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

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

Press Releases

Groups Call for Congress to Act on Broken Renewable Fuel Standard

October 30, 2015

Groups Call for Congress to Act on Broken Renewable Fuel Standard TCS and other groups were featured in a print ad in Roll Call on October 28th urging Congress to act on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).... Read More

Our Take

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Harvests Crop Insurance Savings

October 28, 2015

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Harvests Crop Insurance Savings It looks like crop insurance special interests are trying to scuttle one of the only provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015... Read More

Our Take

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

Our Take

New Agriculture Income Guarantees Prove Costly

September 25, 2015

New Agriculture Income Guarantees Prove Costly In recent testimony before the House Committee on Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor... Read More

Press Releases

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol

September 10, 2015

Report Highlights Dozens of Federal Subsidies for Biofuels, with Focus on Ethanol Taxpayers for Common Sense today released a report detailing the variety of federal subsidies for biofuels like corn ethanol...... Read More

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Reports & Data

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

Reports & Data

Agricultural Conservation: A Farmer’s Risk Management Tool

July 28, 2015

Agricultural producers mitigate risks of doing business in various ways by utilizing private sector risk management options and enrolling in... Read More

Fact Sheets

Biofuels Resource Page

June 23, 2015

The resource page for TCS products on Biofuels and Biomass Subsidies.... Read More

Fact Sheets

2014 Farm Bill Crop Insurance Subsidies for Biofuels Crops

June 18, 2015

Taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing the entire supply chain of bioenergy production. Numerous federal farm bill programs subsidize the... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Why Federal Funds Pay for Empty Flights Out of Maryland, Virginia

November 17, 2015 | NBC4 - Washington

More than $3.5 million in taxpayer money has been spent this year subsidizing little-used, sometimes empty commercial flights out of two... Read More

Congressman Target Crop Insurance - Again

November 17, 2015 | High Plains Jouranl

It only took a few days following an announcement from congressional agricultural leadership that cuts to crop insurance payments to insurers... Read More

AFFIRM Act Is Real Farm Bill Reform

November 12, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

I have written on these pages and elsewhere about the many ways that the 2014 farm bill has already failed taxpayers. Apologists for big... Read More

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

Alaska Kills Infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ that Helped Put End to Earmarks

November 09, 2015 | The Washington Times

Alaska officials have put the final kibosh on the infamous “bridge to nowhere” — a $400 million project tucked into the federal transportation... 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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