Definitions for "Direct spending"
Direct spending is the same as mandatory spending. It is spending which is authorized other than by the 13 appropriations bills in the appropriations process which constitute discretionary spending.
Under the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990, direct spending consists of budget authority and resulting outlays provided in laws other than appropriation acts; entitlement authority including appropriated entitlements; and the Food Stamp Program.
Direct spending, sometimes called mandatory spending, is a category of outlays from budget authority provided in law other than appropriations acts, entitlement authority, and the budget authority for the food stamp program. (Cf. discretionary appropriations.)
Money that goes directly from a tourist into the economy of the destination.