Budget Matters Blog

Category: Debt & Deficit

The President's 2016 Budget in Pictures

Today we released The President's 2016 Budget in Pictures, a series of colorful charts telling the story of the priorities in the president's budget.

Budget Battle Deadlines for 2015: Immigration, Debt Ceiling and 2016 Federal Budget

We've talked about three New Years’ resolutions for Congress. Now that the new year has started, here are some deadlines for lawmakers to keep in mind if they want to keep those resolutions.

Millennial Perspective: Our Failing Infrastructure and the Highway Trust Fund

Many of our roads and bridges are close to fifty years old and desperately in need of investments for upgrades. In a 2013 report America’s Infrastructure, The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our national infrastructure a D+ - hardly sufficient.

Executive Action on Immigration: A Win for the Federal Budget and the Economy

Immigration reform is a positive for the United States in many ways, and not least is the positive impact such reform would have on the federal budget.

Will You Vote On Tuesday, November 4?

Will You Vote On Tuesday, November 4?

Spotlight: NPP’s Debt and Deficit Voter’s Guide

In fiscal year 2014, our nation spent $3.7 trillion on all federal programs and ran a budget deficit. The good news is that budget deficits are no cause for great alarm; they are pretty common. In fact, over the past half century, the U.S. has run a deficit in 45 out of 50 years.

Election 2014: A Voter's Guide to the Federal Budget

It’s election season, when the political ads and campaign claims will fly. National Priorities Project’s 2014 Voter’s Guides will help you pierce through campaign rhetoric and get to the bottom of how candidates approach critical federal budget issues.

Penny on the Dollar: US Foreign Aid is about One Percent of Spending

One of the most enduring myths about the federal budget is that a significant portion of it goes overseas in the form of foreign aid.  In fact, foreign aid is about one percent of the federal budget.

What You Need to Know about CBO’s Recent Long-Term Budget Outlook

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook, projecting that the nation’s fiscal future is stable for the next few years and then begins to worsen gradually with an increase in the federal debt.

Planning a Fourth of July Road Trip? Not so fast: Our Highway Trust Fund is Going Broke

As the flags wave, the fireworks fly, and AAA forecasts that 41 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, a transportation crisis is in the works. The Highway Trust Fund – the federal fund that’s used to repair our highways and bridges – is about to run out of money by the end of the summer.