Money in, money out

Charting change in the 2013 federal budget

A president's annual budget request to Congress is always the first step in the complex process of funding the federal government. This year, however, as President Obama and congressional Republicans prepare to face voters in November, the debate over the spending blueprint will be more about contrasting their dueling visions of government and less about actually passing a budget. To help inform that debate, here is a look at how spending and revenue have changed over the last three decades, by administration:

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Historical charts based on inflation-adjusted dollars. "Other" spending includes interest and undistributed offsetting receipts.

SOURCE: White House Office of Management and Budget. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Dan Keating and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Feb. 13, 2012.

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