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 Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions

September 17, 2014

TCS Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions On Tuesday, TCS sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of their hearing on energy provisions in the tax code.... Read More

Our Take

Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee

August 06, 2014

Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a markup of the chamber’s FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill only to pull it... Read More

Press Releases

Budget Watchdog Documents Low Federal Effective Tax Rates for Large Oil and Gas Companies

July 31, 2014

Effective Tax Rates of Oil and Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment report finds variety of special tax provisions allows companies to defer billions in taxes... Read More

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

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Reports & Data

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment

July 30, 2014

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment From 2009 through 2013, large U.S.-based oil and gas companies paid far less in federal income taxes than the statutory rate of 35 percent.... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Congress Should Let the Wasteful Export-Import Bank Expire

September 12, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

One fight that is sure to get a lot of attention in the run-up to the midterm elections is the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, known as... Read More

The case against ‘nonprofits 1 and 2’ in Fattah probe

September 09, 2014 | Philadelphia Enquirer

WASHINGTON - Their missions were admirable: Boost education programs for Philadelphia schoolchildren and provide college scholarships. But... Read More

The U.S. Inversion Problem

September 03, 2014 | Capital Insider

U.S. lawmakers and consumers are up in arms over a recent deal to move Burger King to Canada. Many analysts say the deal makes business... Read More

Military Guns Used by Local Police Across the Country Are Missing

September 02, 2014 | ABC News

Some police forces are not keeping track of high-powered weapons and the fear is they could end up in the wrong hands.  

$2.2M Wind Turbine at Veterans Affairs Site Idle

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud has been broken for years, and... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

September 12, 2014

Loco for OCO

Volume XVI No.37: September 12, 2014 For sheer chutzpah, it’s hard to beat the reprogramming request the... Read More