president's 2010 budget request marks the first time the Obama administration has submitted funding recommendations for every federal education program and a comprehensive list of new education policy initiatives. The administration has proposed a $46.7 billion budget for education programs subject to the annual appropriations process, up from $45.4 billion in fiscal year 2009. This issue brief provides a summary and analysis of the president's fiscal year 2010 education budget request.
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