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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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Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier

March 25, 2015

Congress Making Defense Slush Fund Slushier In the House and Senate budget resolutions, lawmakers are funneling $38 billion more into the Pentagon's slush fund than the Pentagon... Read More

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Slush Fund Is 2nd Largest Agency in House Budget Resolution

March 17, 2015

Slush Fund Is 2nd Largest Agency in House Budget Resolution Under the President’s original budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, if the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund was a separate federal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Adherence to Budget Control Act

February 27, 2015

  Representative Tom Price, Chairman Committee on Budget U.S. House of Representatives 207 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC... 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

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Highlights of Department of Defense Reclama of House and Senate Authorization Bills

October 31, 2014

Earlier this month the Pentagon submitted to the Congress its views on open issues in the Defense Authorization legislation.  When Congress... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations

October 16, 2014

Bipartisan Coalition Sends Letter to Armed Services With Final NDAA Recommendations TCS joined a coalition of groups in making money-saving recommendations to save Defense dollars.... Read More

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F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most expensive... Read More

Fact Sheets

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014

At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

Fact Sheets

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill

June 12, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense combed through the National Defense Authorization legislation, as it was passed by the House of Representatives,... Read More

Fact Sheets

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform

May 27, 2014

Immigration reform is a perennial topic at the forefront of the political discourse in Washington. The media reports that there is movement... Read More

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Hous GOP Approves Budget to Hike Defense, Slash Safety-Net Programs

March 27, 2015 | The Los Angeles Times

House Republicans pushed past their internal divisions to approve a budget blueprint Wednesday, putting the new Congress on track to notch a... Read More

5 Gimmicks in the GOP’s “Gimmick-Free” Budget

March 18, 2015 | The Fiscal Times

The new House GOP budget for fiscal 2016 declares that “we do not rely on gimmicks or creative accounting tricks” to slash spending by $5.5... Read More

The House Republican Budget Is an Imperfect Step Forward

March 18, 2015 | Rare

Tuesday morning, the House Budget Committee released its 2016 Budget Resolution. The resolution is much better than the President’s most... Read More

House GOP Wants to Give Pentagon a Boost

March 18, 2015 | National Journal

here are plenty of ways Republicans could lose this year's massive intraparty fight over the budget. But so far there is at least one big... Read More

How Republicans Could Blow the Budget

March 17, 2015 | National Journal

It may be hard to believe, given the stumbles of the last three months, but the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill is about to face its... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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March 20, 2015

Broken Budget Promises

Budget battles are never pretty, particularly when the White House is in the hands of one political party and... Read More

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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