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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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The Rules Don’t Apply to Us

October 07, 2015

The Rules Don’t Apply to Us That may well be the rallying cry of the Pentagon budgeteers in the last dozen or more years. And they’ve been aided and abetted in this point... Read More

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Who’re You Calling a CR?

September 01, 2015

Who’re You Calling a CR? Given the Congress’ utter abdication of its Constitutionally-mandated power to decide how federal dollars will be spent, we are now less than... Read More

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Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee

July 17, 2015

Homeland Security in the House Appropriations Committee This week the House Committee on Appropriations took up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).... Read More


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


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

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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


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

2016 Defense Authorization Bill Avoids Many Budget Shenanigans

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

The National Defense Authorization is the bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. This massive piece of legislation sets the table for the... Read More

Wins and Losses in Spending Bill

September 24, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

The Pentagon didn't get the authority it 'required' but it got more money than it needed.... Read More

Trim the Pentagon’s Fat

August 26, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Here are some easy cuts the Pentagon can make to avoid the dreaded sequester.... Read More

Minimally Effective, Extremely Expensive

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

Taxpayers can't afford the massive, growing cost of the Pentagon's F-35 program.... Read More

Rising Drug Costs the Real Stumbling Block for Defense Measure

August 13, 2015 | Bloomberg

Congressional debate over the annual defense policy measure often centers on hot-button issues such as the future of the military prison at... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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October 09, 2015

“More Love” for the Pentagon

The Capitol this week was more like a German Opera, but we’ll invoke a little Motown sound to describe how some... Read More

20th Anniversary Celebration

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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