Posted: 2:38 am ET
Via the Congressional Budget Office, February 2017:
Discretionary Spending is spending that lawmakers control through annual appropriation acts. Below is a breakdown of discretionary spending for FY2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016).
- $1.2 Trillion | Discretionary spending by the federal government in 2016
- $584 Billion ($0.6 Trillion) | Spending on national defense, which accounted for nearly half of the discretionary total, in 2016
- $52 Billion | International Affairs, which accounted for the smallest nondefense spending