Difference between revisions of "Entitlement"

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An '''entitlement''' is a [[federal]] program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of [[government]] that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the [[federal]] [[government]], and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. [[Social Security]], veterans' compensation, and government pensions are examples of entitlement programs.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/entitlement.htm] US Senate Reference</ref>
 
An '''entitlement''' is a [[federal]] program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of [[government]] that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the [[federal]] [[government]], and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. [[Social Security]], veterans' compensation, and government pensions are examples of entitlement programs.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/entitlement.htm] US Senate Reference</ref>
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'''Entitlement spending''' can also be referred to as '''non-discretionary spending''' or  '''mandatory spending''', and does not require an annual [[appropriation]] from Congress as [[discretionary spending]] does.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Discretionary spending]]
 
 
*[[Direct spending]]
 
*[[Direct spending]]
*[[Social Security]]
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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[[Category:United States Senate Terms]]
 
[[Category:United States Senate Terms]]
 
[[Category:Budget terms]]
 
[[Category:Budget terms]]

Revision as of 20:13, 5 January 2013

An entitlement is a federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the federal government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security, veterans' compensation, and government pensions are examples of entitlement programs.[1]

Entitlement spending can also be referred to as non-discretionary spending or mandatory spending, and does not require an annual appropriation from Congress as discretionary spending does.

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  1. [1] US Senate Reference