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In recent years the president has submitted his budget late, the House and Senate have passed only a few – if any – of the 12 appropriations bills, and Congress has relied on continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills to keep the government going.

Blog Posts

Parity, Schmarity: The Budget Deal Gives 56% of the Discretionary Budget to the Military

Lindsay Koshgarian |

The budget deal struck by the White House and House Republicans begins what could be a long-term shift in federal spending from domestic programs toward the Pentagon. 

Senators Failed to Add Anti-Immigrant Border Policy to Budget Deal

Alliyah Lusuegro |

Yesterday, two anti-immigrant amendments that would have extended the legacy of the draconian Trump-era immigration policy, Title 42, each took the Senate floor for a vote. Both failed. 

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Recent Publications

FACT SHEET: Invest in Communities, Not Violence

Alliyah Lusuegro

For far too long, the U.S. has clung to a budget that prioritizes war, deportations and detentions, and policing at the expense of human needs. It’s time to reinvest these taxpayer dollars into real human needs — healthcare, education, housing, and a just energy transition to name a few. Here’s how legislators have splurged on militarism, and what could happen if those funds instead benefited people and communities. 

Tax Day 2023

Ashik Siddique

Tax Day this year is April 18, 2023. Americans will file their tax returns for all income received in 2022. Want to know what your taxes pay for, and who pays what?

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