President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for public health falls short in many areas — including reductions to prevention grants — but advances others.

Overall, the president’s 2014 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services is $80.1 billion, $3.9 billion above the 2012 enacted level. Of that, the request would allocate $6.6 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a decrease of $270 million from the 2012 fiscal year.

The budget calls for the lowest levels of CDC discretionary funding — funding that is used for non-mandatory purposes — since 2003. And while the funding levels are not exactly a surprise, they will call for public health to notch its belt just a little bit tighter.

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