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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DOE Finalizing $1.8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Owner Is Reckless

June 24, 2015

DOE Finalizing $1.8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Owner Is Reckless Today, the Department of Energy announced it would issue $1.8 billion in loan guarantees to the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG)... Read More

Our Take

Senate Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill

May 27, 2015

Senate Approves FY 2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY2016 Energy and Water spending bill on Thursday, May 21st, after a markup where lawmakers... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter: How to Vote for Taxpayers on NDAA Amendments

May 15, 2015

Letter: How to Vote for Taxpayers on NDAA Amendments On Thursday, as the House of Representatives debated the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 1735, members offered a number of... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Backs NDAA Amendment to Stop a Shipbuilding Slippery Slope

May 15, 2015

TCS Backs NDAA Amendment to Stop a Shipbuilding Slippery Slope On Thursday, TCS wrote the House of Representatives to support an amendment offered by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Jared Polis (D-CO) to... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS & NTU Ask House Rules Committee to Allow Fiscally Responsible Amendments

May 13, 2015

TCS & NTU Ask House Rules Committee to Allow Fiscally Responsible Amendments On Tuesday, TCS and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) sent a letter urging the House Rules Committee to deem certain amendments in order for... Read More

Our Take

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Is Singing Our Song

May 07, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Is Singing Our Song They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If so, the Talking Heads were pleased to see this quote from the Secretary of Defense... Read More

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Reports & Data

Common Sense Cuts for the 114th Congress

April 15, 2015

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers with $2 trillion in Deficit Reduction... Read More

Reports & Data

Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... Read More

Fact Sheets

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

Policy Briefs

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014: Commentary and Analysis

May 19, 2014

The Conference report on H.R. 3080 is a missed opportunity to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Prioritize Investments

The familiar dance for funding

June 22, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON - Along with the pomp and pride that comes with hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there's an underside for... Read More

HUD aid for its own workers includes $100k move

June 15, 2015 | Politico

It reserved $5.5 million to cover expenses for everything from storage to airline tickets — and in some cases, the cost of home sales.... Read More

After the Flood, Another Flood

June 12, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

On May 30, President Barack Obama declared parts of Texas a disaster area from the recent flooding. A disaster declaration comes after a... Read More

White House objects to House’s proposed funding cuts

June 09, 2015 | Environment and Energy Publishing

The Obama administration yesterday decried proposed transportation cuts in a fiscal 2016 spending bill set for a markup tomorrow by the full... Read More

The $20 Million Political Boondoggle That Just Won’t Die

June 08, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

Every year, 5,000 to 9,000 tons of coal mined from the rugged hills of Tamaqua in northeast Pennsylvania is loaded onto railcars and shipped... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 05, 2015

You Load Sixteen Tons, and What Do You Get?

Another day older and deeper in debt. That’s Tennessee Ernie Ford’s answer in his 1955 hit, “Sixteen Tons.” The... Read More