Number of the Day

2.1% The percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) to which Representative Paul Ryan's budget would cut domestic discretionary spending, i.e. the spending that funds little things "like homeland security, veterans, nuclear weapons, and foreign operations; safety net programs like housing vouchers and nutrition assistance for women and infants; most of the funding for the enforcement of consumer protection, environmental protection, and financial regulation; and practically all of the federal government’s civilian public investments, such as infrastructure, education, training, and research and development."

The current level of domestic discretionary spending is 4%, so Ryan's budget would effectively cut it in half, "the lowest level in over 50 years."

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