President Bush's 2009 Budget Proposal and Rural Development Programs

President Bush released his Fiscal Year 2009 budget on February 3, 2008. While this $3.1 trillion budget for the entire federal government sets the parameters for future debate and deliberations in Congress, it is primarily a recommendation and the first step in the annual appropriations process.

The President's FY09 budget continues a trend of significant reductions in rural development funding since 2003. Of the 40 programs highlighted in this issue of the Rural Brief, President Bush recommends termination and zero funding for 20 of them.

For a list of Rural Development programs and their proposed funding levels, download a pdf of the Rural Brief.