Budget Matters Blog


Ten Good Things About the House’s (Too-Big) Military Budget

On Friday the House of Representatives voted 220-197 to approve a military budget of $733 billion through the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


Amendments to the 2020 NDAA That Would Be Good, Actually

There are plenty of other issues at stake with FY 2020’s National Defense Authorization Act, beyond just how enormous the military’s budget will be.


Trump's 4th of July Fiasco is a Salute to Pentagon Waste

This 4th of July, President Trump is flaunting some of the Pentagon's deepest money pits on the National Mall.


$750 Billion NDAA Steamrolls Ahead

This year's military spending is shaping up to be sky-high—the Senate's NDAA bill just approved the President's topline Pentagon budget of $750 billion for Fiscal Year 2020.


What Still Wasn’t Said in Democratic Debate Night #2

Another ten candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination answered questions last night in the second of back-to-back debates.  The contenders and moderators said a bit more about our government’s highly militarized current priorities than last night, but still left much to be desired. Here’s what they did bring up...


What Wasn't Said at the First Democratic Debate - But Should Have Been

Ten candidates answered questions on a range of topics from five moderators at the first Democratic presidential debate last night. Here's what the candidates and moderators didn't say, but should have.


The Pentagon's Climate Impact Is a Threat to Our Planet

New research on the DoD's carbon emissions shows how the US military itself is a force driving climate chaos.


Introducing the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

For the 140 million people who are poor, or one emergency away from being poor, we know it's necessary to present a comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today. This Poor People’s Moral Budget asks, given the resources of our society, whether these demands are also possible. Our answer is a resounding yes.


It's time to put people over Pentagon & slash $200 billion from the military budget

We're joining a coalition to urge 2020 candidates to cut military funds enough to free $2 trillion or more over the next decade for big, bold, urgent people-first priorities.


The United States and Saudi Arabia Take the Top Two Spots in World Military Spending Per Person

Last week, the Stockholm International Peace Institute released their annual look at world military spending. Once again, the United States is on top. We spent more than one third of the world's total, two and a half times as much as the second coutnry on the list (China), and more than the next seven countries combined.