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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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Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern”

June 11, 2015

Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern” Last week we awarded the Golden Fleece to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for continuing the absurd practice of sending... Read More

Statements

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment

June 10, 2015

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment On behalf of our organizations and our combined memberships, we urge your support for a fiscally-sound, bi-partisan amendment ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter: How to Vote for Taxpayers on NDAA Amendments

May 15, 2015

Letter: How to Vote for Taxpayers on NDAA Amendments On Thursday, as the House of Representatives debated the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 1735, members offered a number of... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Backs NDAA Amendment to Stop a Shipbuilding Slippery Slope

May 15, 2015

TCS Backs NDAA Amendment to Stop a Shipbuilding Slippery Slope On Thursday, TCS wrote the House of Representatives to support an amendment offered by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Jared Polis (D-CO) to... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS & NTU Ask House Rules Committee to Allow Fiscally Responsible Amendments

May 13, 2015

TCS & NTU Ask House Rules Committee to Allow Fiscally Responsible Amendments On Tuesday, TCS and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) sent a letter urging the House Rules Committee to deem certain amendments in order for... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA

May 07, 2015

Joint letter from TCS & POGO to Members of the House on the good, the bad and the ugly in the NDAA Taxpayers for Common Sense and the Project on Government Oversight sent the following letter to each member of the House of Representatives on... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Anthracite Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 12, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on U.S. anthracite shipment to Kaiserslautern, Germany.... Read More

Reports & Data

Congressional Floor debate on the Huffman-McClintock amendment

June 12, 2015

The House debate on the anthracite coal shipments.... Read More

Awards

Golden Fleece: Coal to Kaiserslautern

June 04, 2015

(Note: an update to the report regarding the cost of the provision in question was published on June 15, 2015 - see below)  TCS Awards the... Read More

Reports & Data

How To Reform U.S. Disaster Policy To Prepare For A Riskier Future

April 21, 2015

Taxpayers for Common Sense joined fellow fiscal groups, consumer advocates, environmental organizations, and insurance interests in the... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Commentary: Reject Navy’s Budget Gimmick

June 30, 2015 | Defense News

Congressional defense appropriators and authorizers are engaged in an oversight food fight over the Ohio-class replacement program to acquire... Read More

Jeb Bush says Democrats ‘responsible’ for ‘swift, mindless’ cuts to defense spending

June 22, 2015 | PolitiFact

The size and scope of the U.S. military is already becoming an issue on the presidential campaign trail. During his presidential campaign... Read More

Sink This Navy Budget Gimmick

June 18, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Bad ideas have a way of taking root in Washington. A generation's attempts to solve problems in the U.S. economy run the gamut from that old... Read More

After the Flood, Another Flood

June 12, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

On May 30, President Barack Obama declared parts of Texas a disaster area from the recent flooding. A disaster declaration comes after a... Read More

Shipping U.S. Coal

June 10, 2015 | Capitol Insider

For more than five decades taxpayers have been paying to send coal to Germany. Why? Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 05, 2015

You Load Sixteen Tons, and What Do You Get?

Another day older and deeper in debt. That’s Tennessee Ernie Ford’s answer in his 1955 hit, “Sixteen Tons.” The... Read More

U.S. Coal to Germany

The Unaffordable F-35

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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