A department-by-department guide to cutting the government's budget.

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture administers large farm subsidy programs and runs the food stamp and school lunch programs.

The department will spend about $148 billion in 2015, or almost $1,203 for every U.S. household. It employs 91,000 workers and operates more than 266 subsidy programs.

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense oversees a vast array of people and assets at home and abroad, but we could improve security and reduce costs with a more restrained military strategy.

The department will spend about $567 billion in fiscal 2015, or $4,609 for every U.S. household.

Department of Education

The Department of Education provides loans and grants to college students and subsidizes elementary and secondary schools.

The department will spend $103 billion in 2015, or $837 for every U.S. household. It employs 4,000 workers and operates 120 subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

Chris Christie’s Fiscal Record

Chris Christie joins the Republican field for president with an announcement at his former high school. Christie, the current governor of New Jersey, has worked to improve New Jersey’s fiscal situation. Christie earned a respectable grade of “B” on both the 2012 and2014 Cato’s Fiscal Policy Report Cards, partly due to his repeated vetoes of the legislature’s tax increases.
on July 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Edges to Default

Greece is expected to default on its government debts tomorrow as its bailout package from the European Union (EU) expires. The country will also hold a referendum on Friday on whether to accept the latest round of terms from its EU funders. Greece continues to grab all the headlines, but there is another government closer to home that is in a similar situation: Puerto Rico. Over the weekend, the governor of the island announced that Puerto Rico is unable to repay its $70 billion in debt.

Senate Testimony on Wasteful Spending

Federal debt is piling up and spending is expected to soar in coming years. Projections show rivers of red ink unless federal policymakers enact reforms. They should cut spending in every department. A great place to start would be cutting aid-to-state programs, which cost more than $600 billion a year.
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