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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Summary of Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Extenders Package

April 03, 2014

Summary of Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Extenders Package On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) released the version of the tax extenders package that the... Read More

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High Tech Border Tower Boondoggle Resurrected

March 24, 2014

High Tech Border Tower Boondoggle Resurrected The long-delayed contract for Integrated Fixed Towers (IFTs) along the southwest border was awarded late in February. To remind those who... Read More

Press Releases

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide

March 12, 2014

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide New national report examines how much states are spending on new roadways versus investing in repairs.... Read More

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Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs

March 05, 2014

Agriculture Appropriations Hearing Highlights Waste in Farm Subsidy Programs At today’s House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the USDA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Budget, Inspector General... Read More

Our Take

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal

March 05, 2014

The Lost Cause of Clean Coal A recent congressional hearing (“DOE Oversight: Status of Clean Coal Programs”, House Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight... Read More

Our Take

Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders

March 04, 2014

Let The Good Times Roll for Shipbuilders On the calendar it’s “Fat Tuesday” and if you don’t already know it, the unofficial theme of Fat Tuesday is "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez". ... Read More

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A Century of Subsidies for the Oil & Gas Industry

April 18, 2014

The oil and gas industry has been getting subsidies for almost a century. We can't afford special treatment for profitable companies. The time has come to end taxpayer subsidies for the industry.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about the Littoral Combat Ship

April 04, 2014

A ship that cannot operate and survive against advanced military adversaries in Asia, like China, should not receive one more dollar of... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the Facts about the Mortgage Interest Deduction

March 12, 2014

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) allows homeowners to deduct from their taxable income the interest payments on home mortgage balances... Read More

Reports & Data

Repair Priorities 2014

March 12, 2014

Repair Priorities 2014 Download the full report  State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Paying Uncle Sam

April 17, 2014 | WJLA News Channel 8

Millions of Americans have filed their federal and state income taxes. Where is all of that money going? Ryan Alexander, president... Read More

Starting a Tax Day Dialogue

April 15, 2014 | US News & World Report

Today is April 15, the one day every year when most Americans think about taxes. So I thought I would take this opportunity to step back and... Read More

First on CNN: Tax-writing lawmakers’ tax issues—do as I say…

April 15, 2014 | CNN

Washington (CNN) -- The House Ways and Means Committee is the oldest, and arguably the most powerful, in Congress with members... Read More

Guilt By Association in Louisiana

April 14, 2014 | FactCheck.org

In a classic case of misdirection, the Senate Majority PAC claims the “out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers” are spending millions to... Read More

The Poster Child for Government Boondoggles

April 14, 2014 | US News & World Report

In South Carolina, about a 30 minute drive from Augusta, Ga., down Route 125 is the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Savannah River is home to... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 18, 2014

Western Welfare Queens

Americans often look at the men and women who earn their living off the land in the west as rugged... Read More