These activities become more important when overall spending is limited.
If the forecasts hold true, overall spending is expected to rise to $15.1 billion, about what it was in 2001.
They also said the proposed overall spending was not enough, particularly for treatment and education.
It terms of overall federal spending, the result would be a net decrease.
Unless or until they do, there won't be any significant change in overall spending, he said.
The council's overall spending can rise by 5.4 per cent.
And in any case, will more prudent practice be enough to contain overall spending?
Congress would set overall spending and revenue figures at the beginning of the year.
"When it comes to overall spending we're less of an energy intensive society than we used to be."
That is about 4 percent of the overall spending in the bill.