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Two-Thirds of All Federal Spending Was Mandatory in 2013

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Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, along with other entitlement programs such as food stamps, unemployment, and housing assistance, make up 60 percent of all federal spending. Including interest on the debt, the share of the budget that is mandatory spending is two-thirds.

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SHARE OF FEDERAL SPENDING IN 2013

Two-Thirds of All Federal Spending Was Mandatory in 2013

Source: Office of Management and Budget.