In 2010, the federal government spent 3.457 trillion dollars. In 2013, it will spend 3.455 trillion.

Is the federal government getting any smaller? Not really.

As the Post's David Fahrenthold notes in a terrific piece today, even though Congress and the White House have been through six budget showdowns over two and a half years, little has changed.

The government is on track to spend $3.455 trillion in 2013, which is down ever so slightly from the $3.457 trillion it spent in 2010. The federal government employs 4.1 million people, a population that would make it larger than 24 states.

Check out Dave tell the story in an "In Play" video below.

David Fahrenthold breaks down how much the government has actually changed since 2010. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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