Military Spending Tops the Discretionary Federal Spending

Discretionary spending is often the most scrutinized part of the federal budget because it’s the part that lawmakers directly determine each year during the appropriations process. That makes discretionary spending different from mandatory spending, which is determined not at the discretion of lawmakers, but rather by how many people qualify for benefits from mandatory programs like Medicare.

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From the National Priorities Project website

 

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