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    Budget Explainer: What's at Stake with Discretionary Spending Cuts

    In fiscal year 2012, the federal government spent almost $3.6 trillion, and about one-third of that amount was for "discretionary" programs. These programs cover a large number of government activities — everything from national defense to the FBI, highways, national parks, maintenance of the U.S. Capitol, and the National Academy of Sciences. Indeed most of the things that people consider to be federal government activities are funded through discretionary programs.

    Discretionary spending funds a wide range of government programs


    Issues in Brief: PGPF Research

    The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is committed to finding solutions to our nation's long-term fiscal challenges, thereby helping to secure a strong economic future for all Americans.

    This fall, PGPF research staff will publish a series of one-page articles, providing objective analyses on major government programs and policies. Check back regularly for new articles.


Fiscal Confidence Index

Survey: Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, the Fiscal Confidence Index is a monthly national survey that measures public opinion about the national debt.

The Tax Reform Opportunity

Video: Our tax code is complex, unfair, and insufficient. Learn more about the opportunity we have to reform and improve tax policy.