Prioritize Investments

Federal spending decisions should be based on project merit, rather than on who wields the most political muscle or influence. But federal dollars are going to “sweetheart projects” of influential lawmakers, instead of repairing or replacing the bridges or weapons systems most in need of attention. ...More

Federal dollars continue to flow to legacy programs because of bureaucratic inertia, and the absence of any regular, ongoing assessment of actual need. Funding federal investments based on merit is a critical component of any deficit-reduction plan and could save taxpayers billions. Congress and federal agencies have a responsibility to taxpayers to invest federal resources in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Letters & Testimony

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote

September 27, 2016

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and National Taxpayers Union urged members of the House to vote down H.R.5303... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick

July 12, 2016

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 17 other fiscal conservative organizations in sending a letter to all members of Congress... Read More

Letters & Testimony

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions

June 30, 2016

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions TCS and Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Our Take

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial

May 23, 2016

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial On Monday, TCS joined with a diverse array of nine other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to voice... Read More

Our Take

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

May 19, 2016

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Benefits of Measuring Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

August 03, 2016

Federal taxpayers have an interest in the conservation of agricultural resources because of agriculture’s potential to both impose significant... Read More

Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... Read More

Awards

Golden Fleece: Blinders for Blender Pumps

July 21, 2015

With his creation of a new program to spend $100 million to pay for new gas station pumps that can handle high-blend ethanol fuels, Secretary... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Prioritize Investments

Fed Funding for Trinity River Project Not a Done Deal

August 10, 2016 | Watchdog.org

It came as a surprise to Steve Ellis to hear that U.S. Rep. Kay Granger stood on the precipice of a $525 million federal score for her... Read More

Outgoing Navy Secretary Still Urging a Base-Closing Round

August 09, 2016 | The CT Mirror

Washington — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess... Read More

Fort Worth’s Water Project Is Finally on the Verge of Funding

August 05, 2016 | McClatchyDC

WASHINGTON - The Trinity River Vision project, years in the works, which backers say will transform Fort Worth, is finally close to getting... Read More

A Budget Birthday

August 03, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

The Budget Control Act of 2011 turned 5 years old today. With several tweaks, modifications and end runs, it remains the law of the land.... Read More

At GOP National Convention, Ron Johnson Attacks Challenger Russ Feingold’s Support for the Military

July 26, 2016 | PolitiFact - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson used part of his July 19, 2016, speech at the Republican National Convention to boost his re-election campaign,... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 05, 2016

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending

Congress is giving Defense Secretary Ashton Carter a bad case of heartburn. Indeed, each year the Secretary of... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

Shutting Down a Shutdown

September 30, 2016

Our Take

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Weekly Wastebasket

Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016