Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


Bombing Syria vs. Raising Wages: When Do the Rules Apply?

The Biden administration is bending rules to drop bombs but not raise wages. That’s a mistake.


Tackling Prison Profiteers Will Take More Than Banning Private Prisons

Biden’s order rolling back for-profit prisons is a good first step. Next we need to end for-profit immigration detention.


After the Muslim Ban

I’m glad Biden repealed Trump’s Muslim ban, but the work of repairing the harm is just beginning.


Will the Space Force take the Pentagon Budget to Infinity and Beyond?

The first days of the Biden administration brought a deeply welcome spate of reversals of Trump policies, ranging from the reversal of the racist Muslim immigration ban to the nixing of the Keystone XL pipeline. But on one huge front, the Biden administration has yet to signal any major breaks from Trump’s legacy: the vast overreach of the Pentagon.


The U.S. Needs COVID Relief and Renewable Energy, Not a Space Force


With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World

Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too.


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. 


As Historic Nuclear Ban Enters into Force, It’s Time for the US to Help Put an End to the Nuclear Age

The world is banning nuclear weapons. The U.S. needs to get on board.


Overhauling U.S Foreign Policy: The Bitter Fights Ahead

After Election Day, we can’t just go back to the status quo. On foreign policy especially, movements need to be ready to push a new administration hard.


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.