Discretionary Spending

Discretionary spending is a spending category through which governments can spend through an appropriations bill. This spending is optional as part of fiscal policy, in contrast to entitlement programs for which funding is mandatory.

In the United States, discretionary spending refers to spending set on a yearly basis by decision of Congress. Such spending is usually authorized by Congress in another act. Provisions of an appropriations act that authorize spending are earmarks. When an authorization act also appropriates funds, it is called mandatory spending.

Other articles related to "spending, discretionary spending":

2008 United States Federal Budget - Total Spending
... Further information Government spending The President's budget for 2008 totals $2.9 trillion ... This budget request is broken down by the following expenditures Mandatory spending $1.788 trillion (+4.2%) $608 billion (+4.5%) - Social Security $386 billion (+5.2%) - Medicare ...
Military Budget Of The United States - Military Budget and Total US Federal Spending
... Including non-DOD expenditures, military spending was approximately 28–38% of budgeted expenditures and 42–57% of estimated tax revenues ... According to the Congressional Budget Office, defense spending grew 9% annually on average from fiscal year 2000–2009 ... Because of constitutional limitations, military funding is appropriated in a discretionary spending account ...
Paul Ryan - Political Positions - Fiscal, Education, and Health Care Policy - Budget Proposals
... the "Ryan budget." This proposed legislation outlined changes to entitlement spending, including a controversial proposal to replace Medicare with a voucher program for seniors ... consumption tax, and imposed a five-year spending freeze on all discretionary spending ... the plan a "fraud" saying it relies on severe cuts in domestic discretionary spending without specifying the programs to be cut, and "dismantling Medicare as we know it" by ...
Budget Enforcement Act Of 1990
... budget control processes a set of caps on annually-appropriated spending, and a "pay-as-you-go" or "PAYGO" process for entitlements and taxes ... to be implemented through sequestration applied in the following order (1) discretionary spending levels assumed in such resolution (2) the requirement that legislation increasing spending or decreasing ... Sets forth the methods of adjusting discretionary spending limits ...

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