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The president's 2017 budget request: Health and Human Services Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget requested $82.8 billion in discretionary funding for the Health and Human Services Department, slightly less than fiscal 2016 enacted levels. 

The president's 2017 budget request: Defense Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget proposal requested $523.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Defense Department's base budget and $58.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, for a total of $582.7 billion.

The president's 2017 budget request: Homeland Security Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress included discretionary budget authority of $40.6 billion for the Homeland Security Department – an amount that's $381 million more than the department's fiscal 2016 enacted level.

The president's 2017 budget request: Commerce Department

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress earmarked $9.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Commerce Department - $487 million more than the fiscal 2016 enacted level.

The president's 2017 budget request: Research and development priorities

The president's fiscal 2017 budget request to Congress included $152.3 billion in research and development across federal departments and agencies, representing a 4.2 percent increase from this year's funding level.

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