Budget Matters Blog

Government Shutdown 2018

As of midnight on Friday, major parts of the U.S. government are closed.

Government Shutdown Looms Over Trump’s Border Wall Funding

Congress gave themselves a deadline of Friday, December 21 to pass legislation funding roughly one quarter of the federal government for the rest of the 2019 fiscal year.

Trump Wants a Crazy $750 Billion for Military

The president would like to increase military spending from its current $716 billion to a cool $750 billion.

Nine Things to Buy with $5 Billion Instead of a Border Wall

President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has demanded for his border wall.

Trump is Spending $210 Million So Troops Can Hang Out With Border Agents Tear-Gassing Children

The Trump administration’s deployment of military troops at the U.S./Mexico border keeps escalating—unarmed refugees are being tear gassed, and direct costs of the situation are expected to reach $210 million through December.

Call your Senator: Stop the U.S. Role in Yemen War

You can help end the war in Yemen today.

Bipartisan Commission Wants Pentagon Budget Increase to Nearly $1 Trillion by 2024

A national security commission calls for annual increases of 3-5% in the Department of Defense budget—that could result in military spending of $972 trillion in 2024. But the Pentagon just failed its first-ever audit. If you don’t know where $700 billion is going, why would you know where $1 trillion is going?

Pentagon Fails Audit; Asks for a Raise

Asking for more money is not a good look for the Pentagon right now. But that’s just what a national security commission did last week, the day before the Pentagon announced that it had completed – and failed – its first-ever audit.

NPP Fall Party 2018 in Northampton, MA

NPP's Fall Party is November 13, 2018!

Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Activists around the world are uniting to call for a stop to all nuclear weapons testing. Period.