Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


Will the President Sign the New NDAA?

Yesterday afternoon Congress sent the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the president. Again. 


Shortchanging Our Vets on Veteran’s Day

What does it say that we spend more on the Pentagon and its fancy war toys than we do on our troops and our veterans?


War or Diplomacy for Syria

Diplomacy can’t guarantee solutions in Syria, but it is far and away our best chance.


Take Our Poll: Obama Signs Budget Deal. Would you?

If you were President Obama, would you sign this budget deal?


What if We Spent the Pentagon’s 2016 Slush Fund Differently?

The budget deal provides $59 billion to the Pentagon's slush fund in 2016. What if we chose to spend that differently?


President Vetoes National Defense Authorization Act

For the last 50+ years, the NDAA has enjoyed bipartisan support - yesterday, it was vetoed by the president. 


The Lesson We Must Learn from Afghanistan

The president announcing that he will not withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year is a devastating blow. 


Congress Sends National Defense Authorization Act to President

Yesterday, in a 70-27 vote, lawmakers in the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which lays out how the Pentagon might spend its 2016 $612 billion budget.


What's Next for the Iran Nuclear Deal?

As of last week, the deal is officially in effect as lawmakers have lost their opportunity to block implementation of the plan. WHat happens next?


What’s Going on With the Iran Deal?

Last week, Senate Democrats filibustered a vote to reject the Iran deal. What's next?