Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


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.


What Is An Omnibus?

An omnibus in London/ Photo by Gene Hunt.  A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill was unveiled last night in Congress to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year. The bill will be voted on by the end of the week. But what exactly is an “omnibus”? In...


Will Unemployment Be Extended into 2014?

Emergency unemployment benefits expired at the end of December and cut off jobless aid to 1.3 million out-of-work Americans. Whether benefits will be extended is now the top debate in Washington.


War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, which renewed a commitment to federal funding for programs to help struggling Americans. Here's a list of resources that illustrate how these federal programs are faring 50 years later.