Is It Worth It?

Check out the costs of proposed policies, tax breaks, and federal spending in the U.S. budget. Compare the annual or total cost with the cost per person, per taxpayer, or per household to see if you think it is worth it. Click an item to share on social media.

  • Policy Proposals

    The cost of policies Congress may consider.

  • 2022 Federal Spending

    2022 Government spending on key areas of the budget.

  • 2022 Federal Tax Breaks

    The cost of tax breaks (i.e. spending through the tax code).

Category
Annual Cost

Biden Administration Student Debt Changes - More info

$50,000,000,000
$151 $338 $410

Gas Tax Holiday - More info

$2,290,000,000
$7 $15 $19

Paid Family Leave - More info

$22,500,000,000
$68 $152 $184

Universal Pre-K - More info

$14,000,000,000
$42 $95 $115

Child Tax Credit Extension - More info

$109,000,000,000
$328 $736 $893

SALT Deduction Cap Repeal - More info

$80,000,000,000
$241 $541 $656

Free Community College - More info

$8,800,000,000
$27 $59 $72

Child Care Subsidies - More info

$25,500,000,000
$77 $172 $209

Defense and Military Benefits - More info

$1,042,001,000,000
$3,139 $7,041 $8,541

National Defense

$773,409,000,000
$2,330 $5,226 6,339

Veterans Services

$268,592,000,000
$809 $1,815 2,202

Foreign Aid and International Programs - More info

$62,276,000,000
$188 $421 $510

Foreign Aid/Humanitarian Assistance

$33,153,000,000
$100 $224 272

Other International Affairs

$29,123,000,000
$88 $197 239

Science, Space, and Technology - More info

$37,010,000,000
$111 $250 $303

NASA

$22,414,000,000
$68 $151 184

National Science Foundation

$7,668,000,000
$23 $52 63

Energy Research

$6,928,000,000
$21 $47 57

Energy - More info

$-6,768,000,000
$-20 $-46 $-55

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

$-12,996,000,000
$-39 $-88 -107

Other Energy

$6,228,000,000
$19 $42 51

Natural Resources and Environment - More info

$46,939,000,000
$141 $317 $385

Environmental Protection Agency

$9,051,000,000
$27 $61 74

National Parks

$3,903,000,000
$12 $26 32

Other Natural Resources and Environment

$33,985,000,000
$102 $230 279

Farm Subsidies - More info

$20,902,000,000
$63 $141 $171

Education - More info

$197,898,000,000
$596 $1,337 $1,622

K-12 and Vocational Education

$128,557,000,000
$387 $869 1,054

Higher Education

$69,341,000,000
$209 $469 568

Health Care - More info

$1,740,031,000,000
$5,241 $11,757 $14,263

Medicare

$775,095,000,000
$2,335 $5,237 6,353

Medicaid

$589,254,000,000
$1,775 $3,981 4,830

Children's Health Insurance Program

$17,186,000,000
$52 $116 141

Premium Tax Credits for Individual Insurance Programs

$89,107,000,000
$268 $602 730

National Institutes of Health

$41,153,000,000
$124 $278 337

Centers for Disease Control

$16,026,000,000
$48 $108 131

Food and Drug Administration

$3,198,000,000
$10 $22 26

Public Health Emergency Fund

$141,332,000,000
$426 $955 1,158

Other Health Care

$67,680,000,000
$204 $457 555

Income Security - More info

$884,386,000,000
$2,664 $5,976 $7,249

Food Stamps

$159,374,000,000
$480 $1,077 1,306

Child Nutrition

$35,926,000,000
$108 $243 294

Unemployment Compensation

$42,909,000,000
$129 $290 352

Supplemental Security Income

$62,682,000,000
$189 $424 514

Federal Civilian Retirement

$114,123,000,000
$344 $771 935

Military Retirement

$71,300,000,000
$215 $482 584

Housing Assistance

$77,654,000,000
$234 $525 637

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

$16,504,000,000
$50 $112 135

Earned Income Tax Credit

$55,691,000,000
$168 $376 456

