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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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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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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

Letters & Testimony

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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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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Recess Is Delayed

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

Even with extra time in August, Congress has a lot to do to fulfill its responsibilities. ... Read More

House NFIP reform legislation holds promise and pitfalls

July 06, 2017 | Business Insurance

The package of bills adopted by a key House of Representatives committee to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and put it on a... Read More

Appropriations Aren’t an Afterthought

June 14, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress mustn't neglect its basic budgeting responsibilities.... Read More

Congress and the President Can’t Rely on Budget Gimmicks

June 01, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Real fiscal solutions needed.... Read More

Veronique de Rugy: A budget to preserve the swamp?

May 29, 2017 | Twin Cities Pioneer Press

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal is finally out, and it boldly promises to deliver a “new foundation for American greatness.” I... Read More

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July 14, 2017

Crisis Governing Continues

This week 43 years ago Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto and established the current federal budget... 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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