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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Letters & Testimony

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial

May 23, 2016

Coalition Letter: Cutting Duplicative Catfish Program Is Still Crucial On Monday, TCS joined with a diverse array of nine other government waste watchdogs in sending a letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to voice... Read More

Letters & Testimony

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments

May 20, 2016

MILCON Is Not a “Contingency”: Support the Mulvaney Amendments TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to support fiscally responsible amendments by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) to the FY17 Military...... Read More

Our Take

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

May 19, 2016

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More


TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review

May 19, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, UT on... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments

May 18, 2016

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments TCS sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging them to vote for fiscally responsible amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Right/Left Groups Join Together to Support OCO Amendment

May 18, 2016

Right/Left Groups Join Together to Support OCO Amendment On Wednesday TCS joined a bipartisan group urging lawmakers to support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet: Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Digging Deeper

April 07, 2016

Updated Farm Program baseline numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm taxpayers are unlikely to harvest the $16.6 billion... Read More

Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Senate Advances Bill to Move Catfish Inspections

May 25, 2016 | Hattiesburg American - Gannett

WASHINGTON - Over objections from Mississippi’s Republican senators, the Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a measure to end catfish... Read More

Conflicts Swirl around San Joaquin Valley Irrigation Drainage Plan

May 25, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee - McClatchy

WASHINGTON - A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the... Read More

No Defense for This Budget Gambit

May 24, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

It was only five weeks ago that I expressed optimism for some fiscal discipline on the part of the annual appropriations process. My fleeting... Read More

Georgia, South Carolina Ready to Take Steps toward Joint Port

May 24, 2016 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia and South Carolina are ready to start spending some real money to build the $5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal planned for a scrubby... Read More

Miners Fear Federal Coal Reforms Jeopardize Rural Utah

May 20, 2016 | The Salt Lake Tribune

The nation's emotion-fueled debate over coal mining's future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

May 06, 2016

Insurance Waste, Resurrected

Never underestimate a politician’s ability to resurrect a bad idea, even if it has been cast aside several... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary


U.S. Coal to Germany