Finally putting together discretionary spending mandatory spending and interest on the debt you can see how the total federal budget is divided into different categories of spending this pie chart shows the breakdown 38 trillion in combined discretionary mandatory and interest spending budgeted by congress in fiscal year 2015. Discretionary spending is the part of the us federal budget that congress appropriates each year for fiscal year 2019 president trump requested 1305 trillion the constitution gave congress the authority to raise and spend money for the federal government. The united states federal budget consists of mandatory expenditures which includes medicare and social security discretionary spending for defense cabinet departments eg justice department and agencies eg securities exchange commission and interest payments on debt. The budget control act and trends in discretionary spending congressional research service 2 categories of federal spending federal spending can be divided into three basic budget categories o discretionary spending 117 trillion in fy2014 outlays o mandatory spending 211 trillion in fy2014 outlays and. Table 56 budget authority for discretionary programs 1976 2023 table 61 composition of outlays 1940 2023 table 71 federal debt at the end of year 1940 2023
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