Budget Matters Blog


Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Activists around the world are uniting to call for a stop to all nuclear weapons testing. Period.


Trump's NATO Military Spending Request Would add $600 billion to World Military Spending

At the NATO summit, President Trump first scolded the United States' allies for not spending as much as NATO guidelines suggest on their militaries - now at two percent of each country's GDP (a measure of the size of a country's economy). Then he suggested double or nothing: every NATO...

House GOP Budget Calls for Drastic Cuts to Domestic Programs

This week the House majority released their budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019, which begins October 1.


Diplomacy is Better Than War in North Korea

 It would be overly cynical not to recognize the Singapore Summit's potential for good.


Google Brings “Don’t be evil” to Pentagon Contracts (Or does it?)

Google has announced that it won’t renew a Pentagon contract for military applications of artificial intelligence.


Memorializing America's Wars

Since 1940, the United States has been at war as often as not – 37 of the last 78 years, not counting the Cold War.


Your Tax Dollars at Work: The Syrian Strike, Military and War

As our government launches unecessary and dangerous attacks in Syria, it's devastating to know who paid for it: we did.


“Is the U.S. at War Right Now?" and Other Questions

by Maryanne Magnier Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Editor's note: At a time when the United States is in the midst of its longest war ever, with no end in sight; when the president routinely and offhandedly spouts threats of war; when the military budget is higher than at any...

Trump's Massive Budget Cuts Spare the Military

Out of twelve major federal spending categories, only the military and veteran's benefits would be spared from the Trump cuts. 


Congress Strikes a Deal for 54% Military Spending in Federal Budget

The resulting federal discretinary budgets invests 54% of the federal discretionary budget in the miltiary and nuclear weapons.