An '''entitlement''' is a [[federal]] program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or
unit of [[government]] that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the [[federal ]] [[government]], and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. [[Social Security]], veterans' compensation, and government pensions are examples of entitlement programs.<ref>[ http://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/entitlement.htm] US Senate Reference</ref>
'''Entitlement spending''' can also be referred to as '''non-discretionary spending''' or [[mandatory spending]], and
does not require an annual [[ appropriation]], or vote from Congress, as [[ discretionary spending]] does.
In 2013, 62% of the United States federal budget went for non-discretionary, mandatory
, entitlement spending.<ref>http://nationalpriorities.org/media/uploads/federal_budget_101/Figure8.3.png</ref>
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