Federal Budget Analysis: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

Competing Visions

March 28, 2012

This week the House of Representatives will consider two significantly different alternatives to the president’s fiscal 2013 budget request— the Republican draft budget resolution, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, and an alternative introduced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The two budgets offer vastly different visions for the nation, and each uses the president’s budget as a baseline to compare their contrasting proposals. Rep. Ryan reduces tax rates as well as spending, finding savings largely from domestic programs that serve low-income people, including Medicaid and the food stamp program. The CPC increases revenues with higher tax rates on wealthy individuals and corporations, while adding substantial new spending for job creation and making few changes to domestic programs.


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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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.


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.


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.