Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Lorah Steichen


Beyond the Enforcement Paradigm: A Vision for a Transformative Budget for U.S. Immigration

With our partners in the Defund Hate Coalition, we’re pleased to announce the release of the 2023 transformative budget proposal on U.S. immigration.


Biden FY 2023 Budget Maintains Trump-Era Spending on ICE and CBP

The Biden administration came into office promising to dismantle Trump’s harmful immigration policies. But we have been dismayed to see violent and deadly immigration enforcement policies continue to be funded at obscene levels


As climate change worsens, the United States under-delivers on finance promises to hardest hit countries

On the campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to “lead a major diplomatic push to raise the ambitions of countries’ climate targets.” But the U.S. continues to under-deliver on climate finance as military spending soars.  


Invest in Climate Solutions Now or Pay the Price for Inaction Later

A new study finds that the United States experienced 20 separate billion-dollar climate and weather disasters in 2021. The damages from these 20 costly disasters totaled $145 billion. 


Does Biden Put His Money Where His Mouth Is On Climate?

Last week the White House convened a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with forty leaders from the world's largest economies presenting their plans to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Now that the dust has settled, what should we make of the new commitments announced at the summit? 


Returning to the Paris Agreement is a Start, Now We Need New Internationalism on Climate

The United States' reentry to the Paris Climate Agreement is critical, but far from the sufficient. The path to a livable future requires new internationalism rooted in global cooperation, resource sharing, and solidarity.


Muzzling Dissent: How Militarized Police & Fossil Fuel Corporations Are Criminalizing Protest

A new Institute for Policy Studies report exposes the troubling link between new laws criminalizing protesters and the fossil fuel industry’s deep influence over elected officials. 


Indigenous Peoples Day and the Years of Repair

The Years of Repair shows how we can transform moments of urgent global crisis into catalysts for demanding and achieving a restorative, progressive vision for the future.


To Achieve Climate Justice, Demilitarize the Border

Immigrant justice is climate justice. Demilitarization is core to achieving both. 


15 Years After Hurricane Katrina, It's Time to Demilitarize Disaster Relief

Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, it remains a cautionary tale for how distorted budget priorities can result in militaristic, rather than humanitarian, disaster response.