August 20, 2014

Discretionary Spending

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This chart shows the amount of money our government spends on select non-defense programs determined through the annual congressional appropriations process. While this category is targeted the most for "spending restraint," it makes up only about one-third of the federal budget. Cutting International Affairs spending, often pointed to as a solution for the budget deficit, only makes up about 1 percent of all spending.

Congressional Budget Office, Feb. 2014



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  • Discretionary spending is the portion of the federal budget determined through the Congressional appropriations process. Approximately one-third of...

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