Discretionary budget authority

Kyle Nagel (@KyleNagelDDN)

Some have criticized spending by the legislative branch during a time when that body considers cuts to over government programs. Here, a breakdown of the legislative branch's discretionary budget authority over time and the highest-funded departments of the government.

(Note: Discretionary budget authority is defined as "the Budget Enforcement Act category that comprises programs subject to the annual appropriation process.)


Legislative branch's discretionary budget authority

Highest-funded government departments

Top discretionary budget authority, 2012
Top discretionary budget authority, 2011
Source: Office of Budget and Management