The 2009 Budget proposes that total discretionary spending rise no faster than the size of the
economy, to prevent day-to-day Government spending from consuming an even larger share of the
Nationís pocketbook. It also proposes to hold the rate of growth for non-security discretionary
spending to less than one percent, well below the rate of inflation. This spending discipline requires
tough choices among many competing priorities.
In constructing the Budget, each program was closely reviewed to determine if it is among the
Nationís top priorities and if the program is effective and producing the intended results. Failure to
meet these criteria resulted in the proposed termination or reduction of 151 programs for a savings
of over $18 billion, a step that will help channel resources to more effective programs. Funding for
program integrity efforts have also been increased to reduce waste, fraud, and abuseóincluding the
reduction of improper payments to ineligible recipients.