Budget Matters Blog


Where Are We in the Federal Budget Process?

This week, Congressional lawmakers will publish several budget proposals as alternatives to the president’s budget that was released in early February. Are you wondering why Congress does this?


The Return of the Debt Ceiling

The debt ceiling suspension ends March 15, 2015. It’s unclear exactly when the money will run out, but sooner or later, lawmakers will have to deal with it.


Lawmakers to Release Budget Alternatives Next Week

Next week, when the budget alternatives are released, we’ll be taking a look at how each major budget proposal stacks up on issues you care about. 


President Obama Asked for $5.3 Billion to Fight ISIS. Will it Work?

Americans deserve a real debate over military involvement with ISIS: what it will look like, what it may cost, and how far Americans are willing to go. 


Congress Approves Department of Homeland Security Funding

Three days before another potential government shutdown, Congress voted yesterday to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of the fiscal year which ends on September 30.  


How Will Congress Avoid a Homeland Security Shutdown, Part 2

A Homeland Security shutdown was averted this past Friday, but only temporarily, when lawmakers gave Homeland Security one more week of funding.


Lawmakers to Pass a Stop-Gap Bill to Fund Department of Homeland Security

If Congressional lawmakers cannot come to agreement on how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by midnight tonight, tens of thousands of workers could be furloughed and hundreds of thousands more “essential” employees would have to report to work without knowing when they’ll get their next paycheck.


Lawmakers Disagree on Department of Homeland Security

Just five legislative days remain between now and the end of next week, making a shutdown of DHS more and more likely.


Webinar: Get the Facts About How the President Wants to Spend Taxpayer Dollars in 2016

Register for our free webinar on 2/26 to get answers to your questions about President Obama's 2016 budget plan.


The President's AUMF and the Cost of War

We react to President Obama's proposal to Congress seeking authorization for the use of military force against ISIS.