Proposed federal budget cuts senior programs

By Suzanne Higgins 

Senior citizens stand to lose big under President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget. The President says the spending blueprint will fulfill his chief responsibility of keeping America safe. The budget proposes sizable increases in national security, but it forces most of the rest of government and domestic programs to downsize. It eliminates or cuts 151 domestic programs. And even with those restraints, Bush’s budget projects deficits will soar to near record levels of 410 billion dollars this year and 407 billion in 2009. 

Those numbers have advocates worried about what the proposed federal budget will mean for seniors. This story was produced as part of our series Aging with Grace and Dignity. 

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