Child Tax Credit

$125,619,000,000
$378 $849 1,030

Other Income Security

$122,604,000,000
$369 $828 1,005

Social Security - More info

$1,217,743,000,000
$3,668 $8,228 $9,982

Transportation - More info

$130,469,000,000
$393 $882 $1,069

Highway Project Grants

$44,731,000,000
$135 $302 367

Transit Project Grants

$23,617,000,000
$71 $160 194

Federal Aviation Administration

$25,622,000,000
$77 $173 210

Transportation Security Administration

$4,641,000,000
$14 $31 38

Other Transportation

$31,858,000,000
$96 $215 261

Administration of Justice - More info

$88,622,000,000
$267 $599 $726

Federal Courts/Attorneys

$17,445,000,000
$53 $118 143

Customs and Border Protection

$16,908,000,000
$51 $114 139

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

$8,595,000,000
$26 $58 70

Federal Prisons

$7,133,000,000
$21 $48 58

Federal Bureau of Investigation

$4,538,000,000
$14 $31 37

Other Justice

$34,003,000,000
$102 $230 279

Federal Emergency Management Administration - More info

$43,222,000,000
$130 $292 $354

General Government - More info

$145,179,000,000
$437 $981 $1,190

COVID Relief Fund for States/Localities

$115,000,000,000
$346 $777 943

Congressional Salaries

$132,000,000
$0 $1 1

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

$485,000,000
$1 $3 4

National Endowment for the Arts

$261,000,000
$1 $2 2

National Endowment for the Humanities

$242,000,000
$1 $2 2

Other General Government

$29,059,000,000
$88 $196 238

Interest on the Debt

$399,035,000,000
$1,202 $2,696 $3,271

TOTAL 2022 SPENDING

$5,871,842,000,000
$17,686 $39,675 $48,130

TOTAL 2022 REVENUE

$4,836,043,000,000
$14,566 $32,676 $39,640

TOTAL 2022 DEFICIT

$1,035,799,000,000
$3,120 $6,999 $8,490

Reduced Tax Rates on Capital Gains and Dividends - More info

$107,710,000,000
$324 $728 $883

Exclusion for Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums - More info

$221,020,000,000
$666 $1,493 $1,812

Preferential Tax Treatment of 401(k)s - More info

$102,850,000,000
$310 $695 $843

Child Tax Credit - More info

$176,890,000,000
$533 $1,195 $1,450

Preferential Tax Treatment of Defined Benefit Pensions - More info

$73,370,000,000
$221 $496 $601

Reduced Tax Rates on Foreign-Earned Multinational Business Income - More info

$33,810,000,000
$102 $228 $277

Accelerated Write-Offs for Business Equipment - More info

$26,180,000,000
$79 $177 $215

Earned Income Tax Credit - More info

$79,700,000,000
$240 $539 $653

Premium Tax Credits for Individual Insurance Programs

$52,950,000,000
$159 $358 $434

Pass-Through Deduction - More info

$56,070,000,000
$169 $379 $460

Exclusion of Capital Gains at Death - More info

$43,910,000,000
$132 $297 $360

Exclusion of Social Security Benefits - More info

$27,240,000,000
$82 $184 $223

Exclusion of Gains for Home Sales - More info

$42,730,000,000
$129 $289 $350

Charitable Deduction - More info

$73,340,000,000
$221 $496 $601

Exclusion for Municipal Bonds - More info

$31,520,000,000
$95 $213 $258

Mortgage Interest Deduction - More info

$30,340,000,000
$91 $205 $249

Tax Benefits for IRAs - More info

$25,300,000,000
$76 $171 $207

State and Local Tax Deduction - More info

$14,700,000,000
$44 $99 $120

Health Cost Deductions - More info

$27,720,000,000
$83 $187 $227

Higher Education Tax Credits - More info

$17,600,000,000
$53 $119 $144

Exclusion of Life Insurance Benefits - More info

$12,910,000,000
$39 $87 $106

Research and Experimentation Credit - More info

$20,400,000,000
$61 $138 $167

Other Tax Expenditures - More info

$241,188,000,000
$726 $1,630 $1,977