Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


This Martin Luther King Day, Militarism, Racism and Poverty are Still With Us

Is the United States doomed to keep making the same mistakes?


Death and Taxes: Trump's Tax Bill and the National Defense Authorization Act

The priorities in Congress this week are clear: a $700 billion authorization for military spending in FY 2018, and a $1.5 trillion tax plan that bestows untold wealth upon the already jaw-droppingly wealthy.


The War in Afghanistan Just Might End Someday: Senate Votes on Authorization to Use Military Force

Today's Senate vote to require new congressional authorization for ongoing wars may have failed - but it still represents progress.


Dear President Trump. "Fire and Fury:" Never Again

The president's deeply disturbing tendency to glorify war has no place in determining our country's use of nuclear weapons. 


What are you looking at? Congress' Military Spending Grab

Proposals for U.S. military spending are starkly different. See how they stack up.


Trump’s Budget Wars: War on the Poor, and Just Plain War

If President Trump has shown us anything with this budget, it’s that he will seek to increase military spending, even if he doesn’t know why he’s doing it.


Tax Day 2017: Taxes and All the Feels

Taxes are like membership dues.  We pay them to fund our priorities – the services and programs we care about – and they are also an investment in our country’s future.


Meet Your Member of Congress this April

Congress is in "recess" from April 7 to April 21, 2017. That means that members of Congress are home in their states or districts -- and they're ready to meet with you.


What if We Took $54 Billion From the Pentagon, Instead?

Trump wants to take $54 billion from human needs and give it to the military. What if we did the reverse?


President Trump’s $54 Billion Pentagon Budget Grab

The United States already spends more on its military than the next seven countries combined.