Budget Matters Blog

Category: Budget Process


Biden's 2022 budget raises military spending past $750 billion

Today, President Joe Biden unveiled his administration's FY 2022 “skinny budget” request. While not a full breakdown, the “skinny budget” offers a critical glimpse at topline discretionary budget spending and speaks volumes about the administration's priorities. At $753 billion, Biden's requested Pentagon budget increase continues the dangerous and short-sighted path...


Open Letter to the Biden Administration on the Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action.


The COVID Deal is a Welcome Stopgap. Congressional Progressives Aim for Much More in 2021.

The Progressive Caucus has unveiled a legislative agenda designed to meet the scale of the pandemic catastrophe and reduce our vulnerability to future crises.


U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surges Past $1 Trillion Since Start of Pandemic — Total Grows to $4 Trillion

Billionaire's wealth growth since March is more than the $908 billion pandemic relief package proposed by a bipartisan group of members of Congres—which has been stalled over Republican concerns that it is too costly.


‘Building Back Better’ Should Be a Global Challenge

U.S. economic recovery efforts will not succeed if the global economy remains weak and serves only a small rich minority.


We Need a Stimulus that Serves People Over Profit

Rather than restoring the status quo, we have the opportunity to forge a different path that invests in real security for Americans.


If $1.5 Trillion Exists to Bail Out Wall Street from Coronavirus, We Can Fund Actual Needs for All

The Federal Reserve just injected $1.5 trillion into the banking system to prop up crashing markets spooked by the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that our government can’t afford to provide nice — and necessary — things for all of us.


Against a Global Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Budget Keeps Militarizing America

As fears grow of a global coronavirus pandemic, the United States is in a poor situation to cope. Aggressive messaging from the White House assures the public that the "full weight of the U.S. government" is working to keep Americans safe from the disease, but those words are belied by...


Trump's 2021 budget keeps ignoring the climate crisis

After rounding out the hottest decade on record, the federal government continues to operate in complete denial of the climate crisis. The Trump administration’s fourth budget proposal, released Monday, postures as if its spending priorities counter the next decade’s emerging threats, without a single mention of climate change.  


Trump's 2021 budget cuts all federal agencies—except militarized ones

President Trump released his fourth budget proposal this week, and the priorities are crystal clear. Across the board, the 2021 budget request prioritizes brute force and militarization over humanitarian and diplomatic solutions. While militarized agencies rate spending increases, just about every non-militarized department is on the chopping block.