Budget Matters Blog


Federal Budget Players Spotlight: Mitch McConnell

NPP spotlights major players in the federal budget process. This week: Mitch McConnell.


Top 3 Things You Should Know from Yesterday’s Trustees Reports

Here's what you need to know from the Social Security and Medicare trustees reports.


Federal Budget Players Spotlight: Nancy Pelosi

NPP spotlights major players in the federal budget process. This week: Nancy Pelosi.


Avoiding War: U.S. Reaches Nuclear Deal with Iran

Earlier this week, President Obama announced that after more than a year and a half of negotiations, the U.S. reached a nuclear deal with Iran. This newly reached deal provides hope that we as a nation will be able to avoid another long and costly war abroad.


Federal Budget Players Spotlight: Bernie Sanders

NPP spotlights major players in the federal budget process.


Federal Budget Players Spotlight: John Boehner

NPP spolights major players in the federal budget process.


Climate Change and the Pope: Five US Budget Policies That Deserve Another Look

Yesterday Pope Francis added his considerable voice to the chorus calling for bold, immediate action on climate change. Here are five federal budget policies that don't live up to that vision.


Three Foreign Aid Mythbusters

On average, Americans believe that approximately a quarter of the US federal budget is spent on foreign aid. It's actually closer to one percent.


How DATA Act implementation is opening up federal spending

In May 2014, President Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) into law. Once implemented, the DATA Act will make it easier to understand how the federal government spends money.


Pentagon Prize Time: Top 10 Federal Contractors

In fiscal year 2014, the United States government paid out an astounding $444 billion in federal contracts -- equivalent to almost forty percent of the federal discretionary budget for 2014.