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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TCS Analysis of President’s FY2016 Budget

February 02, 2015

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2016 Budget Taxpayers for Common Sense staff will be combing through the President's budget over the next several hours and days, explaining what the... Read More

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Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List

April 01, 2015

Military Unfunded (and Unexplained) Priority List It’s Spring, finally. The promise of cherry blossoms fills the air in Washington. It’s also that time of year in the nation’s capital when a... Read More

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Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier

March 25, 2015

Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier In the House and Senate budget resolutions, lawmakers are funneling $38 billion more into the Pentagon's slush fund than the Pentagon... Read More

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Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget

March 23, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget At a March 11th Senate Budget Committee hearing on the benefits of a balanced budget, lawmakers discussed government waste, corporate welfare,... Read More

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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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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

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Defense Spending Has Dropped 21 Percent since 2010, Rubio Says

April 01, 2015 | Politifact

Even with combat in Iraq and Afghanistan officially over, potential presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a reversal of a... Read More

Hous GOP Approves Budget to Hike Defense, Slash Safety-Net Programs

March 27, 2015 | The Los Angeles Times

House Republicans pushed past their internal divisions to approve a budget blueprint Wednesday, putting the new Congress on track to notch a... Read More

5 Gimmicks in the GOP’s “Gimmick-Free” Budget

March 18, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

The new House GOP budget for fiscal 2016 declares that “we do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks” to slash spending by $5.5... Read More

The House Republican Budget Is an Imperfect Step Forward

March 18, 2015 | Rare

Tuesday morning, the House Budget Committee released its 2016 Budget Resolution. The resolution is much better than the President’s most... Read More

House GOP Wants to Give Pentagon a Boost

March 18, 2015 | National Journal

here are plenty of ways Republicans could lose this year's massive intraparty fight over the budget. But so far there is at least one big... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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March 06, 2015

Continuing the Resolution to Waste

With hours to go before a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security last Friday, Congress adopted a... Read More