Budget Matters Blog

Category: Budget Process


Longest Shutdown Ever

Congress has the power to make things right, but it would take a bipartisan stand against the president. 


Shutdown Day 19, and the Real Crisis

What would it look like if a president proposed spending just $5.7 billion out of the whole $1 trillion budget to solve a few real crises: health insurance, climate change, retirement savings, and student debt?


Shutdown Day 14

If anyone wins, let’s hope it’s the majority of Americans who want nothing to do with border walls or shutdowns.


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.


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.


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?


House GOP Budget Calls for Drastic Cuts to Domestic Programs

This week the House majority released their budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019, which begins October 1.


Trump's Massive Budget Cuts Spare the Military

Out of twelve major federal spending categories, only the military and veteran's benefits would be spared from the Trump cuts. 


Congress Strikes a Deal for 54% Military Spending in Federal Budget

The resulting federal discretinary budgets invests 54% of the federal discretionary budget in the miltiary and nuclear weapons.