Features related to federal budget

In this April 10, 2014 file photo, student teacher Franchesca Moreno, 21, reads to Andreanna Thomas, 6, right, and Alana Cawthon, upper left, at Bennett Park Montessori School in Buffalo, NY. (AP Photo)
June 6, 2014 | Blog

If the government closed loopholes that allow companies to stash profits in tax havens, we could collect $65 billion in taxes each year. Here’s what that money could do for our country. Continue reading

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, where he vehemently rebuked conservative groups who oppose the pending bipartisan budget compromise struck by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 14, 2014 | Blog

Negotiators reportedly settled on cutting funding for financial watchdogs after giving up on further cuts for food stamps. Continue reading

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta in the search of a "fast track to employment". (AP Photo/John Amis)
December 19, 2013 | Blog
Long-term unemployed workers will lose federal benefits shortly after Christmas. What’s happened in North Carolina since July is an indication of what will happen nationwide, and it's not pretty.
Capitol building in Washington, DC
December 11, 2013 | Blog

The trouble with making “functional” government the great aspiration of the American experiment is that a smoothly operating Congress is not necessarily moral, humane or even economically smart. Continue reading

This photo provided by Fox News Channel shows Sean Hannity interviewing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in New York. (AP Photo/Fox News Channel, Shealah Craighead)
October 18, 2013 | Blog

The desire to reprise the GOP’s disastrous shutdown seems irrational — unless you live inside the right-wing media bubble. Continue reading

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. stands on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
October 16, 2013 | Blog

This was the latest in a string of battles in which the American economy was ultimately the loser. Now Democrats have the upper hand — if they don’t mess it up. Continue reading

After final vote were cast, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they leave for a five-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. With few accomplishments in the divided 113th Congress, the next big battle is over the budget, the nation's debt limit and the possibility of at least a partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 17, 2013 | Blog

National Priorities’ Mattea Kramer provides an update – in handy cheat-sheet format – of what’s happening with the federal budget when Congress reconvenes in September. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, holds a copy of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal book as he questions Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2013, as Sebelius testified before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the HHS fiscal 2014 budget request. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 2, 2013 | Blog

Congressman Jim McDermott described Ryan’s hearing on poverty perfectly when he said: “This hearing is surreal… You are not living in the real world.” Continue reading

Unemployed man hiding in an overhead bin on an airplane - a scene from animated cartoon entitled 'Sequesterless Airlines'
May 2, 2013 | Blog

In a new animated cartoon, Mark Fiore proposes a way for other groups of Americans affected by the sequester to get Congress’ attention. Continue reading

Patrick Will of Eaton, N.Y., holds an American flag during a tax day tea party rally in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
April 13, 2013 | Blog

According to recent polls, a strong majority of Americans have a coherent to-do list for Washington. The surprise is it’s actually a smart set of solutions. Continue reading

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein leave the White House in Washington following a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama. March 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 9, 2013 | Blog

Why haven’t low-income Americans been given an opportunity to meet with the president to tell their own stories? Continue reading

The lights of the U.S. Capitol remain lit into the night as the House continues to work on the "fiscal cliff" legislation proposed by the Senate, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 2, 2013 | BillBoard
Want to know more about the 11th hour deal Congress and the White House reached? Here's a collection of articles explaining what's in the deal and differing viewpoints on the consequences.
Affordable housing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. March 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 2, 2012 | Blog

The Nation‘s Greg Kaufmann reports that, as the weather grows colder and the fiscal cliff approaches, Americans living in affordable housing are worried about how the budget negotiations in Congress will affect them. Continue reading

November 16, 2012 | Group Think
Kramer, a senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project, hopes that politicians take use the financial cliff as an imperative to do some long-term budgetary planning.
Scott Bittle
November 16, 2012 | Group Think
Bittle says budgets are about choices and deciding what should be done and what we're willing to pay to do it
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