Mandatory spending


Mandatory spending

In economics, mandatory spending is spending on certain programs that is required by existing law.[1]

In the United States, mandatory spending refers to budget authority and ensuing outlays provided in laws other than appropriations acts, including annually appropriated entitlements. For example, nearly three-fourths of USDA spending is classified as mandatory (or appropriated entitlement) spending, including the farm commodity price and income support programs, crop insurance, food stamps and child nutrition programs.[2]

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