A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Dark Horse
DCCC
Debate
Debt Limit
Debt Retirement
Defendant
Deficit
Deficit Spending
Deflation
Delegate
Democracy
Democratic Party
Depression
Discretionary Spending
Disenfranchised
Dismissal
Dissenting Opinion
Distributive Justice
District Attorney
Diversity
Divided Government
Dividend
Double Giving
Double Jeopardy
DSCC
DSCC
Due Process
Discretionary Spending

This is the portion of the federal budget that is set annually at the discretion of Congress. Discretionary spending, which accounts for just over a third of the budget, includes such programs as national defense, education, transportation and federal law enforcement. It is distinct from spending on {entitlements}, which is set depending on how many people meet the eligibility requirements of certain federal programs.