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    United States federal budget
    The Budget of the United States
    Government is the President's
    proposal to the U.S. Congress which
    recommends funding levels for the
    next fiscal year, beginning October 1.
    Congressional decisions are governed
    by rules and legislation regarding the
    federal budget process. Budget
    committees set spending limits for the
    House and Senate committees and for
    Appropriations subcommittees, which
    then approve individual appropriations
    bills to allocate funding to various
    federal programs.

    After     Congress      approves      an
                                                     Fiscal Year 2010 U.S. Federal Spending Projections- Cash or Budget Basis.
    appropriations bill, it is sent to the
    President, who may sign it into law, or
    may veto it. A vetoed bill is sent back
    to Congress, which can pass it into law
    with a two-thirds majority in each
    chamber. Congress may also combine
    all or some appropriations bills into an
    omnibus reconciliation bill. In
    addition, the president may request and
    the Congress may pass supplemental
    appropriations bills or emergency
    supplemental appropriations bills.
    Several government agencies provide
    budget data and analysis. These
    include         the         Government
    Accountability       Office       (GAO),
    Congressional Budget Office, the
    Office of Management and Budget                                  Fiscal Year 2010 U.S. Federal Receipts.

    (OMB) and the U.S. Treasury
    Department. These agencies have reported that the federal government is facing a series of important financing
    challenges. In the short-run, tax revenues have declined significantly due to a severe recession and expenditures have
    expanded dramatically for stimulus and bailout measures. In the long-run, expenditures related to entitlement
    programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are growing considerably faster than the economy overall
    as the population matures.[1] [2]
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    Budget principles
    The U.S. Constitution (Article I, section 9, clause 7) states that "[n]o money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in
    Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of Receipts and Expenditures of
    all public Money shall be published from time to time."
    Each year, the President of the United States submits his budget request to Congress for the following fiscal year as
    required by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Current law (31 U.S.C. § 1105 [3](a)) requires the president to
    submit a budget no earlier than the first Monday in January, and no later than the first Monday in February.
    Typically, presidents submit budgets on the first Monday in February. The budget submission has been delayed,
    however, in some new presidents' first year when previous president belonged to a different party.
    The federal budget is calculated largely on a cash basis. That is, revenues and outlays are recognized when
    transactions are made. Therefore, the full long-term costs of entitlement programs such as Medicare, Social Security,
    and the federal portion of Medicaid are not reflected in the federal budget. By contrast, many businesses and some
    foreign governments have adopted forms of accrual accounting, which recognizes obligations and revenues when
    they are incurred. The costs of some federal credit and loan programs, according to provisions of the Federal Credit
    Reform Act of 1990, are calculated on a net present value basis.[4]
    Federal agencies cannot spend money unless funds are authorized and appropriated. Typically, separate
    Congressional committees have jurisdiction over authorization and appropriations. The House and Senate
    Appropriations Committees currently have 12 subcommittees, which are responsible for drafting the 12 regular
    appropriations bills that determine amounts of discretionary spending for various federal programs. Appropriations
    bills must pass both the House and Senate and then be signed by the president in order to give federal agencies legal
    authority to spend.[5] In many recent years, regular appropriations bills have been combined into "omnibus" bills.
    Congress may also pass "special" or "emergency" appropriations. Spending that is deemed an "emergency" is
    exempt from certain Congressional budget enforcement rules. Funds for disaster relief have sometimes come from
    supplemental appropriations, such as after Hurricane Katrina. In other cases, funds included in emergency
    supplemental appropriations bills support activities not obviously related to actual emergencies, such as parts of the
    2000 Census of Population and Housing. Special appropriations have been used to fund most of the costs of war and
    occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan so far.
    Budget resolutions and appropriations bills, which reflect spending priorities of Congress, will usually differ from
    funding levels in the president's budget. The president, however, retains substantial influence over the budget process
    through his veto power and through his congressional allies when his party has a majority in Congress.

    Federal budget data
    Several government agencies provide budget data. These include the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the
    Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Treasury Department.
    CBO publishes The Budget and Economic Outlook in January, which is typically updated in August. It also publishes
    a Monthly Budget Review. OMB, which is responsible for organizing the President's budget presented in February,
    typically issues a budget update in July. GAO and Treasury issue Financial Statements of the U.S. Government,
    usually in the December following the close of the federal fiscal year, which occurs September 30. There is a
    corresponding Citizen's Guide, a short summary. The Treasury Department also produces a Combined Statement of
    Receipts, Outlays, and Balances each December for the preceding fiscal year, which provides detailed data on
    federal financial activities.
    Historical tables within the President's Budget (OMB) provides a wide range of data on Federal Government
    finances. Many of the data series begin in 1940 and include estimates of the President’s Budget for 2009–2014.
    Additionally, Table 1.1 provides data on receipts, outlays, and surpluses or deficits for 1901–1939 and for earlier
    multi-year periods. This document is composed of 17 sections, each of which has one or more tables. Each section
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    covers a common theme. Section 1, for example, provides an overview of the budget and off-budget totals; Section 2
    provides tables on receipts by source; and Section 3 shows outlays by function. When a section contains several
    tables, the general rule is to start with tables showing the broadest overview data and then work down to more
    detailed tables. The purpose of these tables is to present a broad range of historical budgetary data in one convenient
    reference source and to provide relevant comparisons likely to be most useful. The most common comparisons are in
    terms of proportions (e.g., each major receipt category as a percentage of total receipts and of the gross domestic

    Federal budget projections
    CBO calculates 35-year baseline projections, which are used extensively in the budget process. Baseline projections
    are intended to reflect spending under current law, and are not intended as predictions of the most likely path of the
    economy. During the George W. Bush Administration, OMB presented 5-year projections, but presented 45-year
    projections in the FY2010 budget submission. CBO and GAO issue long-term projections from time to time.

