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CBO Testimony on Discretionary Spending, October 2011

Discretionary Spending, October 26, 2011 – Testimony before the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, U.S. Congress

  • “Discretionary outlays—the part of federal spending that lawmakers generally control through annual appropriation acts—totaled about $1.35 trillion in 2011, or close to 40 percent of federal outlays. Slightly more than half of that spending was for defense. The remainder went for a wide variety of government programs and activities, with the largest amounts spent for education, training, employment, and social services; transportation; income security (mostly housing and nutrition assistance); veterans’ benefits (primarily for health care); health-related research and public health; international affairs; and the administration of justice.”
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