FY 2010 Discretionary Budget:
The total Security budget increased 1% to $673 billion. This included $130 billion for overseas contingency operations, which meant increased troops in Afghanistan and a slow wind-down in Iraq. (Source: OMB, Defense Department,"Defense Department Budget")
FY 2010 Actual Spending:
- Health and Human Services - $84.4 billion.
- Education - $64.3 billion.
- Housing and Urban Development - $42.8 billion.
- Justice - $27.6 billion.
- Agriculture - $25.1 billion.
- NASA - $18.7 billion.
How Did the Discretionary Budget Affect the Economy?:
In FY 2009 and FY 2010, the stimulus package increased spending in transportation, housing and human services. Many of these government programs had originally been created as part of the New Deal to provide a safety net for those who had been demolished by the Great Depression of 1929. The 2010 budget was a return to Depression economics. The increase in spending was designed to restore the economy to a healthy 3.2% growth rate by 2011.