Federal Gov’s Interest Payments On Debt Tops Spending On National Defense, Medicare

Congress has spent more money on interest so far this year than it has spent on both national defense and Medicare.

Spending on net interest hit $514 billion in the first seven months of fiscal year 2024. That’s more than spending on both national defense ($498 billion) and Medicare ($465 billion).

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for those 65 and older and younger people with disabilities. During the same time period, the U.S. spent $873 billion on Social Security, the federal program that provides retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits to more than 67 million Americans.

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