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

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

Coming Up

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM!

July 05, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM! Make your voice heard on federal coal reform!   Coal mined on federal land belongs to all U.S. taxpayers and getting a fair return for its... Read More

Letters & Testimony

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions

June 30, 2016

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions TCS and Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return

June 28, 2016

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return TCS Senior Program Director Autumn Hanna spoke today at a Dept. of Interior listening session on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Joins Groups in Letter Opposing Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program

June 23, 2016

TCS Joins Groups in Letter Opposing Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program TCS joined groups in a letter to House leadership this week expressing opposition to USDA's wasteful, duplicative catfish inspection program.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado

June 23, 2016

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado Below are TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot's official remarks today at BLM's listening session in Grand Junction, Colorado on reforming federal coal.... Read More

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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

Reports & Data

Upcoming and Ongoing Taxpayer Losses from Timber Sales in the Tongass National Forest

October 27, 2015

Up-to-date information on money-losing timber sales and costs to taxpayers in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.... Read More

Reports & Data

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Stop Waste

BLM Proposed Royalty Rule on Wasted Natural Gas Would Benefit Taxpayers

July 19, 2016 | The Hill

If the heat escapes from your home, you still pay the power company for it. Oil and gas companies often lose a precious resource—natural... Read More

Thoughts On Keeping Congress Afloat

July 06, 2016 | Hill Country News

The good news is the U.S. Navy is getting a new ship in 2017. The bad news is the department of defense doesn’t want it. The new line of... Read More

Big Coal Just Saw One Of Its Favorite Loopholes Closed

July 06, 2016 | Think Progress

The Obama Administration last week took a closely-watched first step in its effort to reform the federal coal program by issuing a rule that... Read More

Groups Urge Lawmakers to Reject OCO Plug for Pentagon

July 05, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA

July 1 — A coalition of anti-federal spending and pro-peace groups sent a letter urging lawmakers to reject using the Overseas Contingency... Read More

Congress Buys the Navy A $400 Million Pork Ship

July 05, 2016 | Politico Magazine

In the nearly eight years since the first Littoral Combat Ship was delivered to the Navy, it hasn’t won many ardent fans beyond the Navy,... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany