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Budget Priorities

All You Need to Know about the Federal Budget and Pentagon Spending

Below you will find links that can help you understand the federal budget process. Be sure to check out our most recent pieces on the federal budget and Pentagon spending.

To learn more about what you can do to shift the Pentagon spending debate, please visit the WAND Action Center. Use the button on the left to be re-routed to the WAND Action Center.  And don't miss WAND's blog posts on the WAND Action Center, too!

Recent Work

FY 2017 President's Budget Request Resources

Archive of Previous Work:

Tight belt around piggy bankWhat the Continuing Sequester Means for the Budget

Since sequestration hit the federal budget on March 1, 2013, the debate of fiscal responsibility has raged on. Vital human needs programs are being slashed while some in Congress continue to try to exempt the enormous Pentagon Budget. Now more than ever it is important to tell Congress to look for savings in the wasteful, outdated, over budget programs in the Pentagon.

Click here to see WAND’s new Fact Sheet about Budget Priorities and to learn more about the background and current actions surrounding this issue please read our Budget Priorities Talking Points here.

Budget Priorities at the "Fiscal Cliff"

Automatic budget cuts known as "sequestration" are slated to take effect in January 2013 unless Congress takes action. Our nation's leaders are actively searching for alternatives to sequestration, and Pentagon spending must be on the table as an area of spending that can be reduced to prevent us from going over the "fiscal cliff."

Click here to download WAND's new Fact Sheet: Pentagon Spending Must Be On The Table To Address Fiscal Cliff

American Budget Pie

It's here! The famous American budget pie, now with an even more gigantic slice for the Pentagon: 56%! Check out our resources below about the President's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request. Please share this important information with your friends and family.

Download WAND's Pie Chart and Guide for the President's Requested Budget for FY 2013

Download a Powerpoint Presented by National Priorities Project and WAND on the Federal Budget

Finding New Ways to Create Jobs

The military industry stays in business because it creates millions of jobs. But other projects can do even better. It's time to reinvest our public monies.

Newly updated! University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute Study: The U.S. Employment Effects of Military and Domestic Spending Priorities: 2011 Update

Read Military Spending: A Poor Job Creator by William Hartung

Read what kind of spending creates the most jobs

Federal Budget Basics

The federal budget process can be as complicated as a soap opera! Drop in and see what's happening with the federal budget.

Use WAND's All Our Dollars guide to follow the federal budget process.

Another guide to Federal Budget Basics developed for the 2011 WAND/WiLL National Conference


You Fix The Budget!

Use the exercise created by the New York Times to try and solve the budget problems.

Get the budget puzzle here!



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