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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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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill

July 18, 2014

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $550 Billion Spending Bill This week the Senate Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. When all was said and done, the... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35

July 17, 2014

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began its consideration of H.R. 4870, the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill

July 09, 2014

Support common sense amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill Taxpayers for Common Sense recommends an “aye” vote on the following amendments.... Read More

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White House Releases More Details on Pentagon Slushfund Account

June 26, 2014

White House Releases More Details on Pentagon Slushfund Account Today, after months of delay, the Administration put some flesh to the bones of its Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request for fiscal... Read More

Press Releases

Right, Left Groups React to Administration’s War Funding Request

June 26, 2014

Right, Left Groups React to Administration’s War Funding Request TCS joined with groups from the right & left to critique the Administration’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request as out of step with fiscal responsibility... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS urges support for Defense Appropriations amendments

June 19, 2014

TCS urges support for Defense Appropriations amendments TCS combed through the amendments drafted for consideration during the debate on H.R. 4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015. ... Read More

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

June 30, 2014

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

Pre-cursor Earmarks (?) in the Defense Bill 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

Just the facts about Border “Security” and Immigration Reform Immigration reform is a perennial topic at the forefront of the political discourse in Washington. The media reports that there is movement... Read More

Fact Sheets

Top 10 Reasons It’s Time to Re-Think OCO

May 19, 2014

Taxpayers for Common Sense and the National Taxpayers Union are in agreement the Administration and the Congress must re-examine the use of... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Who Pays to Take Out the Islamic State?

August 29, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

At a recent press briefing in the Pentagon, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin... Read More

Military Equipment for Local Police Questioned Amid Ferguson Violence

August 20, 2014 | CNN

Joe Johns looks at a federal program that provides heavy equipment to police forces like Ferguson. JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON... Read More

Pentagon provides military equipment to Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

August 20, 2014 | Ventura County Star

WASHINGTON -- The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has received more than 200 M-16 or M-14 rifles, 1,800 flashlights, a helicopter,... Read More

Taxpayer Group Knocks Senate Defense Spending Bill

July 21, 2014 | CQ Roll Call Defense Blog

Taxpayers for Common Sense found fault with the House’s fiscal 2015 Defense spending bill, and the group now has its share of gripes with... Read More

The Pentagon’s slush fund

July 16, 2014 | WJLA ABC News 7 Capitol Insider

The Defense Department has requested nearly $60 billion for overseas contingency operations. That's in addition to the nearly $500 billion... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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May 30, 2014

Just Say No to OCO

The Senate Armed Services Committee has finished its work on the fiscal year 2015 National Defense... Read More

Corporate Welfare in Agribusiness

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How US agriculture policy favors corporations over family farms.

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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