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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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The President’s FY2018 ‘Skinny Budget’ Analysis

March 15, 2017

The President’s FY2018 ‘Skinny Budget’ Analysis With 20 years of experience, TCS staff will be combing through the President's fiscal year (FY) 2018 'skinny' budget and posting our... Read More

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Committee Votes Should be Recorded For Legislation Approving More Than $100 Million

September 14, 2016

Committee Votes Should be Recorded For Legislation Approving More Than $100 Million TCS joined other fiscal conservative organizations to tell Congress they should require a recorded committee vote on legislation approving... Read More

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Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules

August 24, 2016

Coalition Decries Provision to Relax Pentagon FOIA Rules TCS joins 40 organizations from across the political spectrum to decry provisions that would let the Pentagon skirt recently strengthened... Read More

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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

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TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options

June 09, 2016

TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options TCS sent the letter below to lawmakers urging them to vote NO on H.Con.Res.89, which would limit tax reform options by keeping a carbon tax off the table.... Read More

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Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... 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

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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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Common Sense Cuts for the 114th Congress

April 15, 2015

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers with $2 trillion in Deficit Reduction... Read More

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Spicer Mum on Bennet-Gardner Proposal to Arrest ‘Naughty’ Senators if Government Shuts Down

April 14, 2017 | The Colorado Statesman

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer this week declined to weigh in on proposals to punish members of Congress if they can’t avert a... Read More

Dock Their Pay, Arrest Senators. Lawmakers Propose Punishment for Missing Budget Deadlines

April 12, 2017 | Sacramento Bee

If Congress can't keep the government running, lawmakers' pay should be docked. Or senators should be required to stick around the Capitol... Read More

Tax Reform Must Be Bipartisan

April 12, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress and President Trump should reach across the aisle for tax reform.... Read More

Trump’s ‘Skinny’ Budget Disappoints But There’s Still Good News on Spending

March 22, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

The Pentagon is backing away from expensive F-35s in its latest budget request.... Read More

Iowa Lawmakers Vow to Study Local Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts

March 22, 2017 | The Daily Nonpareil

WASHINGTON — After President Donald Trump proposed deep cuts to domestic spending programs, Iowa lawmakers were quick to point out that the... Read More

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April 21, 2017

Crunch Time on Spending Bill

The clock is ticking. The legislation authorizing government funding expires April 28, a mere week away.... 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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