Earmarks & AppropriationsEarmarks & Appropriations

Congressional earmarks are one of the best examples of how Congress’ appetite for parochial spending led the nation into our current budgetary hole. Too often, lawmakers have based federal spending decisions on the needs of narrow private interests, rather than appropriating funds...More

only for effective, efficient programs that deliver taxpayers the greatest value. Though technically banned, earmark spending still exists in different forms, and is just one of many ways Congress sidesteps responsible budgeting and spending.

Although Congress is responsible for our nation’s finances, it continues to fail in its national budgeting, as evidenced by a national debt larger than our entire economy. The way forward lies in the legislative and executive branches working together to establish clear and transparent criteria and metrics for spending. They must ensure that all spending decisions are based on merit, competition, or well-designed and effective formulas.

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Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee

August 06, 2014

Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a markup of the chamber’s FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill only to pull it... Read More

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill

July 18, 2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill This week the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. When all was said and done, the... Read More

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Energy and Water Bill Passes House

July 16, 2014

Energy and Water Bill Passes House On Thursday, the House approved a $34 billion energy and water spending bill, providing funding for projects ranging from water development... Read More

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TCS Analysis of President’s Supplemental Budget Request

July 08, 2014

TCS Analysis of President’s Supplemental Budget Request Today the Administration submitted to the Congress an emergency supplemental request for $4.3 billion. Here's our ongoing analysis.... Read More

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Precursor Earmarks in Defense Authorization Bill?

May 13, 2014

In today’s Washington Post, there’s a story about a provision that was tucked into the FY15 National Defense Authorization. The provision... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint Letter: Consider H.R. 1380 Creating Access to Reports to Congress

February 18, 2014

Joint Letter: Consider H.R. 1380 Creating Access to Reports to Congress Today, TCS joined with a coalition of good government groups to send a letter urging House leadership to take up H.R. 1380, a bill that... Read More

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Earmark and Appropriations Data

October 29, 2013

Earmark Data Even under an existing moratorium, earmarks have received a lot of attention in the media, in Congress, and around the water... Read More

Reports & Data

Sandy Supplemental Data

February 12, 2013

Sandy Supplemental Data As Washington debates the merits of a supplemental spending bill in response to superstorm Sandy, this database lists of all the spending in... Read More

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Analysis of Selected Provisions in Hurricane Sandy Emergency Spending Proposals

December 17, 2012 > Updated: January 10, 2013

Analysis of Selected Provisions in Hurricane Sandy Emergency Spending Proposals Update January 10, 2013: We’ve combed through the House Appropriations Chairman Rogers Sandy Supplemental bill (HR 152 and his amendment... Read More

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Evolution of Earmarks

November 07, 2012

Evolution of Earmarks Evolution of Earmarks and Earmark Disclosure in Recent Years... Read More

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Local Public Agencies Spend Thousands to Hire Washington Lobbyists

September 24, 2014 | Ventura County Star

WASHINGTON — Several Ventura County public agencies have spent more than $228,000 in taxpayers' money for Washington lobbyists so far this... Read More

How Obama Will Pay for His War

September 15, 2014 | Roll Call

The White House doesn’t know yet how much the new war with ISIS will cost, but it knows how it will pay for it: the all-purpose war funding... Read More

No earmarks, but still plenty for lawmakers to take credit for

July 23, 2014 | Washington Post

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) strongly defended his earmarking record while facing a far right primary challenger who attacked him as a big... Read More

Kingston celebrates, defends record

July 21, 2014 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SAVANNAH --- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's answer to one of the crucial questions facing his party is deceptively simple. When asked about... Read More

5 Reasons the Appropriations Process Matters

July 18, 2014 | US News & World Report

Passing spending bills can be tough work, but it's time Congress exercised its legislating muscles.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 22, 2014

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out

Prior to taking office as President, one of Senator Obama’s major accomplishments was the enactment of the... Read More

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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