Will Congress Follow the Law?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 cut discretionary spending in 2014 by $68 billion, compared to fiscal year 2013 budget authority. The law then put revised caps in place, limiting defense and non-defense discretionary spending through 2021. Two budget deals bust the discretionary spending caps in 2014 through 2017, and Congress is currently contemplating busting the caps again – only this time by more than the previous three deals combined! Congress should instead maintain the Budget Control Act caps and prioritize among competing budget programs to drive spending down.

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Date Produced: November 30, 2016

Source: Congressional Budget Office

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