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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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Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick

July 12, 2016

Fiscal Conservative Coalition Tells Congress to Scrap OCO Deadline Gimmick On Tuesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense joined with 17 other fiscal conservative organizations in sending a letter to all members of Congress... Read More

Letters & Testimony

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions

June 30, 2016

NDAA: Right/ Left Groups Urge Fiscal Conservative Positions TCS and Right/Left groups sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging fiscally conservative positions for the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Defense Appropriations: Right/Left Groups Urge Yes Votes on Fiscally Responsible Amendments

June 15, 2016

Defense Appropriations: Right/Left Groups Urge Yes Votes on Fiscally Responsible Amendments TCS and other groups urged lawmakers today to vote in favor of the following fiscally responsible defense appropriations amendments.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision

June 15, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to Vote Again to End Wasteful Provision TCS sent the letter below urging lawmakers to vote again to end a decades-old, wasteful requirement to ship anthracite coal from Pennsylvania to heat U.S. military bases in Germany. ... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order

June 13, 2016

Fiscal Conservatives Agree: Make Amendment #8 In Order TCS and other fiscal conservative groups urged lawmakers to rule in order an amendment to strike a wasteful provision from the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill.... Read More

Our Take

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed all... Read More

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Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

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

TCS appearances in the media in National Security

Thoughts On Keeping Congress Afloat

July 06, 2016 | Hill Country News

The good news is the U.S. Navy is getting a new ship in 2017. The bad news is the department of defense doesn’t want it. The new line of... Read More

Groups Urge Lawmakers to Reject OCO Plug for Pentagon

July 05, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA

July 1 — A coalition of anti-federal spending and pro-peace groups sent a letter urging lawmakers to reject using the Overseas Contingency... Read More

Congress Buys the Navy A $400 Million Pork Ship

July 05, 2016 | Politico Magazine

In the nearly eight years since the first Littoral Combat Ship was delivered to the Navy, it hasn’t won many ardent fans beyond the Navy,... Read More

Ellis: After Flood, Congress Must Adjust Disaster Policies

July 05, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s devastating floods are a stark reminder that storms have become increasingly unpredictable, dangerous and deadly. This tragedy... Read More

Advocacy Groups Oppose OCO-to-Base Funding Shift

June 30, 2016 | Inside Defense

A letter has been drafted by a team of anti-war and anti-debt advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum encouraging members of... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

June 17, 2016

Opportunities for Fiscal Responsibility in the House

This week the rubber met the road, from a federal spending perspective, in the House of Representatives. The... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

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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