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

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus

December 17, 2014

Top 10 Tax Cherries On Top of the CROmnibus Fresh off their $1.1 trillion CROmnibus high, the Senate approved a bill providing dozens of tax breaks to special interests. The tax... Read More

Our Take

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending

December 12, 2014

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending The Pentagon portion of the CROmnibus is liberally sprinkled with funding for programs the Pentagon either wants to end or never asked for in... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Disaster Related Tax Policy for the Senate Committee on Finance

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense United States Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on Flood Insurance for House Committee on Financial Services Hearing

November 19, 2014

Testimony of Steve Ellis Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance Committee on Financial... Read More

Press Releases

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Submits Comments on Draft Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation

November 04, 2014

TCS Submits Comments on Draft Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation In September, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Draft Advanced Nuclear Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation. If finalized, the... Read More

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Reports & Data

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... Read More

Reports & Data

Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... Read More

Fact Sheets

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

Reports & Data

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

July 30, 2014

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

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

Policy groups take on extenders

December 18, 2014 | Politico

TOP 10 ‘MOST GLUTTONOUS’ EXTENDERS. Taypayers for Common Sense published a list of what it considers the 10 most egregious tax extenders... Read More

Oh, and President Obama’s Request for Police Body Cameras? It Wasn’t in the Budget Congress Just Pas

December 18, 2014 | The Root

Lawmakers went home for Christmas without acting on the president’s $263 million request.... Read More

10 Outrageously Pricey Tax Breaks ‘Gifted’ by Congress

December 18, 2014 | The Fiscal Times

The Senate, on its way out at the close of the 113th Congress, approved the extension of more than 50 tax breaks, collectively known as “tax... Read More

Connecticut Winners, Losers In $1.1 Trillion Federal Spending Plan

December 17, 2014 | The Connecticut Mirror

WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress struggled to approve, with little help from the state's Democratic lawmakers, has... Read More

Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

December 19, 2014

Congress by the Numbers

Sine Die. That’s the Latin phrase for spells the end of the 113th Congress. Phew. While we have a couple weeks... Read More