    Major receipt categories
    During FY 2010, the federal government collected approximately $2.16 trillion in tax revenue. Primary receipt
    categories included individual income taxes (42%), Social Security/Social Insurance taxes (40%), and corporate
    taxes (9%).[7] Other types included excise, estate and gift taxes.
    Tax revenues have averaged approximately 18.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) over the 1970-2009 period,
    generally ranging plus or minus 2% from that level. Tax revenues are significantly affected by the economy.
    Recessions typically reduce government tax collections as economic activity slows. For example, during both
    FY2009 and FY2010, the U.S. government collected about $400 billion less than FY2008 revenues of $2.5 trillion.
    During 2009, individual income taxes declined 20%, while corporate taxes declined 50%. At 14.9% of GDP, the
    2009 and 2010 collections were the lowest level of the past 50 years.[8]

    Tax policy
    The appropriate level and distribution of
    federal taxes has long been a controversial
    topic. Since the 1970s, some "supply side"
    economists have contended that lowering
    taxes could stimulate economic growth to
    such a degree that tax revenues could rise,
    other factors being held constant. However,
    economic models and econometric analysis
    have found weak support for the "supply
    side" theory. The Center on Budget and
    Policy Priorities (CBPP) summarized a
    variety of studies done by economists across
    the political spectrum that indicated tax cuts
    do not pay for themselves and increase
    deficits.[9] Studies by the CBO and the U.S.                          Revenue and Expense as % GDP.
    Treasury also indicated that tax cuts do not
    pay for themselves.[10] [11] [12] [13]            In   2003,    450    economists,     including      ten   Nobel   Prize
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    laureate, signed the Economists' statement
    opposing the Bush tax cuts, sent to President
    Bush stating that "these tax cuts will worsen
    the long-term budget outlook... will reduce
    the capacity of the government to finance
    Social Security and Medicare benefits as
    well as investments in schools, health,
    infrastructure, and basic research... [and]
    generate further inequalities in after-tax

    Economist Paul Krugman wrote in 2007:
    "Supply side doctrine, which claimed
    without evidence that tax cuts would pay for
    themselves, never got any traction in the
                                                                Estimated Funding Gaps in Medicare and Social Security.
    world of professional economic research,
    even among conservatives."[15] Economist
    Nouriel Roubini wrote in October 2010 that the Republican Party was "trapped in a belief in voodoo economics, the
    economic equivalent of creationism" while the Democratic administration was unwilling to improve the tax system
    via a carbon tax or value-added tax.[16] Warren Buffett wrote in 2003: "When you listen to tax-cut rhetoric,
    remember that giving one class of taxpayer a 'break' requires -- now or down the line -- that an equivalent burden be
    imposed on other parties. In other words, if I get a break, someone else pays. Government can't deliver a free lunch
    to the country as a whole."[17] Former Comptroller General of the United States David Walker stated during January
    2009: "You can't have guns, butter and tax cuts. The numbers just don't add up."[18]

    Francis Fukuyama summarized these concepts: "Prior to the 1980s, conservatives were fiscally conservative— that
    is, they were unwilling to spend more than they collected in taxes. But Reaganomics introduced the idea that
    virtually any tax cut would so stimulate growth that the government would end up taking in more revenue in the end
    (the so-called Laffer curve). In fact, the traditional view was correct: if you cut taxes without cutting spending, you
    end up with a damaging deficit. Thus the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s produced a big deficit; the Clinton tax
    increases of the 1990s produced a surplus; and the Bush tax cuts of the early 21st century produced an even larger
    Economist Bruce Bartlett wrote in 2009 that without benefit cuts in Medicare and Social Security, federal taxes
    would have to increase by 8.1% of GDP now and forever to cover estimated program shortfalls, while avoiding debt
    increases.[20] The 30-year historical average federal tax receipts are 18.4% of GDP, so this would represent an
    enormous tax increase.[21]

    Tax expenditures
    The term "tax expenditures" refers to income exemptions or deductions that reduce the tax collections that would be
    made applying a particular tax rate alone. In November 2009, The Economist estimated the additional federal tax
    revenue generated from eliminating certain tax expenditures, for the 2013-2014 period. These included: income
    exemptions for employer-provided health insurance ($215 billion); and various income deductions such as mortgage
    interest ($147B), state & local taxes ($65B), capital gains on homes ($60B), property taxes ($33B) and municipal
    bond interest ($37B). These total $557 billion. All of these steps together would reduce the projected deficit at that
    time by nearly half.[22]
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    U.S. taxes relative to foreign countries
    Comparison of tax rates around the world is difficult and somewhat subjective. Tax laws in most countries are
    extremely complex, and tax burden falls differently on different groups in each country and sub-national units
    (states, counties and municipalities) and the types of services rendered through those taxes are also different.
    One way to measure the overall tax burden is by looking at it as a percentage of the overall economy in terms of
    GDP. The Tax Policy Center wrote: "U.S. taxes are low relative to those in other developed countries. In 2006 U.S.
    taxes at all levels of government claimed 28 percent of GDP, compared with an average of 36 percent of GDP for the
    30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)."[23] Economist
    Simon Johnson wrote in 2010: "The U.S. government doesn’t take in much tax revenue -- at least 10 percentage
    points of GDP less than comparable developed economies -- and it also doesn’t spend much except on the military,
    Social Security and Medicare."[24]
    In comparing corporate taxes, the Congressional Budget Office found in 2005 that the top statutory tax rate was the
    third highest among OECD countries behind Japan and Germany. However, the U.S. ranked 27th lowest of 30
    OECD countries in its collection of corporate taxes relative to GDP, at 1.8% vs. the average 2.5%.[25] A comparison
    of taxation on individuals amongst OECD countries shows that the U.S. tax burden is just slightly below the average
    tax for middle income earners.[26]

    Major expenditure categories
    The federal government's expenditures include Medicare & Medicaid ($793B or 23%), Social Security ($701B or
    20%), Defense Department ($689B or 20%), and non-defense discretionary ($660B or 19%). Expenditures are
    classified as mandatory, with payments required by specific laws, or discretionary, with payment amounts renewed
    annually as part of the budget process. During FY 2010, the federal government spent $3.46 trillion on a budget or
    cash basis, down 2% vs. FY 2009 but up 16% versus FY2008 spend of $2.97 trillion.

