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

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote

September 27, 2016

TCS to House: Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303) Is Not Worth Your Vote On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and National Taxpayers Union urged members of the House to vote down H.R.5303... Read More

Our Take

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016

September 08, 2016

Remove Wasteful Provisions from S. 2848 Water Resources Development Act of 2016 TCS sent a letter along with analysis of the WRDA bill, highlighting wasteful provisions. ... Read More

Press Releases

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas

August 11, 2016

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers Are Losing Millions in Revenue from Wasted Gas WASHINGTON, DC —Federal taxpayers lost nearly $600 million in royalty revenues during a 10-year period ending in 2015 because of royalty... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Comments on federal coal review

July 28, 2016

Comments on federal coal review Comments for the scoping period of the federal coal Programmatic EIS... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick

July 12, 2016

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 17 other fiscal conservative organizations in sending a letter to all members of Congress... Read More

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Awards

Golden Fleece: The Air Force B-21 Raider Attack on Your Wallet

October 04, 2016

TCS Awards its Golden Fleece Award to the U.S. Air Force for refusing to release the overall costs of the B-21 bomber... Read More

Reports & Data

Gone with the Wind: How Taxpayers are Losing from Wasted Gas

August 10, 2016

Oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands are losing a significant amount of natural gas. In their drilling operations, they are... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Waste Not

November 23, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress must tighten waste standards for gas and oil companies and save taxpayers millions. For decades, oil and gas operators have leaked... Read More

BLM Rules for Gas Waste on Public Lands Meet Opposition

November 17, 2016 | Public News Service

DENVER – As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration's final days, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has finalized rules to reduce... Read More

Left-right coalition pushes Moniz on carbon capture giveaway

October 29, 2016 | Southeast Green

The Texas Clean Energy Project, a long-troubled carbon capture and sequestration facility planned for Penwell, Texas, faces the expiration of... Read More

Methane: BLM rule backers make conservative pitch to Hill staffers

October 28, 2016 | E & E

Capitol Hill staffers yesterday heard a pitch designed to appeal to conservatives — how federal rules to limit methane emissions from oil and... Read More

Tax Policy: Green Scissors Coalition Targets ‘Dirty’ Extenders

October 04, 2016 | E&E - Greenwire

A diverse alliance of interest groups is urging lawmakers to allow a suite of energy tax breaks to expire at the end of the year. The Green... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

November 23, 2016

(Thanks)giving Subsidies

As Americans gather this week for Thanksgiving, we thought it a good time to remind everyone how Washington’s... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany