Stop Waste

In the fight to control government spending and reduce our national deficits and debt, Congress’ first priority should be stopping wasteful spending. Every year, the federal government wastes billions of tax dollars on obsolete or unnecessary goods and services. ...More

For years, many special interests have been successful at securing wasteful subsidies through direct appropriations or through the tax code. Members of Congress who want to bring federal dollars to their districts have inserted spending into appropriations bills for things we simply do not need. Federal agencies have wasted federal resources through mismanagement and poor spending oversight. Ultimately, responsibility for wasting federal tax dollars rests with Congress, and lawmakers should be held accountable for all of their spending decisions.

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Our Take

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

Letters & Testimony

Letter to DOE: Cut Funding for CCS Projects, Like FutureGen

February 27, 2015

Letter to DOE: Cut Funding for CCS Projects, Like FutureGen TCS has been tracking the FutureGen project for all of its tortured existence since 2003, and constantly advocating for its funding to be cut.... Read More

Our Take

Upcoming Administrative Actions on Methane

February 26, 2015

Upcoming Administrative Actions on Methane In January, the White House announced a series of actions aimed at reducing emissions from methane, a potent greenhouse gas, including a goal... Read More

Our Take

Costs for Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Run Deep

January 29, 2015

Costs for Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Run Deep Just this week, CBO released an updated Farm Program baseline estimating that new agricultural income entitlement programs will cost taxpayers... Read More

Our Take

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus

December 17, 2014

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus Fresh off their $1.1 trillion CROmnibus high, the Senate approved a bill providing dozens of tax breaks to special interests. The tax... Read More

Our Take

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

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... 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

Reports & Data

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment

July 30, 2014

From 2009 through 2013, large U.S.-based oil and gas companies paid far less in federal income taxes than the statutory rate of 35 percent.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

CBS This Morning Questions Essential Air Service, Vexes Devils Lake Officials

February 25, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald

Devils Lake officials are a bit perturbed by a CBS This Morning report Tuesday that featured the city.   The story questioned the... Read More

Is Essential Air Service Wasting Taxpayer Money?

February 24, 2015 | CBS News

The Essential Air Service (EAS) program began in 1978 to ensure commercial flights to small and remote communities. There are more than 100... Read More

Senators Introduce Bill to Cut Crop Insurance

February 18, 2015 | AgWeek Magazine

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., on Feb. 12 introduced companion bills that would eliminate... Read More

As Ebola Fades, Questions Arise over Billions in U.S. Aid

February 10, 2015 | Fox News

Aid officials say a surge of international support since last fall has helped contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but as U.S.-built... Read More

What Happened with the GSA in Vegas Stymies Federal Workers

February 09, 2015 | The Washington Post

When federal employees get together for training and meetings, fancy lunches aren’t on the menu anymore. In fact, food of any kind — tuna fish... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 20, 2015

High Risk for Waste

Alert! The Government Accountability Office – the nonpartisan watchdog arm of Congress – has released its “High... Read More

Our Take

TCS Analysis of President’s FY2016 Budget

February 02, 2015

Weekly Wastebasket

The Plane That’s Eating the Pentagon

February 27, 2015

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Adherence to Budget Control Act

February 27, 2015

Letters & Testimony

Letter to DOE: Cut Funding for CCS Projects, Like FutureGen

February 27, 2015

Our Take

Upcoming Administrative Actions on Methane

February 26, 2015