    Mandatory spending and entitlements
    Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
    expenditures are funded by permanent
    appropriations and so are considered
    mandatory spending. Social Security and
    Medicare       are       sometimes     called
    "entitlements," because people meeting
    relevant eligibility requirements are legally
    entitled to benefits, although most pay taxes
    into these programs throughout their
    working lives. Some programs, such as
    Food Stamps, are appropriated entitlements.
    Some mandatory spending, such as
    Congressional salaries, is not part of any
    entitlement program. Mandatory spending
    accounted for 53% of total federal outlays in                         Entitlement Spending Risks
    FY2008, with net interest payments
    accounting for an additional 8.5%.[27]

    Mandatory spending is expected to increase as a share of GDP. This is due to demographic trends, as the number of
    workers continues declining relative to those receiving benefits. For example, the number of workers per retiree was
    5.1 in 1960; this declined to 3.3 in 2007 and is projected to decline to 2.1 by 2040.[28] These programs are also
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    affected by per-person costs, which are also expected to increase at a rate significantly higher than the economy. This
    unfavorable combination of demographics and per-capita rate increases is expected to drive both Social Security and
    Medicare into large deficits during the 21st century. Unless these long-term fiscal imbalances are addressed by
    reforms to these programs, raising taxes or drastic cuts in discretionary programs, the federal government will at
    some point be unable to pay its obligations without significant risk to the value of the dollar (inflation).[29] [30]
    • Medicare was established in 1965 and expanded thereafter. In 2009, the program covered an estimated 45 million
      persons (38 million aged and 7 million disabled). It consists of four distinct parts which are funded differently:
      Hospital Insurance, mainly funded by a dedicated payroll tax of 2.9% of earnings, shared equally between
      employers and workers; Supplementary Medical Insurance, funded through beneficiary premiums (set at 25% of
      estimated program costs for the aged) and general revenues (the remaining amount, approximately 75%);
      Medicare Advantage, a private plan option for beneficiaries, funded through the Hospital Insurance and
      Supplementary Medical Insurance trust funds; and the "Part D" prescription drug benefits, for which funding is
      included in the Supplementary Medical Insurance trust fund and is financed through beneficiary premiums (about
      25%) and general revenues (about 75%).[31] Spending on Medicare and Medicaid is projected to grow
      dramatically in coming decades. The number of persons enrolled in Medicare is expected to increase from 47
      million in 2010 to 80 million by 2030.[32] While the same demographic trends that affect Social Security also
      affect Medicare, rapidly rising medical prices appear to be a more important cause of projected spending
      increases. Various reform strategies were proposed for healthcare,[33] and in March 2010, the Patient Protection
      and Affordable Care Act was enacted as a means of health care reform.
    • Social Security is a social insurance program officially called "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance"
      (OASDI), in reference to its three components. It is primarily funded through a dedicated payroll tax of 12.4%.
      During 2009, total benefits of $686 billion were paid out versus income (taxes and interest) of $807 billion, a
      $121 billion annual surplus. An estimated 156 million people paid into the program and 53 million received
      benefits, roughly 2.94 workers per beneficiary.[34] Since the Greenspan Commission in the early 1980's, Social
      Security has cumulatively collected far more in payroll taxes dedicated to the program than it has paid out to
      recipients—nearly $2.4 trillion by 2008. This annual surplus is credited to Social Security trust funds that hold
      special non-marketable Treasury securities, and this surplus amount is commonly referred to as the "Social
      Security Trust Fund". The proceeds are paid into the U.S. Treasury where they may be used for other government
      purposes. Social Security spending will increase sharply over the next decades, largely due to the retirement of
      the baby boom generation. The number of program recipients is expected to increase from 44 million in 2010 to
      73 million in 2030.[35] Program spending is projected to rise from 4.8% of GDP in 2010 to 5.9% of GDP by 2030,
      where it will stabilize.[36] The Social Security Administration projects that an increase in payroll taxes equivalent
      to 1.9% of the payroll tax base or 0.7% of GDP would be necessary to put the Social Security program in fiscal
      balance for the next 75 years. Over an infinite time horizon, these shortfalls average 3.4% of the payroll tax base
      and 1.2% of GDP.[37] Various reforms have been debated for Social Security. Examples include reducing future
      annual cost of living adjustments (COLA) provided to recipients, raising the retirement age, and raising the
      income limit subject to the payroll tax ($106,800 in 2009).[38] [39] Because of the large accumulated surplus in the
      Social Security Trust Fund, however, the Social Security system is expected to be able to pay all promised
      benefits through 2037 without adding to the deficit.[40]
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    Other spending
    • Military spending: The military budget
      of the United States during FY 2009 was
      approximately $683 billion in expenses
      for the Department of Defense (DoD)
      and $54 billion for Homeland Security, a
      total of $737 billion.[41] The U.S. defense
      budget (excluding spending for the wars
      in Iraq and Afghanistan, Homeland
      Security, and Veteran's Affairs) is around
      4% of GDP.[42] Adding these other costs
      places defense and homeland security
      spending between 5% and 6% of GDP.
      The DoD baseline budget, excluding
      supplemental funding for the wars, has
      grown from $297 billion in FY2001 to a                               Defense Spending 2000 - 2011.
      budgeted $534 billion for FY2010, an
      81% increase.[43] According to the CBO,
      defense spending grew 9% annually on
      average from fiscal year 2000-2009.[44]
      Much of the costs for the wars in Iraq and
      Afghanistan have not been funded
      through regular appropriations bills, but
      through emergency supplemental
      appropriations bills. As such, most of
      these expenses were not included in the
      budget deficit calculation prior to
      FY2010. Some budget experts argue that
      emergency supplemental appropriations
      bills do not receive the same level of
      legislative care as regular appropriations
                                                                 FY 2010 Estimated Federal Spending per 2011 Budget

