Budget Charts

Courtsey House Committee on Appropriations

Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2010, they have fought hard to rein in out of control spending and have helped turn the corner towards fiscal restraint.


Courtsey House Armed Services Committee

As the chart shows, mandatory spending has grown dramatically over the years, from just more than 20 percent of the budget in the 1960s to about 45 percent in the 1980s to more than 60 percent today. The increase in mandatory spending as a share of the budget has correlated with a dramatic decrease in defense spending, which Rep. Roby sees as a disturbing trend.