Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


The Bipartisan $738 Billion Military Budget Deal

In July, lawmakers voted along bipartisan lines to pass a budget deal (now also Trump-approved) that will fund the federal government for the next two years, and help the United States avoid a potentially catastrophic default on its debt for the same period. But the deal didn’t come cheap: it came at the price of an astoundingly high, $738 billion military budget.


The U.S. Spends More on Its Military Than 144 Countries Combined

$121.1 billion. That’s how much more money the United States spends on its military than 144 other countries combined.


Ten Good Things About the House’s (Too-Big) Military Budget

On Friday the House of Representatives voted 220-197 to approve a military budget of $733 billion through the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


Amendments to the 2020 NDAA That Would Be Good, Actually

There are plenty of other issues at stake with FY 2020’s National Defense Authorization Act, beyond just how enormous the military’s budget will be.


Trump's 4th of July Fiasco is a Salute to Pentagon Waste

This 4th of July, President Trump is flaunting some of the Pentagon's deepest money pits on the National Mall.


$750 Billion NDAA Steamrolls Ahead

This year's military spending is shaping up to be sky-high—the Senate's NDAA bill just approved the President's topline Pentagon budget of $750 billion for Fiscal Year 2020.


What Wasn't Said at the First Democratic Debate - But Should Have Been

Ten candidates answered questions on a range of topics from five moderators at the first Democratic presidential debate last night. Here's what the candidates and moderators didn't say, but should have.


The Pentagon's Climate Impact Is a Threat to Our Planet

New research on the DoD's carbon emissions shows how the US military itself is a force driving climate chaos.


Introducing the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

For the 140 million people who are poor, or one emergency away from being poor, we know it's necessary to present a comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today. This Poor People’s Moral Budget asks, given the resources of our society, whether these demands are also possible. Our answer is a resounding yes.


It's time to put people over Pentagon & slash $200 billion from the military budget

We're joining a coalition to urge 2020 candidates to cut military funds enough to free $2 trillion or more over the next decade for big, bold, urgent people-first priorities.