Discretionary spending funds a wide range of government programs
February 01, 2013
SOURCE: Data from the Congressional Budget Office, The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023, February 2013. Compiled by PGPF.NOTE: Excludes function 990 and functions with negative outlays.
Discretionary spending results from annual appropriations legislation. The programs in this category of federal spending, representing about 35 percent of the budget for 2013, are some of the most recognizable (other than individual benefit programs), and include national defense, veterans' assistance, the Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national parks, law enforcement, education, research and development, and investments in physical infrastructure. Defense takes up more than half of the total discretionary spending budget.
This chart appeared as a part of PGPF's analysis of the January 2012 report by the Congressional Budget Office, The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022. To read the full report, click here.
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