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The Democrats’ Spending Spree

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Washington, Feb 3, 2011 | comments

Since he took office in January of 2009, President Obama has signed into law a massive spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us deeper into debt.

The onslaught of new spending was primarily focused on special-interest spending for domestic government agencies. As Democrats dramatically increased the size and scope of the Federal government, families and small businesses continued to work harder to make ends meet.

Table 1 details both defense and non-defense discretionary spending, excluding emergencies. The table breaks spending into base budget increases and stimulus spending on top. Democrats’ appropriation bills increased non-defense discretionary spending by nearly 25 percent – an 84 percent increase when you include the stimulus.

Table 2 details the massive increase in both the base budgets for major government agencies, as well as the added funding provided to each in the failed stimulus. Among the many egregious examples: The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget increased by 36 percent in just two years. When the $7 billion the agency received in stimulus funding is included, the EPA enjoyed a two-year increase of 131 percent.


Table 1: Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Increased by 84%
(budget authority in billions of dollars)
Base Spending Scored 2008 Scored 2009a Scored 2010

Defense (Function 050)

499 533 554
Non-Defense 434 478 537
Totals 933 1,013 1,091
Non-Defense % Annual Increase 10% 12%
Non-Defense % Increase 08-10 24%
Discretionary ‘Stimulus’ Spendingb 259
Non-Defense % Increase with ‘Stimulus’ 08-10 84%

Source: Congressional Budget Office Score of Enacted Appropriations
a President Obama signed Public Law 111-8, providing appropriations for all agencies and programs other than those for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and Military Construction, which had been provided in Public Law 110-329, signed by President Bush.
b Reflects only the fiscal year 2009 discretionary spending portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The total estimated cost of the act is $862 billion.



Table 2: Discretionary Spending By Government Agency
Scored Non Emergency BA (in millions of dollars)
Total Base Budget Total with Stimulus
2008 2009 Stimulus 2010 08-10 08-10
Agency
Agriculture 20,853 23,149 12,480 26,080 25.1% 84.9%
Commerce 6,827 9,252 7,936 13,852 102.9% 219.1%
Corps of Engineers 5,600 5,403 4,600 5,445 -2.8% 79.4%
Defense 479,203 511,070 7,435 530,690 10.7% 12.3%
Education 57,412 57,745 97,407 63,715 11.0% 180.6%
Energy 24,149 26,459 38,735 26,634 10.3% 170.7%
EPA 7,590 7,645 7,220 10,298 35.7% 130.8%
Health & Human Services 72,976 77,393 22,397 83,656 14.6% 45.3%
Homeland Security 34,851 41,746 2,755 40,963 17.5% 25.4%
Housing Urban Dev 37,671 41,291 13,625 46,049 22.2% 58.4%
Interior 11,150 11,195 3,005 12,069 8.2% 35.2%
International Assistance 21,323 15,647 38 21,885 2.6% 2.8%
Judicial Branch 5,812 6,070 0 6,428 10.6% 10.6%
Justice 21,102 23,351 4,002 23,924 13.4% 32.3%
Labor 11,508 12,328 4,806 13,532 17.6% 59.4%
Legislative Branch 4,035 4,466 25 4,735 17.3% 18.0%
NASA 17,118 17,782 1,002 18,723 9.4% 15.2%
NSF 6,032 6,490 3,002 6,927 14.8% 64.6%
Independent Agencies & Allowances 5,884 10,378 6,984 11,766 100.0% 218.7%
Social Security 8,168 8,530 1,002 9,284 13.7% 25.9%
State Department 11,357 20,562 564 26,371 132.2% 137.2%
Transportation 10,733 13,390 48,120 21,382 99.2% 547.6%
Treasury 11,997 12,690 187 13,463 12.2% 13.8%
Veterans 39,416 47,606 1,401 53,040 34.6% 38.1%
Total 932,767 1,011,638 288,728 1,090,911 17.0% 47.9%
Source: Congressional Budget Office Score of Enacted Appropriations


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