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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TCS Statement on the Senate Passing the CROmnibus spending bill

December 14, 2014

TCS Statement on the Senate Passing the CROmnibus spending bill Saturday night the Senate voted 56-40 to pass the CROmnibus. As we have documented (and will continue to document) this bill has many flaws,... Read More

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Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending

December 12, 2014

Stocking Stuffers in CROmnibus’ Pentagon Spending The Pentagon portion of the CROmnibus is liberally sprinkled with funding for programs the Pentagon either wants to end or never asked for in... Read More


Statement by Ms. Ryan Alexander, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense on the fiscal year 2015 Omnib

December 10, 2014

Statement by Ms. Ryan Alexander, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense on the fiscal year 2015 Omnib We will analyze this bill and find various spending nuggets and legislative provisions, both good and bad, and then it's time to turn the page... Read More

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CROmnibus Analysis Blog

December 09, 2014

CROmnibus Analysis Blog The eagerly anticipated CROmnibus, that will provide funding for the federal government for fiscal year 2015, has finally been... Read More

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Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database

November 17, 2014

Green Scissors Coalition Releases New Subsidy Database New, interactive database identifies environmentally-harmful government waste... Read More

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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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Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

October 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to examine... 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

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Sandy Supplemental Data

February 12, 2013

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

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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Tax Reform Is Feasible in the 114th Congress

January 07, 2015 | Capital Insider

The GOP assumed control of both chambers of Congress on Tuesday and set the stage for another round of fierce partisan battles. At issue:... Read More

How Congress Can Get Serious about the Budget

January 07, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The 114th Congress begins this week, marking an opportunity for a fresh start to tackle old problems. The 112th and 113th Congresses both made... Read More

The Congress that Cried Wolf

January 07, 2015 | reason.com

The newly dominant GOP swept into Washington after November muttering promises about fiscal discipline. But the last time Republicans... Read More

Congress, May I?

December 24, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

The latest defense authorization bill prevents the Pentagon from making money-saving reforms.... Read More

Policy groups take on extenders

December 18, 2014 | Politico

TOP 10 ‘MOST GLUTTONOUS’ EXTENDERS. Taypayers for Common Sense published a list of what it considers the 10 most egregious tax extenders... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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January 16, 2015

The Fiscal State of the Union

Article II of Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution directs that the President “… shall from time to time give to... Read More

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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