MyBudget: Share Your Story

Budget decisions aren't just about numbers and charts. They have real impacts on real people and communities.

After my dad got Multiple Sclerosis and could no longer work, our family struggled to make ends meet. My mom had to find work after spending years staying home to take care of her seven children. But our country didn't turn its back on our family. Thankfully, we were able to get back on our feet because of programs like food stamps and Pell grants.

These events affect how I view the role of the federal government. I want to hear your stories too, so I can help ensure your voice is heard as we work together to build on our two-year bipartisan budget deal and tackle all of our deficits fairly and responsibly.

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MyBudget: What Are Your Budget Priorities?

Budgets are all about setting priorities, and we want to hear about yours as we work to build on our two-year bipartisan budget deal.

Since August 2010 Congress has put in place $3.3 trillion in deficit reduction. This year our deficit will be about a third of what the Congressional Budget Office expected it to be just five years ago, and the long-term outlook has improved somewhat as well. While we absolutely need to tackle our long-term budget deficit and debt challenges fairly and responsibly, we now have some breathing room to also focus on the other deficits facing our country, like those in jobs, innovation, infrastructure, and education.

So tell us what investments and programs you value, like safe roads and bridges, affordable college education, national security, and many others. And let us know if there are programs, policies, or tax loopholes that the federal government spends money on that you think it shouldn't.

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MyBudget: Tell Us Your Ideas

As we look for ways to build on our two-year bipartisan budget deal, we need to continue working toward priorities that help families and communities all across the country, like tackling our long-term budget challenges fairly and responsibly, strengthening programs like Medicare so they will be there for the next generation, and raising revenue in a fair way from those who can afford it most.

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Senate Budget Committee Bernie Sanders, Ranking Member

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