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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Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My!

November 05, 2015

Prohibitions and Limitations and Contingencies, Oh My! The “final” version of the Pentagon policy bill is making its way, step by painful step, through the Congress this week. Why are we putting... Read More

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The Rules Don’t Apply to Us

October 07, 2015

The Rules Don’t Apply to Us That may well be the rallying cry of the Pentagon budgeteers in the last dozen or more years. And they’ve been aided and abetted in this point... Read More

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Who’re You Calling a CR?

September 01, 2015

Who’re You Calling a CR? Given the Congress’ utter abdication of its Constitutionally-mandated power to decide how federal dollars will be spent, we are now less than... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Call for Public Access to CRS Reports

August 25, 2015

Call for Public Access to CRS Reports August 24, 2015   The Honorable Roy Blunt Chairman Committee on Rules and Administration United States Senate The... Read More


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

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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

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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


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

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The National Defense Authorization Act

November 12, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to sign the latest version of the NDAA that passed through the Senate. This is the second go around... Read More

Playing Budget Games with Defense Spending Doesn’t Help the Pentagon

November 03, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Pumping up the Defense Department's coffers through off-budget chicanery doesn't help solve the Pentagon's problems.... Read More

Congress Can’t Figure Out How to Pay for Transportation, Again

October 26, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released its way overdue transportation reauthorization. It's way overdue... Read More

Decision on Enrichment Project Followed Complex Path

October 22, 2015 | Gannett News

WASHINGTON-- Last year, Congress ordered the Department of Energy to figure out how much nuclear fuel the U.S. would need over the next 45... Read More

6 Expert Budget Fixes - And a Cry for Help

October 21, 2015 | Politico

Nobody would deny the budget process is in disarray. Each year, the House and Senate are supposed to agree on top-line totals in the spring... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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November 25, 2015

10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week. At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we thought we’d do what so many Americans do at this time... Read More

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The Corporate Inversion Quagmire

November 30, 2015

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10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

November 25, 2015

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Reorienting Pentagon Priorities

November 20, 2015