Budget Matters Blog


The Good, The Bad, the Ugly: Top 3 Amendments to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act

This week the House of Representatives is considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and amendments. Here are three of the most notable amendments to the NDAA on offer.


Congress’ Budget Resolution: Sequestration in Name Only

The Senate voted to approve a non-binding budget resolution that sets overall spending limits for the federal government’s discretionary spending in fiscal year 2016.


Jasmine’s Gone Hiking

Starting on Monday, May 4, I’ll be taking a brief leave of absence from my role as NPP’s research analyst to hike part of the Appalachian Trail.


National Defense Authorization Act: Five Things You Should Know

Today – all day and quite possibly into the night -- the House Armed Services Committee is marking up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). But what is the NDAA, and why should we care?


Would Cutting Military Spending Hurt Virginia’s Economy?

If lawmakers cut military spending, would thousands of Virginians suddenly be out of work?


House Lawmakers Repeal Estate Tax

Last week lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 240-179 to repeal the federal estate tax despite President Obama’s threats to veto the bill. 


Budget 2016 Update: No budget resolution yet

Yesterday's deadline for House and Senate budget resolution wasn't binding, and it came and went without much drama, and without a deal. 


Where Your Tax Dollars Go: Federal Funds vs. Trust Funds

On Tax Day, it’s all about "federal funds" - largely from your income taxes - that pay for the military, certain health care programs, education and other things. 


Pentagon Spending FY 2016: The Great Debate

President Obama, the House and Senate have all lined up with a whopping request for Pentagon and related spending of $613 billion. What alternative do we have to this bloated Pentagon budget? 


Tax Day 2015: Where Did Your Tax Dollars Go?

Tax season is upon us!  What should you know about your taxes? Here are seven things.