The bulk of the USDA budget is dollars for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, which are expected to cost around $80 billion in the 2014 budget year. Costs for the program have more than doubled during Obama's presidency, driven by an ailing economy and an expansion of the benefit in 2009. Conservatives have called for cutting or overhauling food stamps, but the budget says the Obama administration strongly supports the current program "at a time of continued need."
Total Spending: $11.7 billionPercentage Change from 2013: 34.3 percent increase Discretionary Spending: $8.6 billion Mandatory Spending: $3.1billion Highlights: Obama wants to boost investments in research and development and export promotion in hopes of spurring economic growth. The president is asking for $1 billion to set up a nationwide network of manufacturing innovation institutes to develop cutting-edge technologies to make U.S. manufacturing firms more competitive. Obama's budget request also calls for $754 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories aimed at making American manufacturers more competitive in the global marketplace. The money is for promoting advances in areas such as cyber security, manufacturing, communications and disaster resilience. The president also wants $113 million to create the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. The money would go to projects such as industrial parks and industry academic centers to promote long-term economic growth. Obama's budget would also boost funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including its weather satellite programs. The president is seeking $21 million for the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia program, which is a public-private partnership aimed at finding answers to manufacturing challenges that U.S. businesses face. Obama also is requesting $520 million for the International Trade Administration. ___ Agency: Defense Total Spending: $682.9 billion Percentage Change from 2013: 0.5 percent increase Discretionary Spending: $615.3 billion