Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Becky Sweger

What the Heck is Happening in Washington, DC?

Nerd Nite, what the heck is going on in Washington, DC (hint: we're on step two of a five-step budget process), and why we should all be paying attention.

New Localized Federal Spending Data Now Available

Over the past few weeks, the Federal Priorities Database has been updated with information on poverty, SNAP, WIC, Head Start, and more.

Three Dangerous Myths About the Debt Ceiling

Why should you care about the debt limit? Here's a look at some of the debt ceiling myths making the rounds and what you can do about it.

Data Transparency 2013

Last week, I attended the Data Transparency Coalition’s inaugural conference: Data Transparency 2013. Although the usual open government data suspects from nonprofits and the public sector attended, the conference was largely sponsored by and attended by private sector companies hoping to profit from government data. The meat of Data Transparency ...

The Big Money in Tax Breaks: Top 3 Tax Breaks in 2013

If the U.S. Treasury estimated that something cost the government $1.13 trillion (that's $1,130,000,000,000) in 2013 alone, would you want to know about it?

Congress Returns to Syria, Potential Shutdowns, and Dysfunction

Congress returns from August recess this week, and they face a busy fall. In addition to a vote on Syria, there are two looming issues that could result in a government shutdown if they’re not resolved in the next few weeks. No Federal Budget U.S. fiscal year 2013 will end ...

Recess is Over. Now, About That Budget and Debt Ceiling...

Congress returns to Washington next week, and they have a lot of work to get done. Use our fact sheets to brush up on the issues.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare: What's Happening?

Everyone has a story about health care in the U.S. Make sure your health care priorities are voiced in upcoming debates about Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal health programs.

NPP's Numbers in the Wild: Cost of the Modern Soldier

Saul Page used NPP's numbers to create an infographic about the cost of the modern soldier. If you use our data in your work, let us know!

Top Five Facts About a $1.2 Trillion Secret Project

The top 5 fun facts about the $1.2 trillion project that's happening behind closed doors.