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Budgets are about more than numbers, they are a reflection of our priorities. Each year, the President and Congress make decisions about which federal programs to fund. These budget choices should all be transparent and accountable to the nation’s taxpayers. During the 112th Congress, lawmakers ...More

approved significant spending cuts over the next decade. There are many different options Congress will consider as it tackles the $16 trillion national debt that is inhibiting our nation’s overall economic growth.

Tax policy has emerged as one of the few areas that both political parties agree needs considerable reform. Over the years, the nation’s tax code has become littered with special interest tax breaks known as “tax expenditures.” Lawmakers must address the profusion of specialized tax breaks that cost taxpayers more than $1 trillion in revenue every fiscal year. A simpler, flatter, fairer tax code will better serve taxpayers.

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Cotton Amendment to National Security Bill: Profligate and Irresponsible

September 14, 2017

Cotton Amendment to National Security Bill: Profligate and Irresponsible National Taxpayers Union and Taxpayers for Common Sense sent a letter to the Senate urging Members to reject an amendment to the 'National Defense Authorization Act' that would eliminate the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) provisions to enforce the congressionally-enacted discretionary spending caps.... Read More

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Don’t Gut the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

July 26, 2017

Don’t Gut the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives urging Members to reject two amendments to the 'Make America Safe Appropriations Act' that would gut parts of the CBO. ... Read More

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Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition

June 23, 2017

Secretary Zinke on Interior’s FY18 Budget - Senate Edition On Wednesday, the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and... Read More

FY18 President Trump’s First Full Budget | Live Analysis

May 22, 2017 > Updated: May 22, 2017

FY18 President Trump’s First Full Budget | Live Analysis See our full analysis of President Trump's first full budget request. ... Read More

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FY2017 Omnibus - TCS Analysis

May 01, 2017

FY2017 Omnibus - TCS Analysis With 20 years of experience, TCS staff will be combing through the FY2017 Omnibus spending plan and posting our observations and analyses... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter | Endorsing Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act.

April 26, 2017

Letter | Endorsing Rep. McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act. Taxpayers for Common Sense and 21 other organizations sent the following letter to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), in support... Read More

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Impact of Federal Budget Gimmicks: Changes in Mandatory Program Spending (ChIMPS)

October 31, 2016

  In budgetary parlance, ChIMPS refers to the process of using annual spending bills to limit spending on a mandatory spending program... Read More

Reports & Data

Reform the Tax Code

September 22, 2016

The U.S. tax code last underwent a major overhaul 30 years ago. Today, it is a confusing thicket of narrow carve-outs, parochial preferences,... Read More

Tax Reform Turns 30

September 08, 2016 > Updated: September 08, 2016

Event | Showdown at Gucci Gulch Revisited: Lessons Learned from 1986 Tax Reform  On September 22, 2016, Taxpayers for Common Sense held... Read More

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August 01, 2016

The Weekly Wastebasket newsletter is a weekly online commentary highlighting a timely budget problem -- along with our solutions. The... Read More

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Congress cannot squander a rare opportunity for reform

September 14, 2017 | The Washington Times

If you believe Congress should focus on cutting taxes for the American people, reducing the size of government, and ending decades of wasteful... Read More

Exploiting Hurricane Harvey: Fiscal hawks fear big spenders will capitalize on Harvey relief bill

August 30, 2017 | Washington Examiner

A $100 steak knife, a $600 filing cabinet, $300,000 in sports equipment and an $88,000 tactical combat vehicle may have nothing to do with... Read More

Take the Hard Route on Tax Reform

August 03, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Mitch McConnell should take up Democrats on their offer to work together toward reforming the tax code. ... Read More

Congress fights Navy decision to discontinue sailors’ iconic peacoat

August 03, 2017 | The Richmond Register

When the late sculptor Stanley Bleifeld designed a bronze statue for the U.S. Naval Memorial in Washington, he depicted a lone sailor warning... Read More

Three key Donald Trump appointees owe IRS back taxes

August 02, 2017 | PRI

At least three of President Donald Trump’s political appointees are drawing taxpayer-funded paychecks while owing the Internal Revenue Service... Read More

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September 21, 2017

Lots of Lawmaker To-Dos

Congress may have kicked the end of fiscal year spending issue can down the legislative road for a couple... Read More

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The President’s Budget for FY2018

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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