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Congress Busts Discretionary Budget by $174 Billion

Created on December 8, 2015

Congress Busts Discretionary Budget by $174 Billion

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Read the original report, "Why Isn’t There More Talk About Out-of-Control Spending With the Government Funding Deadline So Close?," by Romina Boccia.

Three budget deals have resulted in higher discretionary budget authority (BA) relative to prior law over the last five years. Of the $174 billion in higher BA, $91 billion has gone to defense and $83 billion has gone to non-defense.

Note: Figures are in nominal budget authority. Sources: Congressional Budget Office, “Final Sequestration Report,” Fiscal Years 2012–2014, and the Library of Congress, “H.R.1314 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,” November 2, 2015.

Tags: federal-spending, Bipartisan-Budget-Act, Budget-Control-Act-of-2011, budget-deal