Does Entitlement Spending Constitute 71 Percent of the Budget?

At last night’s Republican presidential debate, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) claimed that "71% of federal spending right now is on entitlements, and debt service, 71%." This claim is basically true. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), mandatory and interest spending will constitute 68 percent of total spending in 2015. Those categories will reach 71 percent in 2017, the year the next President will take office.

Ruling: Largely True