Biden Requests Record Defense Budget Even Before Congress Boosts It
President Biden proposed a record $813 billion in defense funding, which experts called a boon to weapons contractors developing nuclear weapons.
Navy Seeks to Quietly Mothball Billions Worth of Faulty Ships
The expensive Littoral Combat Ships, only seven years old, were expected to serve for 25 years.
Deficit Fears Have Deep History in Corporate-Funded Democratic Party Groups
As corporate-backed Democrats threaten to block the party's reconciliation bill, their talking points draw on support from deficit scold allies among party leaders and well-funded ideological groups.
Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Cost Only Half of One Percent of GDP
The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.
News Outlet Founded by Blue Dog Dem Operatives Promotes Big Pharma’s Lobbying Aims
Leaders of a centrist advocacy group with funding from the pharmaceutical industry founded outlet The Well News and have editorial input on its promoted posts.
Blue Dogs Seek to Delay Democratic Budget Plan After Their PAC Takes Millions From Corporate America
The House Blue Dog PAC has received donations from pharmaceutical giants, health care companies, and the fossil fuel industry this year as nearly half of their members seek to delay a vote on the Democrats’ budget plan.
Publicly-Funded Weapons Companies Donate to Election Objectors
Top defense contractors have quietly restarted their PAC donations after a pause, including to Republican election objectors.
Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget, in Context
The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.
Groups Call on Congress: Fund Your Staff
The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.
Lockheed-Backed Reps Lobby Against F-35 Spending Cuts
As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.
House Progressives Ask Biden to Significantly Cut the Pentagon Budget
Over 50 members of Congress are calling on President Biden to "significantly" cut military spending in next year's budget and invest in social needs.