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What are the main characteristics of MANDATORY spending?

  • Direct spending, also known as mandatory spending, refers to spending enacted by law, but not dependent on an annual or periodic appropriation bill. (14% people answered this)
  • Most mandatory spending consists of transfer payments and welfare benefits such as Social Security benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid. (12% people answered this)
  • Mandatory programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare, would continue to be funded even were the appropriation bill to be vetoed or otherwise not enacted. (2% people answered this)
  • All of the above. (70% people answered this)

148 people answered.


Correct answer is: All of the above.


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