What portion of all federal government spending is for means-tested welfare programs?
In 2018, 17% of all federal government spending was for means-tested welfare programs. This figure has risen from 4% in 1962, mainly as a result of laws first enacted during the presidency of Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. When he proposed these programs, Johnson said they would "cure" poverty without "any increase in spending." For more facts about the history and growth of means-tested welfare, see the link below.