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MANDATORY SPENDING IN 2016: AN INFOGRAPHIC
Mandatory spending by the federal government totaled $2.4 trillion in 2016, of which $1.6 trillion was for Social Security and Medicare. President Obama proposes to spend $2.63 trillionº in mandatory spending in fiscal year 2016, an increase of more than 5 percent over the 2015 enacted level. Mandatory spending includes earned-benefit programs that people pay into, such as Social Security and Medicare, and accounts for 65 percent of all spending in the president’s proposed 2016 budget. DOWNLOAD