Budget Matters Blog


Top Five Things You Need to Know About Obama's FY2016 Budget Proposal

We've analyzed the key funding initiatives in President Obama's FY2016 budget and how they match up to Americans' priorities.


What You Need to Know about the President’s Tax Plan

About a week and a half ago, the White House released a plan to “simplify our complex tax code” and “make it fairer by eliminating some of the biggest loopholes.” Here we provide a brief overview of what loopholes he’d like to close and what he wants to do with the money.


NPP Staff Joins Partners in Annual National Security Strategy Retreat

 Last week, three of NPP’s own joined dozens of partners from around the country at an annual National Security Strategy Retreat held in Bethesda, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.


State of the Union 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night was as notable for what it included as for what it didn’t include.  We give you the lowdown on gridlock, climate change, middle class economics, free community college, taxes, war spending and more.


Your Top Policy Priorities for Obama's State of the Union Speech

We asked you what issues you want to hear President Obama discuss during his State of the Union speech tonight. Here's what you said.


Obama Proposes Free Community College

The White House has announced that President Obama will reveal a proposal to allow students to attend community college free for up to two years.


House Rule Would Cut Social Security Disability Benefits

A proposed rule change by the House of Representatives would prevent lawmakers from transferring funding from the Social Security retirement and survivor’s (OASI) trust fund to the disability (DI) trust fund. 


Congress Takes on Keystone XL Pipeline, Obamacare, Tax Reform

Congress tackles the Keystone XL Pipeline, Obamacare, and makes a move toward tax reform in its first week back, with a side of business as usual.


Budget Battle Deadlines for 2015: Immigration, Debt Ceiling and 2016 Federal Budget

We've talked about three New Years’ resolutions for Congress. Now that the new year has started, here are some deadlines for lawmakers to keep in mind if they want to keep those resolutions.


Top 3 New Years’ Resolutions for Congress

Our top 3 New Years' Resolutions for Congress. Gridlock is so 2014.