Congress managed to squeeze through a budget deal just before its Dec. 13 deadline, narrowly avoiding another crisis. Yet there is still a long way to go. January is sure to be action-packed.
The two-year deal keeps our nation stuck in an austerity paradigm, leaving out many of the things Americans value – unemployment insurance, job creation, sufficient Food Stamp funding, tax reform, and investment in our nation’s infrastructure, renewable energy, and education. And – on top of all this – Congressional appropriators are working now in the same closed-door fashion as the Budget Conference Committee, deciding the fate of our tax dollars with no public input.
It is outrageous, plain and simple.
We gained a lot of ground in 2013. Our movement for an accountable government and for spending and revenue priorities that match the best interests of our nation ended grew stronger and more strategic. We ended a government shutdown, stemmed sequestration, and incited a broad public to action. Read about our accomplishments here.
We have to go further to go in the New Year and NPP is charting a bolder course forward.
In a time of government dead-lock, NPP’s team will continue to open up critical access to lawmakers and the media. We will doggedly track and analyze federal spending and revenue so that you, journalists, and NPP’s partners across the country can weigh in effectively and influence Congressional budget battles. And, in the coming year, we’ll focus more on the actions you can take to make sure your data-strengthened voices reach the centers of power.
As Annie Leonard, filmmaker and creator of Story of Stuff wrote recently, “NPP does the hard work of tracking budgets, crunching numbers, and articulating alternative scenarios which makes our work easier. NPP’s work has demonstrated that another way is possible, and that we could start building it right now with a shift in spending and policy priorities.”
Here are five indications that Annie’s dream of another future is ours to seize together.
This year we have accomplished so much.
Here is NPP’s vision for the New Year: Our nation's budget will reflect the values and priorities of the majority of Americans when all people have the opportunity and ability to influence federal spending and revenue priorities!
Let’s accomplish even more together in 2014!