    • Non-defense discretionary spending is
      used to fund the executive departments (e.g., the Department of Education) and independent agencies (e.g., the
      Environmental Protection Agency), although these do receive a smaller amount of mandatory funding as well.
      Discretionary budget authority is established annually by Congress, as opposed to mandatory spending that is
      required by laws that span multiple years, such as Social Security or Medicare. The Federal government spent
      approximately $660 billion during 2010 on the Cabinet Departments and Agencies, excluding the Department of
      Defense, representing 19% of budgeted expenditures[46] or about 4.5% of GDP. Several politicians and think
      tanks have proposed freezing non-defense discretionary spending at particular levels and holding this spending
      constant for various periods of time. President Obama proposed freezing discretionary spending representing
      approximately 12% of the budget in his 2011 State of the Union address.[47]
    • Interest expense: Budgeted net interest on the public debt was approximately $189 billion in FY2009 (5% of
      spending). During FY2009, the government also accrued a non-cash interest expense of $192 billion for
      intra-governmental debt, primarily the Social Security Trust Fund, for a total interest expense of $381 billion.[48]
      Net interest costs paid on the public debt declined from $242 billion in 2008 to $189 billion in 2009 because of
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       lower interest rates.[49] Should these rates return to historical averages, the interest cost would increase
       dramatically. Historian Niall Ferguson described the risk that foreign investors would demand higher interest
       rates as the U.S. debt levels increase over time in a November 2009 interview.[50] Public debt owned by
       foreigners has increased to approximately 50% of the total or approximately $3.4 trillion.[51] As a result, nearly
       50% of the interest payments are now leaving the country, which is different from past years when interest was
       paid to U.S. citizens holding the public debt. Interest expenses are projected to grow dramatically as the U.S. debt
       increases and interest rates rise from very low levels in 2009 to more typical historical levels.

    Understanding deficits and debt
    The annual budget deficit is the difference
    between actual cash collections and
    budgeted spending (a partial measure of
    total spending) during a given fiscal year,
    which runs from October 1 to September 30.
    Since 1970, the U.S. Federal Government
    has run deficits for all but four years
    (1998–2001)[52] contributing to a total debt
    of $14.0 trillion as of December 2010.[53]

    The U.S. Federal Government collected
    $2.52 trillion in FY2008, while budgeted
    spending was $2.98 trillion, generating a
    total deficit of $455 billion. However,
    during FY2008 the national debt increased
                                                                      Deficit and Debt Increases 2001-2009.
    by $1,017 billion, much more than the $455
    billion deficit figure. This means actual
    expenditure was closer to $3.5 trillion [why?]. The national debt represents the outstanding obligations of the
    government at any given time, comprising both public and intra-governmental debt, which was $12.3 trillion as of
    January 18, 2010.[54] Differences between the annual deficit and annual change in the national debt include the
    treatment of the surplus Social Security payroll tax revenues (which increase the debt but not the deficit),
    supplemental appropriations for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and earmarks.

    These differences can make it more challenging to determine how much the government actually spends relative to
    tax revenues. The increase in the national debt during a given year is a helpful measure to determine this amount.
    From FY 2003-2007, the national debt increased approximately $550 billion per year on average. For the first time
    in FY 2008, the U.S. added $1 trillion to the national debt.[55] In relative terms, from 2003-2007 the government
    spent roughly $1.20 for each $1.00 it collected in taxes. This increased to $1.40 in FY2008 and $1.90 in FY2009.
    Social Security payroll taxes and benefit payments, along with the net balance of the U.S. Postal Service are
    considered "off-budget." Administrative costs of the Social Security Administration (SSA), however, are classified
    as "on-budget." In large part because of Social Security surpluses, the total federal budget deficit is smaller than the
    on-budget deficit. The surplus of Social Security payroll taxes over benefit payments is invested in special Treasury
    securities held by the Social Security Trust Fund. Social Security and other federal trust funds are part of the
    "intergovernmental debt." The total federal debt is divided into "intergovernmental debt" and "debt held by the
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    Contemporary issues and debates

    Budgetary impact of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts
    A variety of tax cuts were enacted under
    President Bush between 2001–2003
    (commonly referred to as the "Bush tax
    cuts"), through the Economic Growth and
    Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
    (EGTRRA) and the Jobs and Growth Tax
    Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
    (JGTRRA). Most of these tax cuts were
    scheduled to expire December 31, 2010.
    Since CBO projections are based on current
    law, the projections discussed above assume
    these tax cuts will expire, which may prove
    politically challenging.

    In August 2010, CBO estimated that
                                                          Congressional Research Service-Impact of Extension of the Bush Tax Cuts
    extending the tax cuts for the 2011-2020
    time period would add $3.3 trillion to the
    national debt: $2.65 trillion in foregone tax revenue plus another $0.66 trillion for interest and debt service costs.[56]
    The non-partisan Pew Charitable Trusts estimated in May 2010 that extending some or all of the Bush tax cuts would
    have the following impact under these scenarios:
    • Making the tax cuts permanent for all taxpayers, regardless of income, would increase the national debt $3.1
      trillion over the next 10 years.
    • Limiting the extension to individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples earning less than $250,000
      would increase the debt about $2.3 trillion in the next decade.
    • Extending the tax cuts for all taxpayers for only two years would cost $558 billion over the next 10 years.[57]
    The non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) has reported the 10-year revenue loss from extending the
    2001 and 2003 tax cuts beyond 2010 at $2.9 trillion, with an additional $606 billion in debt service costs (interest),
    for a combined total of $3.5 trillion. CRS cited CBO estimates that extending the cuts permanently, including the
    repeal of the estate tax, would add 2% of GDP to the annual deficit.[58]
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote in 2010: "The 75-year Social Security shortfall is about the same
    size as the cost, over that period, of extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans
    (those with incomes above $250,000 a year). Members of Congress cannot simultaneously claim that the tax cuts for
    people at the top are affordable while the Social Security shortfall constitutes a dire fiscal threat."[59]

