WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget director says the White House is making "tough choices" in preparing its new budget plan.
Jacob Lew says cutting overall spending while putting more money toward new initiatives means reducing spending for programs that the administration supports.
As an example, Lew says a Great Lakes environmental cleanup and protection program will be cut by 25 percent. Also being cut: block grants for community development and for community service.
Lew writes in Sunday's New York Times that the economy and job creation won't get the boosts they need if the U.S. is saddled with growing deficits.
Obama plans to send his budget proposal to Congress on Feb. 14. The spending plan is for the budget year that begins Oct. 1.
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