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5. Three of the following are “mandatory” programs, where spending is locked in by laws other than appropriations acts. Which one, by contrast, has "discretionary" spending?

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

In the early 1960s, two-thirds of federal spending was discretionary. By 2011 the discretionary share had dropped to 37 percent.

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Crop insurance

 

Military equipment maintenance

 

Medicaid

 

Food stamps (SNAP)

 
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