    Stimulus packages
    The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 provided an estimated $170 billion in tax rebates to stimulate the economy. The
    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the Act "would increase budget deficits (or reduce future
    surpluses) by $152 billion in 2008 and by a net amount of $124 billion over the 2008-2018 period."[60]
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed by the U.S. Congress on 13 February 2009. The
    nearly $800 billion bill appropriated money toward tax credits and infrastructure programs. The CBO estimates that
    enacting the bill would increase federal budget deficits by $185 billion over the remaining months of fiscal year
    2009, by $399 billion in 2010, by $134 billion in 2011, and by $787 billion over the 2009-2019 period.[61]
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    Stimulus can be characterized as investment, spending or tax cuts. For example, if the funds are used to create a
    physical asset that generates future cash flows (e.g., a power plant or toll road), the stimulus could be characterized
    as investment. Extending unemployment benefits are examples of government spending. Tax cuts may or may not be
    spent. There is significant debate among economists regarding which type of stimulus has the highest "multiplier"
    (i.e., increase in economic activity per dollar of stimulus).[62]

    GAO defines "earmarking" as "designating any portion of a lump-sum amount for particular purposes by means of
    legislative language." Earmarking can also mean "dedicating collections by law for a specific purpose." [63] In some
    cases, legislative language may direct federal agencies to spend funds for specific projects. In other cases, earmarks
    refer to directions in appropriation committee reports, which are not law. Various organizations have estimated the
    total number and amount of earmarks. An estimated 16,000 earmarks containing nearly $48 billion in spending were
    inserted into larger, often unrelated bills during 2005.[64] While the number of earmarks has grown in the past
    decade, the total amount of earmarked funds is approximately 1-2 percent of federal spending.[65]

    Fraud, waste and abuse
    The Office of Management and Budget estimated that the federal government made $98 billion in "improper
    payments" during FY2009, an increase of 38% vs. the $72 billion the prior year. This increase was due in part to
    effects of the financial crisis and improved methods of detection. The total included $54 billion for healthcare-related
    programs, 9.4% of the $573 billion spent on those programs. The government pledged to do more to combat this
    problem, including better analysis, auditing, and incentives.[66] [67] During July 2010, President Obama signed into
    law the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010, citing approximately $110 billion in
    unauthorized payments of all types.[68]
    Former GAO Director David Walker said: "Some people think that we can solve our financial problems by stopping
    fraud, waste and abuse or by canceling the Bush tax cuts or by ending the war in Iraq. The truth is, we could do all
    three of these things and we would not come close to solving our nation's fiscal challenges."[69]

    2010 Budget Proposal
    President Barack Obama proposed his 2010
    budget during February, 2009. He has
    indicated that health care, clean energy,
    education, and infrastructure will be
    priorities. The proposed increases in the
    national debt exceed $900 billion each year
    from 2010–2019, following the Bush
    administration's outgoing budget which
    allowed for a $2.5 trillion increase in the
    national debt for FY 2009.[70]

    Tax cuts will expire for the wealthiest
    taxpayers to increase revenues, returning
    marginal rates to the Clinton levels. Further,
    the base Department of Defense budget
                                                                   2010 Budget: Projected Deficits and Debt Increases
    increases slightly through 2014 (Table S-7),
    from $534 to $575 billion, although
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    supplemental appropriations for the Iraq War are expected to be reduced. In addition, estimates of revenue are based
    on GDP growth assumptions that exceed the Blue Chip Economists' consensus forecast considerably through 2012
    (Table S-8).[71] [72]

    2010 Healthcare reform
    The CBO estimated in December 2009 that the Senate healthcare reform bill, later signed into law on 23 March
    2010, would reduce the deficit during the 2010-2019 period by a total of $132 billion. This figure comprises $615
    billion in incremental costs, offset by cost reductions of $483 billion and additional taxes of $264 billion. The CBO
    also estimated that the deficit would be about 0.5% lower each year in the 2020-2029 decade, or about $70 billion
    annually in 2010 dollars.[73] Whether the deficit reduction will materialize is questioned by some conservative
    budget experts.[74]

    State finances
    The U.S. federal government may be required to assist state governments further, as many U.S. states are facing
    budget shortfalls due to the 2008-2010 recession. The sharp decline in home prices has affected property tax
    revenue, while the decline in economic activity and consumer spending has led to a falloff in revenues from state
    sales taxes and income taxes. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that the 2010 and 2011 state
    shortfalls will total $375 billion.[75] As of July 2010, over 30 states had raised taxes, while 45 had reduced
    services.[76] State and local governments cut 405,000 jobs between January 2009 and February 2011.[77]
    GAO estimates that (absent policy changes) state and local governments will face budget gaps that rise from 1% of
    GDP in 2010 to around 2% by 2020, 2.5% by 2030, and 3.5% by 2040.[78]
    Further, many states have underfunded pensions, meaning the state has not contributed the amount estimated to be
    necessary to pay future obligations to retired workers. The Pew Center on the States reported in February 2010 that
    states have underfunded their pensions by nearly $1 trillion as of 2008, representing the gap between the $2.35
    trillion states had set aside to pay for employees’ retirement benefits and the $3.35 trillion price tag of those
    Whether a U.S. state can declare bankruptcy, enabling it to re-negotiate its obligations to bondholders, pensioners,
    and public employee unions is a matter of legal and political debate. Journalist Matt Miller explained some of these
    issues in February 2011: "The AG [State Attorney General] might put a plan forward and agree to conditions.
    However, the AG has no say over the legislature. And only a legislature can raise taxes. In some cases, it would
    require a state constitutional amendment to reduce pensions. Add to this a federal judge who would oversee the
    process...and a state has sovereign immunity, which means the governor or legislature may simply refuse to go along
    with anything the judge rules or reject the reorganization plan itself."[80]

    Unemployment, trade deficit and globalization
    CBO reported in 2009 that income tax revenues had declined by nearly
    20% due to higher unemployment caused by the recession, while social
    safety net expenditures increased significantly.[81] The Economic
    Policy Institute (EPI) estimated in May 2010 that 15 million
    Americans were unemployed and another 11 million were
    involuntarily working part time or had dropped out of the labor

