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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Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill

April 15, 2015

Subcommittee Passes FY2016 Energy & Water Spending Bill Our Take: House Energy and Water Spending Bill FY2016 Passed by Appropriations Subcommittee On April 15th, the House Appropriations Energy... 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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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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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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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

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The Pentagon’s Slush Fund Is Getting Slushier

April 27, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

For all of the debt ceiling showdowns, fiscal commissions and super committees, details of federal budget drama can seem boring to the average... Read More

K St. Swarms on Pentagon’s ‘Wish Lists’

April 16, 2015 | The Hill

The re-emergence of Pentagon “wish lists” to Congress has ignited a fierce lobbying battle among some of the world’s largest contractors, who... Read More

Find Some Tax Day Budget Savings

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

Tax day is here again. Whether or not you’ve already spent your refund or will be running to the post office or hitting the submit button at... Read More

Without Funding Boost, Navy Shipbuilding Plan Runs Aground

April 09, 2015 | Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS -- On the surface, the Navy's new 30-year shipbuilding plan looks like smooth sailing for Huntington Ingalls Industries and other... Read More

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

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