The welfare budget is presented on the following table. The table shows the spending on U.S. Welfare Programs for the past two fiscal years. The welfare budget is comprised of 13 large programs as described on the Safety Net Programs Page. These programs spent $361 billion and $373 billion in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The welfare budget also includes the Medicaid Program (health care for the low-income Americans). With the inclusion of Medicaid the overall spending on welfare totaled $711 billion in fiscal year 2015 and $740 billion in 2016. This represents 19% of the spending in the entire federal government.
Federal Spending in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 in Billions:
Federal Spending By Welfare Program For Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016
When added together the 13 large programs making up the welfare budget represent the third largest entitlement program – larger than the Unemployment and Medicaid Programs and smaller than Medicare and Social Security. For more information on spending see Entitlement Spending Page.
Welfare spending was assembled from usgovernmentspending.com as documented on each separate welfare program page. All numbers are updated periodically as reported by usgovernmentspending.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017. Available here.