                                                                                    U.S. Current Account or Trade Deficit
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    The U.S. has a large current account or trade deficit, meaning its imports exceed exports. This also affects
    employment levels. In 2005, Ben Bernanke addressed the implications of the USA's high and rising current account
    deficit, which increased by $650 billion between 1996 and 2004, from 1.5% to 5.8% of GDP.[83] The trade deficit
    reached a dollar peak of approximately $700 billion in 2008 (4.9% of GDP) before dropping to $420 billion in 2009
    (2.9% of GDP) due to the 2009 recession.[84]
    Imported goods are made by workers in other countries. EPI estimated U.S. job losses due to the trade deficit with
    China alone at 2.3 million jobs between 2001 and 2007, along with significantly lowered U.S. wages.[85] USA Today
    reported in 2007 that an estimated one in six factory jobs (3.2 million) have disappeared from the U.S. since 2000,
    due to automation or off-shoring to countries like Mexico and China, where labor is cheaper. These lost
    manufacturing jobs are fueling a debate over globalization -- the increasing connection of the United States and other
    economies. An estimated 84% of Americans in the labor force are employed in service jobs, up from 81% in 2000.
    Princeton economist Alan Blinder said in 2007 that the number of jobs at risk of being shipped out of the country
    could reach 40 million over the next 10 to 20 years. That would be one out of every three service sector jobs that
    could be at risk.[86]
    Former Fed chair Paul Volcker argued in February 2010 that the U.S. should make more of the goods it consumes
    domestically: "We need to do more manufacturing again. We're never going to be the major world manufacturer as
    we were some years ago, but we could do more than we're doing and be more competitive. And we've got to close
    that big gap. You know, consumption is running about 5 percent above normal. That 5 percent is reflected just about
    equally to what we're importing in excess of what we're exporting. And we've got to bring that back into closer

    Implications of entitlement trust funds
    Both Social Security and Medicare are funded by payroll tax revenues dedicated to those programs. Program tax
    revenues historically have exceeded payouts, resulting in program surpluses and the building of trust fund balances.
    The trust funds earn interest. Both Social Security and Medicare each have two component trust funds. As of
    FY2008, Social Security had a combined $2.4 trillion trust fund balance and Medicare's was $380 billion. If during
    an individual year program payouts exceed the sum of tax income and interest earned during that year (i.e., an annual
    program deficit), the trust fund for the program is drawn down to the extent of the shortfall. Legally, the mandatory
    nature of these programs compels the government to fund them to the extent of tax income plus any remaining trust
    fund balances, borrowing as needed. Once the trust funds are eliminated through expected future deficits, technically
    these programs can only draw on payroll taxes during the current year. In effect, they are "pay as you go" programs,
    with additional legal claims to the extent of their remaining trust fund balances.[88]


    Describing the budgetary challenge
    Then OMB Director Peter Orszag stated in a November 2009 interview: "It's very popular to complain about the
    deficit, but then many of the specific steps that you could take to address it are unpopular. And that is the
    fundamental challenge that we are facing, and that we need help both from the American public and Congress in
    addressing." He characterized the budget problem in two parts: a short- to medium-term problem related to the
    financial crisis of 2007–2010, which has reduced tax revenues significantly and involved large stimulus spending;
    and a long-term problem primarily driven by increasing healthcare costs per person. He argued that the U.S. cannot
    return to a sustainable long-term fiscal path by either tax increases or cuts to non-healthcare cost categories alone;
    the U.S. must confront the rising healthcare costs driving expenditures in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.[89]
    Fareed Zakaria said in February 2010: "But, in one sense, Washington is delivering to the American people exactly
    what they seem to want. In poll after poll, we find that the public is generally opposed to any new taxes, but we also
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    discover that the public will immediately punish anyone who proposes spending cuts in any middle class program
    which are the ones where the money is in the federal budget. Now, there is only one way to square this circle short of
    magic, and that is to borrow money, and that is what we have done for decades now at the local, state and federal
    level...So, the next time you accuse Washington of being irresponsible, save some of that blame for yourself and
    your friends."[90]
    Andrew Sullivan said in March 2010: "...the biggest problem in this country is...they're big babies. I mean, people
    keep saying they don't want any tax increases, but they don't want to have their Medicare cut, they don't want to have
    their Medicaid [cut] or they don't want to have their Social Security touched an inch. Well, it's about time someone
    tells them, you can't have it, baby...You have to make a choice. And I fear that—and I always thought, you see, that
    that was the Conservative position. The Conservative is the Grinch who says no. And, in some ways, I think this in
    the long run, looking back in history, was Reagan's greatest bad legacy, which is he tried to tell people you can have
    it all. We can't have it all."[91]
    Harvard historian Niall Ferguson stated in a November 2009 interview: "The United States is on an unsustainable
    fiscal path. And we know that path ends in one of two ways; you either default on that debt, or you depreciate it
    away. You inflate it away with your currency effectively." He said the most likely case is that the U.S. would default
    on its entitlement obligations for Social Security and Medicare first, by reducing the obligations through entitlement
    reform. He also warned about the risk that foreign investors would demand a higher interest rate to purchase U.S.
    debt, damaging U.S. growth prospects.[92]
    The CBO reported several types of risk factors related to rising debt levels in a July 2010 publication:
    • A growing portion of savings would go towards purchases of government debt, rather than investments in
      productive capital goods such as factories and computers, leading to lower output and incomes than would
      otherwise occur;
    • If higher marginal tax rates were used to pay rising interest costs, savings would be reduced and work would be
    • Rising interest costs would force reductions in important government programs;
    • Restrictions to the ability of policymakers to use fiscal policy to respond to economic challenges; and
    • An increased risk of a sudden fiscal crisis, in which investors demand higher interest rates.[93]

    Can the U.S. outgrow the problem?
    There is debate regarding whether tax cuts,
    less intrusive regulation, and productivity
    improvements could feasibly generate
    sufficient economic growth to offset the
    deficit and debt challenges facing the
    country. According to David Stockman,
    OMB Director under President Reagan,
    post-1980 Republican ideology embraces
    the idea that the "economy will outgrow the
    deficit if plied with enough tax cuts."[94]
    Former President George W. Bush
    exemplified this ideology when he wrote in
    2007: " is also a fact that our tax cuts
    have fueled robust economic growth and
    record revenues."[95] However, as described                      GAO Comparative Increase in Spend vs. GDP.
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    in the tax policy section of this article, multiple studies by economists across the political spectrum and several
    government organizations argue that tax cuts increase deficits and debt.[9] [96]
    Further, the GAO has estimated that double-digit GDP growth would be required for the next 75 years to outgrow
    the projected increases in deficits and debt; GDP growth averaged 3.2% during the 1990s. Because mandatory
    spending growth rates will far exceed any reasonable growth rate in GDP and the tax base, the GAO concluded that
    the U.S. cannot grow its way out of the problem.[97]
    Fed Chair Ben Bernanke stated in April 2010: "Unfortunately, we cannot grow our way out of this problem. No
    credible forecast suggests that future rates of growth of the U.S. economy will be sufficient to close these deficits
    without significant changes to our fiscal policies."[98]

