Cut Subsidies

The federal government subsidizes economic activities in different ways, including direct spending and tax cuts. Every year these subsidies cost taxpayers billions of dollars, yet the government often fails to monitor them for their effectiveness or necessity. ...More

Subsidies such as preferential tax treatment have been especially prone to lax oversight and underestimating the true cost to taxpayers. Loan guarantees, price guarantees, and disaster insurance are also examples of federal subsidies to private industries. Federal subsidies need to be accurately measured and routinely assessed to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return on their investment. Profitable, well-established industries should not receive taxpayer subsidies in any form.

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Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern”

June 11, 2015

Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern” Last week we awarded the Golden Fleece to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for continuing the absurd practice of sending... Read More

Statements

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment

June 10, 2015

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment On behalf of our organizations and our combined memberships, we urge your support for a fiscally-sound, bi-partisan amendment ... Read More

Statements

Statement on EPA Proposed Biofuels Standards

May 29, 2015

Statement on EPA Proposed Biofuels Standards Today, two federal agencies failed taxpayers on biofuels policy.... Read More

Our Take

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing

April 13, 2015

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing On March 17th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2016 budget requests for the Bureau... Read More

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Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request

April 13, 2015

Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request On March 25th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the Department of Energy (DOE)’s FY2016... Read More

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Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget

March 23, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget At a March 11th Senate Budget Committee hearing on the benefits of a balanced budget, lawmakers discussed government waste, corporate welfare,... Read More

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Shallow Loss Agriculture Programs 101

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Fact Sheets

Biofuels Resource Page

June 23, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on Biofuels.... Read More

Fact Sheets

2014 Farm Bill Crop Insurance Subsidies for Biofuels Crops

June 18, 2015

Taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing the entire supply chain of bioenergy production. Numerous federal farm bill programs subsidize the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Federal Subsidies for Corn Ethanol and Other Corn-Based Biofuels

June 15, 2015

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

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Avian flu is hammering hens — should poultry farmers get a bailout?

July 31, 2015 | Grist

You may have noticed that the price of eggs has gone up. That’s partially due to theHighly Pathogenic Avian Influenza epidemic that decimated... Read More

Airline responds to WTAE airplane investigation with text messages

July 30, 2015 | WTAE Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. —The airline Sun Air Express maintains the Essential Air Service is truly essential after a WTAE investigation raised... Read More

Perdue hits the mark on agency’s redundancy

July 28, 2015 | Politifact

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Stabenow Seeks Tax Sweeteners for NASCAR Track Operators

July 02, 2015 | Roll Call

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is teaming with Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and other senior Republicans in pressing... Read More

Commentary: Reject Navy’s Budget Gimmick

June 30, 2015 | Defense News

Congressional defense appropriators and authorizers are engaged in an oversight food fight over the Ohio-class replacement program to acquire... Read More

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Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany