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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Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program

July 29, 2015

Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander spoke today at the first in a series of listening sessions being held by the Bureau of... Read More

Our Take

Tax Extenders: Senate Finance Committee

July 24, 2015

Tax Extenders: Senate Finance Committee On Tuesday July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved a $95 billion package of more than 50 tax extenders, which are generally narrow... Read More

Our Take

Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee

July 17, 2015

Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee This week the House Committee on Appropriations took up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... Read More

Statements

TCS statement on public listening sessions on Federal Coal Program

July 09, 2015

TCS statement on public listening sessions on Federal Coal Program TCS President Ryan Alexander's statement on the Interior Department's announcement... Read More

Statements

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

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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

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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

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

TCS appearances in the media in Prioritize Investments

A Win for America’s Biggest National Forest May Also Be a Win for Wolves

July 31, 2015 | TakePart

A Wednesday court ruling may mean the clock is ticking down on the old-growth logging industry of southeastern Alaska. That may be bad news... Read More

Pennsylvania taxpayers funding nearly empty $29 commercial flights daily

July 29, 2015 | WTAE Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH —A federal program that enables $29 commercial flights from Pittsburgh on almost empty planes every day is being funded by... Read More

Dig Up a Better Deal for Taxpayers

July 23, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. needs to develop a coal leasing program that actually works for the public.... Read More

Another budgetary snafu

July 21, 2015 | Capital Insider

Congress is running out of time to finish debating bills that would fund government programs for 2016. While the House has passed six, with... Read More

The Pentagon Can Make Ends Meet

July 15, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

There's nothing like the specter of troop reductions to bring out short-term thinking in Congress.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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July 24, 2015

Endless Love for Ethanol

It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledges of love, abandoning reason, and rebelling against authority.... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration