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The United States federal budget is a powerful resource: at $4 trillion, it’s about a fifth of the U.S. economy. What’s more, those resources come from us: a government for and by the people.

There is enormous power in these shared resources. We can harness that power to make our lives better, to create a more just and humane society. On the other hand, that power can be used to perpetuate destructive cycles of war, militarism, violence and oppression that go back to our nation’s founding and before.

Budgets are moral documents. It’s our responsibility as Americans to create a federal budget that upholds our most cherished values.

The National Priorities Project works to inspire and inform movements and individuals so that our federal resources prioritize peace, shared prosperity, and economic prosperity for all. We are the only nonprofit, non-partisan federal budget research organization in the nation with the mission to make the federal budget accessible to the American public.

We empower people to affect change through the creation of understandable, down to earth trainings, analysis, graphics and reports to illustrate how the federal budget affects us all, from the local level to the international.

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Latest Work

Trump’s 2021 Budget Cuts Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Increases Foreign Military Aid

The president’s 2021 budget aims to cut funding for an already struggling State Department by $1.5 billion, and slash humanitarian aid by nearly 40 percent.

Trump’s 2021 Budget Keeps Ignoring the Climate Crisis

A reframing of our national priorities is overdue—it’s well past time to put people and planet over the Pentagon.

Who’s Afraid of ‘Socialism’?

Americans were taught to associate “socialism” with dictatorship and “capitalism” with democracy. Are those days over?

Trump’s 2021 Budget Cuts All Federal Agencies—Except Militarized Ones

This year and beyond, it’s time to resist this militarized agenda and promote a moral budget that rises to the urgent crises of our time.

Trump’s 2021 Budget Is Not Only Immoral — It’s Also Unaffordable

Progressive proposals are always met with affordability questions. Those same questions must be put to conservatives, starting with Trump’s 2021 budget.

Trump’s 2021 Budget Gives 55 Percent to the Military

Congress won’t pass the president’s 2021 budget proposal as is, but it’s clear Trump wants to boost military spending while divesting from everything else.

Yes, We Really Can Cut the Pentagon to Pay for Medicare for All

Moderators at the Democratic debate asked if Medicare for All would bankrupt the country, but failed to ask about the cost of the last two decades of war.

As We Work to Prevent War With Iran, It’s Time to End All Our Wars

The military budget for 2021 must involve a tougher negotiation that results in real changes to Pentagon and presidential war powers.

We Can’t Afford Another War

The United States spent over 800 billion dollars on the war in Iraq, while social services and infrastructure crumbled at home.

Call Congress: No War With Iran

The military action to kill Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani was dangerous, illegal and possibly untruthful.

Medicare for All or Endless War? It’s Our Choice.

We could easily fund health care for all by ending military boondoggles and fruitless wars. Here’s how.

Cutting Military Spending and the ‘How Will You Pay For It’ Mythos

Cutting military spending would allow policymakers to prioritize programs like Medicare for all that improve the lives of average Americans. Here’s how we get there.

Financing Medicare for All Isn’t All That Complicated

Paying for Medicare for All without raising taxes is possible if we commit to slashing military spending and Pentagon waste.

How to Fund ‘Medicare for All’: Slash the Military

We’ve identified more than $300 billion in annual military savings alone that we could better invest in priorities like Medicare for All.

We Have The Money For A Green New Deal. We Just Waste It On Useless Wars.

For just over 10 percent of a single year’s military spending, we could build enough green electricity for every household in the country.

Just 11 percent of the Military Budget Could Fund Renewable Energy for Every US Home

Youth are demanding a Green New Deal and a sustainable economy. We can start by drastically reducing military spending and shifting defense funds toward renewable energy.

Remembering Frances Crowe

Frances Crowe dedicated her life to peace. We asked a few experts and activists who knew her to share stories about her impact.

The Bipartisan $738 Billion Military Budget Deal

America needs to cut military spending and reinvest that money into good jobs, clean energy, health care, and education access for all.

Mobilizing Muslim Resistance to the Saudi War in Yemen

Yemeni Americans organizing against the war hope more Muslim organizations will use their platforms to end to the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

Why Did Democrats Pass Trump’s 2-Year Budget and Debt Ceiling Bill?

On Thursday the House passed a massive $2.7 trillion budget and debt ceiling bill with overwhelming support from Democrats and only 65 Republican votes.