Faces of the Federal Budget

The Faces of the Budget project tells the story of the federal budget through ordinary folks' personal experience.

The Pell Grants relieve a lot of stress. … [Without them] I wouldn’t be in school. That’s for sure. Working a $10 an hour job can only get you so far when you’re hit with $15,000 of school bills. More

Kelly from Columbus, OH | Map

As a teacher, for me to make sure my classroom operates, it’s more and more out-of- pocket expenses because we’re told the budgets are being shrunk. More

Conrad from Austin, TX | Map

I was in the hospital for four days … I got a bill for $26,000… If a person didn’t have insurance and didn't have the money - which they most likely would not have – they’d be paying forever! More

Richard from Bonita Springs, FL | Map

Now, personally, I feel very strongly that we ought not be providing some types of care for people of a certain age, and I’m saying this being 73. More

Richard from Colorado Springs, CO | Map

I’m concerned how they're cutting back on the doctors’ pay, whether I will be able to see these doctors in the future. They keep cutting back what they pay…and doctors drop out of the Medicare program More

Nora from Homer Glen, IL | Map

My family was on food stamps [when I was 2 or 3 years old]. So looking back at it, I can see now that we were being fed by the hand of Uncle Sam. And to that program, I still owe my gratitude. More

Alex from Dayton, OH | Map

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