Federal Budget Analysis

An Economy That’s Built to Last: The 2012 State of the Union Address

Jan. 26, 2012

National Priorities Project takes apart President Obama’s last State of the Union Address in his first term as president.


Year End Wrap-Up

Sept. 28, 2011

September 30th marks the end of the fiscal year for the U.S. Government, and if you've had trouble following events in Washington, you're in good company. NPP pulls together key events of 2011 and offers a look ahead to critical decisions awaiting our elected officials.


End of the Year Military Spending Wrap-Up

Aug. 26, 2011

In the coming weeks the “Super Committee” of twelve Senators and Members of Congress will begin deliberating ways to generate as much as $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over a decade. Beginning with the military, NPP will create a clearer picture of the budgetary decisions that await the Committee.


What's at Stake?

Aug. 22, 2011

What's at Stake? offers 50 state-level briefs focused on the local impact of war spending.


Military Recruitment 2010

June 30, 2011

Approximately one quarter of all military spending goes towards the recruitment, retention, wages and benefits for military personnel.  Each year, National Priorities Project (NPP) reports on military recruitment in an effort to better understand these expenditures by focusing on active-duty Army recruits.


Afghan War Costs Compared to State Budget Shortfalls

June 27, 2011

41 states and the District of Columbia are projecting budget shortfalls for FY2012 totaling $102.9 billion. This amount could be wiped out entirely by the amount spent on the war in Afghanistan this year ($122 billion in FY2011).


Annual Costs of the War in Afghanistan

June 7, 2011

As part of its "Cost of War" analysis, NPP has calculated the total cost of the war in Afghanistan.


U.S. Security Spending Since 9/11

May 26, 2011

The killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. special forces prompted a great many questions about the continued U.S. war in Afghanistan, and how much the United States has spent on “security” since the attacks on September 11, 2001. National Priorities Project has the numbers.


Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Agreement

April 13, 2011

Quite literally at the 11th hour on Friday, April 8, narrowly averting a government shutdown, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and President Obama reached agreement on a spending bill that will fund the federal government for the last six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, which ends on September 30, 2011. The agreement is actually two bills – a seven day Continuing Resolution to allow time for the last minute work needed to enact the full spending package, and a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds government, unless otherwise specified, at FY2010 levels for the remainder of FY2011.


The President's Budget to the Chairman's Plan

April 6, 2011

On April 5, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released “Path to Prosperity,” his budget proposal for FY2012, with projections through FY2021. The plan cuts $6.2 trillion in spending over the next decade from the budget projections released with President Obama's proposed budget for FY2012. NPP provides a two-page analysis of the Chairman's proposal, looking at the proposed cuts in FY2012, long-term funding, deficit projections and significant proposed policy shifts for major federal programs like Social Security and Medicare.