Federal Annual Discretionary Spending (FADS)
Federal Annual Discretionary Spending (FADS) is the amount of money the U.S. Federal government has discretion to decide how to spend in a year, without borrowing.
It is used to create a tool for getting our heads around how big a dollar number is. Big numbers can be hard to relate to.
The tool is a Percent of FADS number, which is a big dollar number divided by FADS. That figure shows what percent of U.S. Federal discretionary spending it represents. That helps us understand how big the number and need are.
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