Budget Matters Blog


Webinar: 2016 Budget Proposals vs Americans' Priorities

Sign up for a free webinar to look at how recent budget proposals stack up against Americans' priorities.


A Budget That Reflects Americans' Priorities

We take a look at a federal budget proposal that focuses on Americans' priorities -- such as job creation, education, Social Security, infrastructure improvements, and other domestic investments.


Competing Visions: What Budget Proposal Best Matches Americans' Priorities?

Check out our new Competing Visions analysis that examines how the major budget proposals stack up against Americans' priorities on 15 major issues including job creation, education, war spending, and taxes.


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.