Federal Budget Analysis: Budget Process

Primary Stakes

March 5, 2012

The presidential election is about voters’ vision for how the federal government should serve the American people, so National Priorities Project is examining the extent to which residents of key primary states currently rely on federal support. Federal money often comprises a third or more of state budgets, while residents of those states receive thousands of dollars of direct federal assistance from programs ranging from Social Security and Medicare to Pell Grants or unemployment compensation.

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President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

Feb. 29, 2012

On Feb. 13, the president released his budget proposal for FY 2013. National Priorities Project looks at the numbers, the history behind them, and why the president's budget matters.

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Analysis of Fiscal Year 2013 Pentagon Spending Request

Feb. 16, 2012

On February 14, 2012 the Obama Administration released the government's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. The budget proposal includes $525 billion for the Department of Defense, not including funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or the nuclear weapons activities of the Department of Energy. The Pentagon is seeking ways to reduce spending by $487 billion over the next decade.


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.


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.


Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2012 Pentagon Spending Request

Feb. 15, 2011

On February 14, 2011 the Obama Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the federal government. As part of this budget, the Administration is seeking $553 billion in funding for the Department of Defense, not including funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or the nuclear weapons related activities of the Department of Energy.


The Numbers Behind President Obama's “State of the Union” Address

Jan. 26, 2011

Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution requires the President to “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” President Obama's 2011 “State of the Union” address covered a broad range of policy and budgetary issues. NPP looks at the numbers behind some of the major topics covered by the President.