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Two Times Ten to the Thirteenth Dollars in Unauthorized Government Spending


A research team at Michigan State University analyzed documents relating to the spending of the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1998 to 2015 and concluded that those two departments alone had somehow managed to spend $21,000,000,000,000 more than Congress authorized. In 2015, Congress provided the United States Army with a budget of $122,000,000,000, which the Army overspent by a factor of 54: They had $6,500,000,000,000 in “unsupported adjustments”.

“MSU Scholars Find $21 Trillion in Unauthorized Government Spending; Defense Department to Conduct First-Ever Audit”
MSU Today, December 11, 2017

Perhaps it's not so surprising that Congress finds it difficult to take seriously its Constitutional duty to pass a budget every year.

#United-States-budget #military-spending #Department-of-Defense

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018