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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House Committee Asks Wrong Questions on Federal Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

December 16, 2014

House Committee Asks Wrong Questions on Federal Subsidies for Nuclear Energy Members of the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology met with the Department of Energy (DOE) and... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending

December 12, 2014

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending The Pentagon portion of the CROmnibus is liberally sprinkled with funding for programs the Pentagon either wants to end or never asked for in... Read More

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CROmnibus Analysis Blog

December 09, 2014

CROmnibus Analysis Blog The eagerly anticipated CROmnibus, that will provide funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2015, has finally been... Read More

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Highlights of Department of Defense Reclama of House and Senate Authorization Bills

October 31, 2014

Earlier this month the Pentagon submitted to the Congress its views on open issues in the Defense Authorization legislation.  When Congress... Read More

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Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request

September 23, 2014

Congress Nixes Pentagon’s Latest F-35 Request On September 8th, the Pentagon sent the Congress a request to reprogram Overseas Contingency Operations funds to accelerate the buy of eight... Read More

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Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee

August 06, 2014

Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a markup of the chamber’s FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill only to pull it... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

The Federal Highway Trust Fund: Past, Present, and Future

May 16, 2014

Every driver that purchases fuel pays an excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline or 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Proceeds... Read More

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Boondoggle on the Border

January 28, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The early weeks of any new Congress give those of us paying attention a sense of the types of activity we can expect for the next two years.... Read More

Federal Bucks Reap a Bumper Crop of Farmers Markets

January 16, 2015 | The Washington Times

Know your farmer, know your food , but most importantly, know where your tax dollars are going. As part of first lady Michelle... Read More

Opinion: Why Obama’s Plan for Tuition-Free Community Colleges Is a Good Idea

January 15, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

President Obama announced the other day the framework for a plan to make two years of community college tuition-free for those who are serious... Read More

Funding New Submarines Outside the Navy?

January 12, 2015 | Daily Press (Newport News, VA)

Newport News Shipbuilding has a stake in a new and potentially divisive method for funding a future class of submarine, a project considered... Read More

How Congress Can Get Serious about the Budget

January 07, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The 114th Congress begins this week, marking an opportunity for a fresh start to tackle old problems. The 112th and 113th Congresses both made... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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January 16, 2015

The Fiscal State of the Union

Article II of Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution directs that the President “… shall from time to time give to... Read More