Reformed K–12 education through the enactment of the landmark No
Child Left Behind Act that promotes student achievement, accountability,
and greater choices for parents.
To ensure that every child learns to read by third grade, increased
funding nearly four-fold for early reading programs.
Increased funding for Title I grants for schools in low-income
communities by $3.6 billion (41 percent).
Increased funding for Special Education by $3.7 billion (59
Increased funding for Pell Grants by $3.3 billion (37 percent)
increasing the number of Pell recipients by nearly one million.
Enabled approximately 10 million students to attend college each year
through grants, loans, and work-study by providing record levels of
student aid each year.
Proposed a national energy policy that includes initiatives to
develop zero-emissions energy technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells,
clean coal technology, and other sources of clean, affordable energy.
Protected the environment by treating 7.7 million acres of at-risk
forests and wooded rangeland under the President’s Healthy Forests
Initiative and increasing funding for cooperative conservation programs
to $507 million, 43 percent above the 2001 level.
Proposed Clear Skies legislation to reduce air pollution from power
plants by 70 percent over the next 15 years.
Signed and implemented historic Brownfields legislation encouraging
investment in and redevelopment of urban areas and provided an
85-percent increase in EPA funding ($92 million in 2001 to $170 million
Secured enactment of comprehensive Medicare reforms, including a
prescription drug benefit for over 41 million elderly and disabled
Americans in 2006; a prescription drug discount card; transitional
assistance for low income individuals beginning in 2004; expansion of
private plan options; and preventive benefits.
Provided access to health care for an additional three million people
through 614 new and expanded health center sites funded with an
additional $449 million.
Advanced medical research by completing the doubling of National
Institutes of Health funding and launched a major new biodefense
Gave Americans greater access to a more affordable insurance option
while saving for future health care expenses by creating tax-free Health
Savings Accounts (HSAs).
Approved waivers and State amendments, making up to 2.6 million
people eligible for Medicaid and SCHIP coverage.
Faith-Based and Community
Eliminated barriers that have kept faith-based charities from
partnering with the Federal Government to help Americans in need.
Issued an Executive Order in December 2002 to ensure that agencies do
not arbitrarily exclude faith-based organizations from access to Federal
Established the Access to Recovery initiative, which provides
vouchers for substance abuse treatment, helping an estimated 50,000
people in 2004.
Created the Compassion Capital Fund for public/private partnerships
to support charitable groups in expanding model social service programs
(HHS awarded over $32 million for 81 new and continuing grants in
Established a mentoring program for children of prisoners (HHS
awarded $9 million in grants to 52 organizations in 2003).
Proposed the highest-ever funding level for the Corporation for
National and Community Service; expanded AmeriCorps to support 75,000
members; created USA Freedom Corps to coordinate domestic and
international service programs and strengthen America’s culture of
Veterans Affairs (VA). Implemented changes to
ensure that veterans receive timely, quality medical care; more than cut
in half processing time for claims; and in 2004 will eliminate waiting
lists for medical care from a high of 300,000, and increase funding by 36
HIV/AIDS. Proposed and secured authorization
of a bold five-year, $15 billion initiative to combat global AIDS, the
single largest international public health initiative ever attempted to
defeat a disease.
Millennium Challenge Account. Proposed and
secured authorization of the Millennium Challenge Account to provide aid
to countries that demonstrate a commitment to ruling justly, investing in
their people, and encouraging economic freedom.
National Science Foundation (NSF). To attract
more highly talented students to science and engineering, increased
funding for NSF from 2001 through 2004 by 26 percent, including increasing
student stipends from $18,000 a year to $30,000 a year.
President's Management Agenda:
Ensured that government agencies are responsibly accounting for the
Designed new rules for conducting public-private competitions,
creating a more reasoned and responsible process by which agencies can
provide commercial services at the best value to the taxpayer.
Designed a modern, flexible, business-like human resources management
system that will allow the Department of Homeland Security to place the
right people in the right jobs with a clear understanding of what's
expected of each of them and proper incentives and supervision to
perform so they can best protect the American people.
Increases Title I funding by $1 billion for a total of $13.3 billion,
52 percent more than in 2001.
Provides $1 billion more for Special Education, for a total of $11.1
billion, a 75-percent increase since 2001.
Increases funding for early reading programs to $1.3 billion, a
12-percent increase over 2004.
Helps almost five million students pursue postsecondary education by
providing $12.9 billion in Pell Grants, an $856 million increase.
Fulfills a promise to increase funding for Historically Black
Colleges and Universities and minority-serving institutions by 30
percent to $394 million by 2005.
Provides $57 billion in direct and guaranteed student loans to
post-secondary students and reforms higher education student aid by
raising loan limits for first-year students, expanding options to offer
courses on-line, and increasing loan forgiveness for those teaching
certain subjects in high-poverty schools.
Enhances the Nation’s supply of clean, affordable energy by
increasing funding for clean energy resources, including $237 million to
develop the world’s first “zero-emissions” coal-fueled power plant and
$228 million (44-percent increase) for hydrogen and fuel cell R&D.
Prevents catastrophic wildfires, saves lives and property, and
protects forests by implementing the President’s Healthy Forests
Initiative, providing a $58 million increase to remove excess wood and
brush that fuel fires.
Protects public health and improves air quality by providing $65
million for an expanded diesel school bus retrofit program to reduce
harmful bus emissions.
Accelerates the Great Lakes clean-up by providing $45 million, nearly
a five-fold increase over previous levels.
Tackles remaining Superfund sites, many of which are the toughest
sites on the cleanup list, by increasing Superfund long-term cleanups by
$124 million (nearly a 50-percent increase).
Expands health care coverage by making it more affordable for small
businesses to purchase coverage for employees through Association Health
Plans to provide coverage for up to two million uninsured Americans.
Provides millions of uninsured, low-income Americans with access to
health insurance through a refundable tax credit.
Allows individuals to deduct the premiums associated with HSAs.
Implements the prescription drug discount card to give immediate
discounts of 10-25 percent to cardholders and provides $600 annually in
immediate assistance to low-income individuals to pay for prescription
drugs, until a comprehensive drug benefit is implemented in
Faith-Based and Community
Proposes a four-year $300 million Prisoner Re-Entry initiative to
help individuals leaving prison make a successful transition to
community life and long-term employment.
Increases funding for faith-based initiatives, including doubling the
Access to Recovery program to $200 million, more than doubling resources
for the Compassion Capital Fund, ($100 million), and proposing $50
million for mentoring children of prisoners.
Proposes over $1 billion for the Corporation for National and
Community Service; includes $442 million to support 75,000 AmeriCorps
members; requests $225 million to expand the National Senior Service
Corps to 600,000 volunteers; and engages over one million youth in
To encourage charitable giving, proposes $1.9 billion in charitable
Veterans Affairs. Increases the VA medical
care budget 41 percent above 2001 level—enabling it to treat one million
additional patients—and continues to integrate DOD and VA so that there
will be a seamless transition to veterans status for military
HIV/AIDS. Provides $2.8 billion for the
President’s emergency plan—a $400 million increase and the 2nd
installment of the five-year plan.
Millennium Challenge Account. Includes $2.5
billion for the Millennium Challenge Account, putting the Administration
on a path to meet the President’s commitment of $5 billion in 2006.
Marriages and Family. To promote marriage and
healthy family development (including abstinence by teens), proposes $3
billion over five years in Federal and State funds. This includes a new
matching grant program, funded at $120 million per year, plus an
equivalent State match, to promote effective family formation activities
to support healthy marriages. Also, proposes an additional $23 million for
schools that want to use drug testing to save children's lives.
NASA. Completes the International Space
Station, retires the shuttle by 2010, and focuses on a new space
exploration vehicle capable of new space exploration missions to the Moon,
Mars, and beyond.
President's Management Agenda:
Provides additional incentives for government employees by linking
their paychecks to performance.
Addresses the causes of wasteful spending with sounder management
practices, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent for the purpose for
which they are intended.
Examines 100 percent of the government's program spending within
three years to ensure that programs are achieving the results they are
supposed to achieve.