Definition of Mandatory Spending

What is "mandatory spending"? What is the definition of the term "mandatory spending"?

"Mandatory spending" is government expenditures that are "automatically obligated by virtue of previously-enacted laws".

This compares to "discretionary spending", which is spending that is set on a yearly basis by Congress.

Mandatory Spending DefinitionSome examples of "mandatory spending" expenditures in the United States are:

-Social Security
-Interest on National Debt
-Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program

"Mandatory spending" makes up the majority of US government expenditures.

-- Articles That Mention Mandatory Spending:

United States Posts $587 Billion Deficit in FY2016

Donald Trump: I'd Eliminate National Debt In Eight Years

What is Sequestration?

CBO: Net Interest To Total $5.41 Trillion Over Next Ten Years

Counter: House Republicans Send Obama Their "Fiscal Cliff" Offer