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

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

Our Take

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill

May 04, 2015

House Passes FY2016 Energy and Water Spending Bill After being introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, April 27 and a week of segmented debate, the fiscal year (FY)... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and NTU Urge Support for Mulvaney-Van Hollen Amendments

April 30, 2015

TCS and NTU Urge Support for Mulvaney-Van Hollen Amendments In a letter to the House on Thursday, TCS and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) urged members to support the amendments offered by Rep.s Mick... 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

Pentagon’s $90 Billion ‘Slush Fund’ Comes Under Attack

May 12, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

An obscure Pentagon account that has powered the U.S. war effort in the Middle East since shortly after the 9-11 attacks is at the center of a... Read More

Louisiana Travels Down Road of Neglect

May 11, 2015 | The News Star - Gannett

Crumbling and congested roads cost the average Louisiana driver hundreds of dollars a year, and there are no easy answers on how to fix... Read More

Congress Keeps Funding Overbudget Plutonium Site with No Real Customers

May 08, 2015 | The Washington Times

This week the House approved over $300 million for a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at Savannah River in South Carolina as part of U.S.... Read More

Congress Should Stop Playing Games with the Pentagon Budget

May 06, 2015 | The Huffington Post

Ever since the Budget Control Act of 2011 placed caps on the Pentagon's base budget, Congress and the Obama administration have been using... Read More

House Panel Advances Defense Bill with Billions for Connecticut Weapons

May 04, 2015 | The CT Mirror

Washington – With the backing of Rep. Joe Courtney, the House Armed Services Committee this week authorized billions of dollars for weapons... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 24, 2015

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm

June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. While 2014 was a relatively light year for storms,... Read More