Budget Outlays for 12 of 15 Cabinet-Level Federal Departments Have Dramatically Expanded Since Dems Took Control of Congress

October 26, 2010 - 4:32 PM

Office of Management and Budget Seal

Office of Management and Budget Seal

(CNSNews.com) - Since 2007, when the Democrats regained control of Congress, budgetary outlays for 12 of the 15 Cabinet-level federal governmental departments have increased in almost straight-line fashion – in several case substantially. But for all departments, outlays for Fiscal Year 2010 are higher than FY07 or in FY08.

The Democratic Congress passed its first budget -- for FY08 – in 2007. Since then, expenditures have gone up for virtually every department, according to statistics provided by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Outlays for the Department of Agriculture, for example, experienced a significant increase throughout the past four fiscal years, going from $84.4 billion in FY07 to $90.8 billion in FY08 to $142 billion in FY10 -- a 68 percent increase over the four fiscal years.

Spending has not increased in a straight line for every department, with spending for three departments -- Interior, Education and Treasury -- varying over the period. But in all cases, outlays for FY10 are higher than for FY07 and FY08.

The outlay for the Interior Department, for instance, went from $10.5 billion in FY07 down to $9.8 billion in FY08, but nevertheless grew to more than $12 billion for FY10.

The total budget for the Department of Education in FY07 was $66.4 billion. In FY09, it dropped to $53.4 billion before doubling in FY10 to $106.9 billion -- the highest amount ever granted to the Department of Education.

The Treasury Department outlay, meanwhile, went from $490.6 billion in FY07 to 548.8 billion in FY08 to 701billion in FY09, then back down to $502.9 billion in FY10.

The largest increase belongs to the Department of Labor which went from $47.5 billion in FY07 to $209.3 billion in FY10 – a 340 percent increase.

Here are the total budgetary outlays for Fiscal Years 2007 through 2010, listed by agency, according to OMB figures:

Department of Agriculture (68 percent increase in spending):

2007- $84.427 billion

2008- $90.795 billion

2009- $114.440 billion

2010- $142.016 billion

Department of Commerce (158 percent):

2007- $6.475 billion

2008- $7.721 billion

2009- $10.718 billion

2010- $16.714 billion

Department of Defense (31 percent increase):

2007- $528.578 billion

2008- $594.662 billion

2009- $636.775 billion

2010- $692.031 billion

Department of Education (61 percent):

2007- $66.372 billion

2008- $65.963 billion

2009- $53.389 billion

2010- $106.944 billion

Department of Energy (90 percent):

2007- $20.116 billion

2008- $21.400 billion

2009- $24.683 billion

2010- $38.278 billion

Department of Health and Human Services (29 percent):

2007- $671.982 billion

2008- $700.442 billion

2009- $796.267 billion

2010- $868.762 billion

Department of Homeland Security (35 percent):

2007- $39.172 billion

2008- $40.684 billion

2009- $51.725 billion

2010- $52.903 billion

Department of Housing and Urban Development (37 percent):

2007- $45.561 billion

2008- $49.088 billion

2009- $61.019 billion

2010- $62.518 billion

Department of Interior (15 percent):

2007- $10.469 billion

2008- $9.817 billion

2009- $11.775 billion

2010- $12.042 billion

Department of Justice (29 percent):

2007- $23.349 billion

2008- $26.545 billion

2009- $27.711 billion

2010- $30.333 billion

Department of Labor (340 percent):

2007- $47.544 billion

2008- $58.838 billion

2009- $138.157 billion

2010- $209.265 billion

Department of State (87 percent):

2007- $13.737 billion

2008- $17.493 billion

2009- $21.427 billion

2010- $25.726 billion

Department of Transportation (47 percent):

2007- $61.697 billion

2008- $64.944 billion

2009- $73.004 billion

2010- $90.944 billion

Department of Treasury (3 percent):

2007- $490.589 billion

2008- $548.797 billion

2009- $701.775 billion

2010- $502.980 billion

Department of Veterans Affairs (71 percent):

2007- $72.792 billion

2008- $84.749 billion

2009- $95.457 billion

2010- $124.565 billion