Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

72,000 Unemployed Workers Lose Benefits Every Week Congress Does Not Act

Last week marked three full months that Congress has let long-term unemployment benefits lapse, leaving 2.3 million unemployed workers – who have been unemployed for 6 months or more and have exhausted regular, state benefits – without assistance.  And each week that passes, an additional 72,000 people lose benefits.

Congress May Extend Corporate Tax Breaks But Not Unemployment Benefits

If you want a story about the illogic that rules Washington, look no further than this.

A Contract, Broken

About 1.3 million people lost extended unemployment benefits at the end of 2013. Since then 72,000 have had their compensation expire every week, totaling about 2 million jobless Americans without needed jobless assistance.

Federal Spending Matters in Your State

Does the federal budget affect lunchtime for the kids in your neighborhood? You might be surprised at the answer.

Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

It's that time of year. Taxes are due on April 15. But where do our tax dollars actually go?  Here's the answer.

The President's Budget in Pictures

Today we released The President's 2015 Budget in Pictures, a series of colorful charts telling the story of the priorities in the president's budget.

National Priorities Project Reacts to President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

President Obama today released his $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal, a plan that includes new manufacturing institutes, job training, and the president’s signature initiative of universal pre-kindergarten education. Here are the highlgihts of what the budget contains.

Congress Doesn’t Restore Unemployment Insurance Despite Weak Job Growth

Late last week, Senate lawmakers failed to reach an agreement to restore jobless aid to 1.7 million unemployed workers. The Senate voted 58-40 Thursday on a proposal that would have reinstated unemployment insurance benefits through the end of March, just two votes shy of the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill.

Farm Bill Passes in House; Makes Cuts to Food Stamps

House lawmakers passed a five-year farm bill this week that would cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $800 million per year, which amounts to a 1 percent cut to the program’s $80 billion annual cost. Senate lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the bill Monday.

Unemployment Benefits On Hold As Congressional Leaders Leave Washington

Congressional leaders left Washington late last week after passing the omnibus but before they restored unemployment aid to jobless workers.