The Federal Budget
This white paper is intended to provide quick information on how the
federal government goes about spending money, and what it spends it on.
The Federal Budget: A Primer is an
introduction to terminology surrounding the federal budget and the
federal budget process itself---how the budget is created by Congress and then
size of federal spending
relative to the size of the economy is summarized in table and graph form
Trends in the size of various components of federal
spending (1962--2003) are presented in table and graph form.
For US military spending,
similar information is also
presented, along with
comparisons to world military spending.
An overview of how the government spent money in 2003
is presented in
2003 Federal Outlays: Summary.
Similar numbers are also presented for
projected spending in 2004.
More detailed numbers, from 1962 to projected spending for 2005,
can be found using the data interface in
Federal Budget: Detailed Numbers.
Figures are also present for the
budgetary cost of the Iraq war, including
funding for the conflict, occupation, and reconstruction.