    According to a CBS News/New York Times poll in July 2009, 56% of people were opposed to paying more taxes to
    reduce the deficit and 53% were also opposed to cutting spending. According to a Pew Research poll in June 2009,
    there was no single category of spending that a majority of Americans favored cutting. Only cuts in foreign aid (less
    than 1% of the budget), polled higher than 33%. Economist Bruce Bartlett wrote in December 2009: "Nevertheless, I
    can't really blame members of Congress for lacking the courage or responsibility to get the budget under some
    semblance of control. All the evidence suggests that they are just doing what voters want them to do, which is
    A Bloomberg/Selzer national poll conducted in December 2009 indicated that more than two-thirds of Americans
    favored tax increases on the rich (individuals making over $500,000) to help solve the deficit problem. Further, an
    across-the-board 5% cut in all federal discretionary spending would be supported by 57%; this category is about 30%
    of federal spending. Only 26% favored tax increases on the middle class and only 23% favored reducing the growth
    rate in entitlements, such as Social Security.[100] [101]
    A Rasmussen Reports survey in February 2010 showed that only 35% of voters correctly believe that the majority of
    federal spending goes to just defense, Social Security and Medicare. Forty-four percent (44%) say it’s not true, and
    20% are not sure. [102] A January 2010 Rasmussen report showed that overall, 57% would like to see a cut in
    government spending, 23% favor a freeze, and 12% say the government should increase spending. Republicans and
    unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly favor spending cuts. Democrats are evenly divided between spending cuts and a
    spending freeze.[103]
    According to a Pew Research poll in March 2010, 31% of Republicans would be willing to decrease military
    spending to bring down the deficit. A majority of Democrats (55%) and 46% of Independents say they would accept
    cuts in military spending to reduce the deficit.[104]

    Proposed solutions

    Solution strategies
    In January 2008, then GAO Director David Walker presented a strategy for addressing what he called the federal
    budget "burning platform" and "unsustainable fiscal policy." This included improved financial reporting to better
    capture the obligations of the government; public education; improved budgetary and legislative processes, such as
    "pay as you go" rules; the restructure of entitlement programs and tax policy; and creation of a bi-partisan fiscal
    reform commission. He pointed to four types of "deficits" that comprise the problem: budget, trade, savings and
    Economist Paul Krugman wrote in February 2011: "What would a serious approach to our fiscal problems involve? I
    can summarize it in seven words: health care, health care, health care, revenue...Long-run projections suggest that
    spending on the major entitlement programs will rise sharply over the decades ahead, but the great bulk of that rise
    will come from the health insurance programs, not Social Security. So anyone who is really serious about the budget
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    should be focusing mainly on health care...[by] getting behind specific actions to rein in costs."[106]
    Economist Nouriel Roubini wrote in May 2010: "There are only two solutions to the sovereign debt crisis — raise
    taxes or cut spending — but the political gridlock may prevent either from happening...In the US, the average tax
    burden as a share of GDP is much lower than in other advanced economies. The right adjustment for the US would
    be to phase in revenue increases gradually over time so that you don't kill the recovery while controlling the growth
    of government spending."[107]
    David Leonhardt wrote in The New York Times in March 2010: "For now, political leaders in both parties are still in
    denial about what the solution will entail. To be fair, so is much of the public. What needs to happen? Spending will
    need to be cut, and taxes will need to rise. They won’t need to rise just on households making more than $250,000,
    as Mr. Obama has suggested. They will probably need to rise on your household, however much you make...A
    solution that relied only on spending cuts would dismantle some bedrock parts of modern American society...A
    solution that relied only on taxes would muzzle economic growth."[108]
    Fed Chair Ben Bernanke stated in April 2010: "Thus, the reality is that the Congress, the Administration, and the
    American people will have to choose among making modifications to entitlement programs such as Medicare and
    Social Security, restraining federal spending on everything else, accepting higher taxes, or some combination
    Journalist Steven Pearlstein argued in May 2010 for a comprehensive series of budgetary reforms. These included:
    Spending caps on Medicare and Medicaid; gradually raising the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare;
    limiting discretionary spending increases to the rate of inflation; and imposing a value-added tax.[109]

    National Research Council strategies
    During January 2010, the National Research Council and the National Academy of Public Administration reported a
    series of strategies to address the problem. They included four scenarios designed to prevent the public debt to GDP
    ratio from exceeding 60%:
       1. Low spending and low taxes. This path would allow payroll and income tax rates to remain roughly
          unchanged, but it would require sharp reductions in the projected growth of health and retirement programs;
          defense and domestic spending cuts of 20 percent; and no funds for any new programs without additional
          spending cuts.
       2. Intermediate path 1. This path would raise income and payroll tax rates modestly. It would allow for some
          growth in health and retirement spending; defense and domestic program cuts of 8 percent; and selected new
          public investments, such as for the environment and to promote economic growth.
       3. Intermediate path 2. This path would raise income and payroll taxes somewhat higher than with the previous
          path. Spending growth for health and retirement programs would be slowed, but less than under the other
          intermediate path; and spending for all other federal responsibilities would be reduced. This path gives higher
          priority to entitlement programs for the elderly than to other types of government spending.
       4. High spending and taxes. This path would require substantially higher taxes. It would maintain the projected
          growth in Social Security benefits for all future retirees and require smaller reductions over time in the growth
          of spending for health programs. It would allow spending on all other federal programs to be higher than the
          level implied by current policies.[110] [111]

