In this policymaking simulation, you will have the opportunity to propose how the U.S. federal budget should be designed for 2019. Congress is currently working on this and you will have the opportunity to make your recommendations for how the decision makers in Washington DC spend our tax dollars.

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DISCRETIONARY BUDGET

You will first be presented with what is called the “Discretionary Budget,” which is the part of the budget that Congress decides on each year. It does not cover what is called “mandatory spending,” which includes such areas as Social Security and Medicare, because the federal government already has dedicated funding sources to pay for them – like the Social Security FICA tax.

GENERAL REVENUES

You will also explore what are called “General Revenues.” This is income the government gets from taxes like income taxes, corporate taxes, and others that can be used for any purpose. You will be able to raise or lower these taxes as you see fit.