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

Who’re You Calling a CR?

September 01, 2015

Who’re You Calling a CR? Given the Congress’ utter abdication of its Constitutionally-mandated power to decide how federal dollars will be spent, we are now less than... Read More


TCS Statement on the Passing of Mrs. Ellen Proxmire

August 05, 2015

TCS Statement on the Passing of Mrs. Ellen Proxmire Taxpayers for Common Sense was saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, taxpayer advocate, Mrs. Ellen Proxmire. Mrs. Proxmire was... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Tells DOI to Ensure a Fair Return for Federal Coal

August 04, 2015

TCS Tells DOI to Ensure a Fair Return for Federal Coal In downtown Washington, D.C. last week, top Department of Interior (DOI) officials hosted the first of several “listening sessions” on the... Read More

Our Take

Senate Energy Committee Approves Energy Policy Reform Bill

July 31, 2015

Senate Energy Committee Approves Energy Policy Reform Bill After a three-day markup, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a broad energy policy reform bill on Thursday, July 30... Read More

Our Take

Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee

July 17, 2015

Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee This week the House Committee on Appropriations took up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... Read More

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20th Anniversary Celebration

June 25, 2015

20th Anniversary Celebration For two decades, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) has served as an independent voice for American taxpayers, making sure that the federal... Read More

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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' research on Biofuels.... 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

Fact Sheets

Federal Subsidies for Corn Ethanol and Other Corn-Based Biofuels

June 15, 2015

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Averting a shutdown

September 02, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — In just a few days Congress will be back in session with the major task of passing a federal budget. Now, with less than 30 days... Read More

Poorly monitored science research wastes taxpayers’ money abroad

August 28, 2015 | Washington Times

Back when Bill Clinton was still president, the National Science Foundation began doling out millions of dollars to Northeastern University to... Read More

Congressional vacations, coal, and the F-35

August 20, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — During the August recess, Capitol Hill is relatively quiet, but many lawmakers are traveling abroad. What are they up to? Steve... Read More

Minimally Effective, Extremely Expensive

August 18, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Taxpayers can't afford the massive, growing cost of the Pentagon's F-35 program.... Read More

The Transportation Bill

August 04, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed the 33rd extension of the transportation program, kicking the can down the road for another three months.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

August 07, 2015

Bad Budget Habits at the Pentagon

The House of Representatives put Capitol Hill in its rearview mirror last week. The Senate is sputtering to a... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration


U.S. Coal to Germany