    CBO budget options reports
    The CBO provided a two-volume report discussing the cost and revenue impact of various budget options during
    2008 and 2009.[112] [113] The CBO also estimated in 2007 that allowing the 2001 and 2003 income tax cuts to expire
    on schedule in 2010 would reduce the annual deficit by $200–300 billion.[114] In addition, CBO reported that annual
    defense spending has increased from approximately $300 billion in 2001 (when the budget was last balanced) to
    $650 billion in 2009.[115]
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    Republican proposals
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R) has proposed the Roadmap for America's Future, which is a series of budgetary reforms. His
    January 2010 version of the plan includes partial privatization of Social Security, the transition of Medicare to a
    voucher system, discretionary spending cuts and freezes, and tax reform.[116] A series of graphs and charts
    summarizing the impact of the plan are included.[117] Economists have both praised and criticized particular features
    of the plan.[118] [119] The CBO also did a partial evaluation of the bill.[120] The Center for Budget and Policy
    Priorities (CBPP) was very critical of the Roadmap.[121] Rep. Ryan provided a response to the CBPP's analysis.[122]
    The Republican Party website includes an alternative budget proposal provided to the President in January 2010. It
    includes lower taxes, lower annual increases in entitlement spending growth, and marginally higher defense
    spending than the President's 2011 budget proposal.[123] During September 2010, Republicans published "A Pledge
    to America" which advocated a repeal of recent healthcare legislation, reduced spending and the size of government,
    and tax reductions.[124] The NYT editorial board was very critical of the Pledge, stating: "...[The Pledge] offers a
    laundry list of spending-cut proposals, none of which are up to the scale of the problem, and many that cannot be
    taken seriously."[125]

    Fiscal reform commission
    President Obama established a budget reform commission, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and
    Reform, during February, 2010. The Commission "shall propose recommendations designed to balance the budget,
    excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015. This result is projected to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio at an
    acceptable level once the economy recovers." The Commission's report is due by December 1, 2010.[126]
    The Commission released a draft of its proposals on November 10, 2010. It included various tax and spend
    adjustments to bring long-run government tax revenue and spending into line at approximately 21% of GDP. For
    fiscal year 2009, tax revenues were approximately 15% of GDP and spending was 24% of GDP. The Co-chairs
    summary of the plan states that it:
    • Achieves nearly $4 trillion in deficit reduction through 2020 via 50+ specific ways to cut outdated programs and
      strengthen competitiveness by making Washington cut and invest, not borrow and spend.
    • Reduces the deficit to 2.2% of GDP by 2015, exceeding President’s goal of primary balance (about 3% of GDP).
    • Reduces tax rates, abolishes the alternative minimum tax, and cuts backdoor spending (e.g., mortgage interest
      deductions) in the tax code.
    • Stabilizes debt by 2014 and reduces debt to 60% of GDP by 2024 and 40% by 2037.
    • Ensures lasting Social Security solvency, prevents projected 22% cuts in 2037, reduces elderly poverty, and
      distributes burden fairly.[127]
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities evaluated the draft plan, praising that it "puts everything on the table" but
    criticizing that it "lacks an appropriate balance between program cuts and revenue increases."[128]
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    Total outlays in recent budget submissions
    • 2012 United States federal budget -
      $3.7 trillion (submitted 2011 by
      President Obama)
    • 2011 United States federal budget -
      $3.8 trillion (submitted 2010 by
      President Obama)
    • 2010 United States federal budget -
      $3.6 trillion (submitted 2009 by
      President Obama)
    • 2009 United States federal budget -
      $3.1 trillion (submitted 2008 by
      President Bush)
    • 2008 United States federal budget -
                                                        Annual U.S. spending 1930-2014 alongside U.S. GDP for comparison.
      $2.9 trillion (submitted 2007 by
      President Bush)
    • 2007 United States federal budget - $2.8 trillion (submitted 2006 by President Bush)
    •   2006 United States federal budget - $2.7 trillion (submitted 2005 by President Bush)
    •   2005 United States federal budget - $2.4 trillion (submitted 2004 by President Bush)
    •   2004 United States federal budget - $2.3 trillion (submitted 2003 by President Bush)
    •   2003 United States federal budget - $2.2 trillion (submitted 2002 by President Bush)
    •   2002 United States federal budget - $2.0 trillion (submitted 2001 by President Bush)
    •   2001 United States federal budget - $1.9 trillion (submitted 2000 by President Clinton)
    •   2000 United States federal budget - $1.8 trillion (submitted 1999 by President Clinton)
    •   1999 United States federal budget - $1.7 trillion (submitted 1998 by President Clinton)
    •   1998 United States federal budget - $1.7 trillion (submitted 1997 by President Clinton)
    •   1997 United States federal budget - $1.6 trillion (submitted 1996 by President Clinton)
    •   1996 United States federal budget - $1.6 trillion (submitted 1995 by President Clinton)
    The President's budget also contains revenue and spending projections for the current fiscal year, the coming fiscal
    years, as well as several future fiscal years. In recent years, the President's budget contained projections five years
    into the future. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issues a "Budget and Economic Outlook" each January and
    an analysis of the President's budget each March. CBO also issues an updated budget and economic outlook in
    Actual budget data for prior years is available from the Congressional Budget Office                  and from the Office of
    Management and Budget (OMB).[130]
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    Basic budget terms (based on GAO Glossary)
    Appropriations "Budget authority to incur obligations and to make payments from the Treasury for specified
    Budget Authority "Authority provided by federal law to enter into financial obligations that will result in immediate
    or future outlays involving federal government funds."
    Outlay "The issuance of checks, disbursement of cash, or electronic transfer of funds made to liquidate a federal
    obligation." The term "outlays" is usually synonymous with "expenditure" or "spending."
    The amount of budget authority and outlays for a fiscal year usually differ because budget authority from a previous
    fiscal year in some cases can be used for outlays in the current fiscal year. Some military and some housing
    programs have multi-year appropriations, in which budget authority is specified for several coming fiscal years.

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    • I.O.U.S.A. Movie - 30 Minute You Tube Summary-Narrated by Former GAO Director David Walker (http://

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