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

DKRW Again Seeking a Loan Guarantee as a Last Resort

July 18, 2014

DKRW Again Seeking a Loan Guarantee as a Last Resort Recently, executives from DKRW Advanced Fuels have said they plan on visiting officials at the Department of Energy (DOE) in the near future... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35

July 17, 2014

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began its consideration of H.R. 4870, the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense... Read More

Our Take

Energy and Water Bill Passes House

July 16, 2014

Energy and Water Bill Passes House On Thursday, the House approved a $34 billion energy and water spending bill, providing funding for projects ranging from water development... Read More

Our Take

USEC Bankruptcy Filing Approved: Company to Proceed With Debt Restructuring Plan

July 14, 2014

USEC Bankruptcy Filing Approved: Company to Proceed With Debt Restructuring Plan Over the past two weeks, the value of the United States Enrichment Corporation’s (USEC) stock has fluctuated significantly, rising from... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Cut Back Needless Fossil Subsidies in Energy and Water Bill

July 10, 2014

Cut Back Needless Fossil Subsidies in Energy and Water Bill The Green Scissors coalition urges support for the amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier to reduce the Fossil R&D account to FY 2014 levels.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill

July 09, 2014

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill Taxpayers for Common Sense recommends an “aye” vote on the following amendments.... Read More

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Fact Sheets

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of Representatives,... Read More

Fact Sheets

Federal Support for the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC): A Timeline of Taxpayer Concerns

June 02, 2014

Federal Support for the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC): A Timeline  of Taxpayer Concerns The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) was established in 1992 as a wholly-owned federal entity until it was privatized in 1998.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform

May 27, 2014

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform Immigration reform is a perennial topic at the forefront of the political discourse in Washington. The media reports that there is movement... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Taxpayer Group Knocks Senate Defense Spending Bill

July 21, 2014 | CQ Roll Call Defense Blog

Taxpayers for Common Sense found fault with the House’s fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, and the group now has its share of gripes with... Read More

Kingston celebrates, defends record

July 21, 2014 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SAVANNAH --- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's answer to one of the crucial questions facing his party is deceptively simple. When asked about... Read More

5 Reasons the Appropriations Process Matters

July 18, 2014 | US News & World Report

Passing spending bills can be tough work, but it's time Congress exercised its legislating muscles.... Read More

Congress won’t have to detail lobbyist trips; Critic says lack of disclosure is effort to avoid accountability

July 17, 2014 | Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Federal lawmakers and their staffs don't have to be quite as up front about taking lobbyist-funded trips after a change quietly sneaked into... Read More

Travels With Don: The Lobbyists, the Nilgai and the Handsome Ranch Foreman

July 16, 2014 | OpenSecrets.org

In 2004, Randy DeLay was asked by the commissioners of the Port of Brownsville, Texas, to justify his $25,000 monthly lobbying bills. Why... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 18, 2014

Budgeting for Emergencies

Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request... Read More