Where Does the Money Go? | National Priorities Project

Discretionary spending refers to the portion of the budget which goes through the annual appropriations process each year. In other words, Congress directly sets the level of spending on programs which are discretionary. Congress can choose to increase or decrease spending on any of those programs in a given year.

The discretionary budget is usually around one-third of total federal spending. This pie chart shows how President Obama proposed dividing up discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013.

via Where Does the Money Go? | National Priorities Project.