Bush's Final Budget Proposal: $3.1 Trillion President Bush sends Congress his final budget — a $3.1 trillion proposal for fiscal 2009. The plan purports to balance the budget by 2012, while not counting war costs or another inevitable fix to the alternative minimum tax. Congress is expected to put up a fight — or just wait for the next president.

Bush's Final Budget Proposal: $3.1 Trillion

Brian Naylor reports on 'All Things Considered'

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President Bush sends Congress his final budget — a $3.1 trillion proposal for fiscal 2009. It won't land with a thud, because in most cases this year it's traveling electronically. But a metaphorical thud is expected on Capitol Hill.

The plan purports to balance the budget by 2012, while not counting war costs or another inevitable fix to the alternative minimum tax.

Congress is expected to put up a fight over cuts in discretionary spending for domestic programs — or just wait for the next president in 2009.