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

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

Letters & Testimony

Right/Left Coalition Supports Three Amendments to FY17 NDAA

May 16, 2016

Right/Left Coalition Supports Three Amendments to FY17 NDAA On Monday, 13 organizations spanning the political spectrum sent a joint letter to the House Rules Committee in support of three amendments to... Read More

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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

Reports & Data

Common Sense Cuts for the 114th Congress

April 15, 2015

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

TCS appearances in the media in Prioritize Investments

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

Thoughts On Keeping Congress Afloat

July 06, 2016 | Hill Country News

The good news is the U.S. Navy is getting a new ship in 2017. The bad news is the department of defense doesn’t want it. The new line of... Read More

Groups Urge Lawmakers to Reject OCO Plug for Pentagon

July 05, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA

July 1 — A coalition of anti-federal spending and pro-peace groups sent a letter urging lawmakers to reject using the Overseas Contingency... Read More

Advocacy Groups Oppose OCO-to-Base Funding Shift

June 30, 2016 | Inside Defense

A letter has been drafted by a team of anti-war and anti-debt advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum encouraging members of... Read More

Hillary Clinton: An Insider in the Year of the Outsider

June 27, 2016 | Washington Examiner

It was a dichotomous moment in the 2016 race: Hillary Clinton, from the safety of a back room somewhere in New Jersey, told CNN's Jake Tapper... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 29, 2016

Subsidizing Sand Castles

Fun in the sun may be costing you more than you think. A sobering fact: If you go to a beach along the East or... Read More

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