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State of the Union 2004

National Taxpayers Union Foundation's Cost Analysis of the President's State of the Union Address

Speech Item

Issue (quoted from text)

Annual Spending Increase/Decrease (in millions)

1

"I will send you a proposal to double the budget of the National Endowment for Democracy,…"

$40

2

"This program will provide extra help to middle- and high school students who fall behind in reading and math,…"

$320

3

"…expand Advanced Placement programs in low- income schools,…"

$48

4

"…invite math and science professionals from the private sector to teach part-time in our high schools."

(unknown)

5

"I propose larger Pell Grants for students who prepare for college with demanding courses in high school."

$200

6

"I propose increasing our support for America's fine community colleges, so they can train workers for the industries that are creating the most new jobs."

$250

7

"I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy."

$4,754

8

"I urge you to pass Association Health Plans."

$5

9

"By computerizing health records, we can avoid dangerous medical mistakes, reduce costs, and improve care."

$50

10

"I propose an additional 23 million dollars for schools that want to use drug testing as a tool to save children's lives."

$23

11

"I propose a grassroots campaign to help inform families about these medical risks [sexually transmitted diseases]."

$9

12

"We will double Federal funding for abstinence programs…"

$120

13

"I propose a four-year, 300 million dollar Prisoner Re- Entry Initiative to expand job training and placement services, to provide transitional housing, and to help newly released prisoners get mentoring, including from faith-based groups."

$75

14

"I ask you to give lower-income Americans a refundable tax credit that would allow millions to buy their own basic health insurance."

$7,662

 

Total

$13,556

Sources: National Taxpayers Union Foundation's BillTally and the White House.

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Non-Defense Discretionary Spending
(in billions)

Defense/Homeland Security Spending 
(in billions)

President Clinton's 1999 SotU

$305

$22

President Clinton's 2000 SotU

$119

$21

President Bush's 2002 SotU*

$55

$51

President Bush's 2003 SotU

$46

$6

President Bush's 2004 SotU

$13.6

 

*Historically Presidents do not give State of the Union addresses their first year in office.