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Providing for the common defense is a government function enshrined in our constitution. But every defense dollar we spend beyond our needs “has a long-term weakening effect upon the nation and its security,” in the words of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Defense spending accounts for the...More

largest portion of the federal discretionary budget and is packed with contracts for goods and services the military does not even need, let alone want. Congress could find hundreds of billions of dollars in savings by reforming Defense Department contracts, delaying or eliminating costly, problematic weapons systems, and right-sizing our force to handle 21st-century conflicts.

Transparency and accountability for spending decisions at all national security agencies is critical to the task of trimming the federal budget and the national debt. These agencies include the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State, as well as the Department of Energy’s nuclear-weapons functions.

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Taxpayer Groups Urge No Vote on Baldwin “Buy American” Amendment

September 14, 2017

Taxpayer Groups Urge No Vote on Baldwin “Buy American” Amendment Taxpayers for Common Sense and National Taxpayers Union sent the following letter to the Senate urging Members to reject an amendment to the 'National Defense Authorization Act' that would maintain protectionist provisions... Read More

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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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Fiscal Groups Support Amendments to Cut New Pentagon Slush Fund

July 25, 2017

Fiscal Groups Support Amendments to Cut New Pentagon Slush Fund TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives supporting amendments geared towards eliminating the "National Defense Restoration Fund".... Read More

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Pentagon $ Shouldn’t Pay for a Border Wall

July 24, 2017

Pentagon $ Shouldn’t Pay for a Border Wall TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives arguing against Pentagon money going to President Trump's proposed border wall. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

NDAA Pro-Taxpayer Recommendations

July 13, 2017

NDAA Pro-Taxpayer Recommendations TCS sent the following letter to the House of Representatives in anticipation of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. ... Read More

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Fiscal Conservative Amendments to Include in NDAA

July 11, 2017

Fiscal Conservative Amendments to Include in NDAA TCS joined 10 other organization in sending a letter urging the House Rules Committee to consider the following amendments on H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization bill for Fiscal Year 2018.... Read More

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Why Does the Tool Exclude Department of Defense Operations and Maintenance?

June 01, 2017

The Pentagon’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget lines are a significant portion of each year’s budget request. As a reference... Read More

What Does the U.S. Government Spend on Cyber Issues? Nobody Knows

June 01, 2017

The federal government’s cyber security role is complex, and involves protecting federal information systems, determining the appropriate... Read More

Do Spikes in Federal Spending Correspond with known Cyber Attacks?

June 01, 2017

Unclassified federal cyber spending spiked in Fiscal Year 2011 and again in Fiscal Year 2015. It makes sense that these surges, in both... Read More

What is This Database?

June 01, 2017

When it comes to cyber spending, of this much we are sure: The federal government spends a boatload of money. How many billions Taxpayers... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Thankful Corker Stood Up To Pentagon Spending

September 21, 2017 | The Chattanoogan

I’m writing to thank Senator Bob Corker for his principled stand on the issue of Pentagon spending.  Earlier this week, Senator Corker voted... Read More

America Needs More Common Sense on Pentagon Spending

September 21, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Congress is gambling with America's fiscal future by continuing to throw money at the Pentagon... Read More

Congress considers the fate of the Navy’s speedy but troubled combat ship

September 11, 2017 | 89.3 KPCC

Congress is getting ready to decide the fate of the Littoral Combat Ship program. The speedy, high-tech warship designed to operate near shorelines has been plagued with delays, mechanical problems and cost overruns throughout its life.... Read More

How much does federal government spend on cybersecurity?

September 06, 2017 | Fifth Domain

Everybody talks about cybersecurity, but does anybody spend $28 billion to do something about it? Well, yes, the U.S. government spends... Read More

President Trump’s Reckless Wall Ultimatum

August 31, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report

Threatening a shutdown won't spur Congress to action. ... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 11, 2017

Budget Shenanigans to Build a Border Wall

The inner workings of how the House of Representatives passes legislation is a rock you might not want to... Read More

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