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Government Spending Breakdown

Most government outlays are spent in just a few functional areas: pensions, health care, education, defense, and welfare.

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Total Government Spending
in the United States
Federal, State, and Local
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2012   +1yr +5yr


 Government Pensions   6% GDP   
 Government Health Care   + 7% GDP   
 Government Education   + 6% GDP   
 National Defense   + 5% GDP   
 Government Welfare   + 3% GDP   
 All Other Spending   + 10% GDP   
 Total Government Spending   38% GDP   
 Federal Deficit   + 7% GDP   
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Spending Key:
Total spending: actual, as reported by the Office of Management and Budget and the US Bureau of the Census.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.
  Federal data since 1962 comes from the president’s budget.
  All other spending data comes from the US Census Bureau.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1890.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2012:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

> data sources for other years
> data update schedule.

House Budget Plan for FY16

On August 15, 2015, we updated usgovernmentspending.com with the numbers from the draft budget resolution for FY16 prepared by the House Budget Committee.  The site now shows data from the current FY16 Budget Resolution and also Ryan-authored budget resolutions for FY12, FY13, FY14 and FY15.

You can view and download data on the House Budget page here.  You can compare the House Budget with the administration's FY16 budget here.

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