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Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014: Commentary and Analysis

May 19, 2014 | Policy Briefs | Transportation & Infrastructure

The Conference report on H.R. 3080 is a missed opportunity to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible... Read More

Shallow Loss Program Update

February 25, 2014 | Policy Briefs | Agriculture

Shallow Loss Program Update On Feb. 7, the President signed a new trillion dollar farm bill, H.R. 2642, into law. TCS criticized the bill for a litany of reasons... Read More

Farm Bill Pet Projects

January 29, 2014 | Policy Briefs | Agriculture

Lawmakers love piling on special pet projects for their special someones. The Senate and House Agriculture Committees are no different.... Read More

Domestic Production Activities Deduction (Section 199): Ineffective Tax Policy

November 04, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations

Related Resources: Just the Facts about the Domestic Production Activities Deduction The domestic... Read More

Last-In, First-Out Accounting: Permanent Tax Deferral for a Select Group of Taxpayers

November 01, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Budget & Tax , Energy

Last-in, first-out (LIFO) is a method for estimating the value of a company’s inventory against the value of goods sold in a given year.... Read More

Mortgage Interest Deduction: Time for Reform

November 01, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Earmarks & Appropriations

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) allows homeowners to deduct from their taxable income the interest payments on home mortgage... Read More

House 2013 Water Resources Development Act: Commentary and Analysis

October 21, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Transportation & Infrastructure

House 2013 Water Resources Development Act: Commentary and Analysis H.R. 3080 represents an abdication of responsibility of Congress to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally... Read More

Sen. Harkin Proposes New Corn Ethanol Subsidies

October 08, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Agriculture , Energy

Sen. Harkin Proposes New Corn Ethanol Subsidies Prior to the government shutdown last week, Senator Harkin (D-IA) introduced a new bill to boost subsidies for the mature corn ethanol... Read More

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013

October 01, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Budget & Tax , Natural Resources , Transportation & Infrastructure

Analysis of Selected Sections of S. 601, Water Resources Development Act of 2013 The Senate's Environment and Public Works committee is taking up a water project bill that could cost taxpayers billions.... Read More

House WRDA Bill Misses the Mark on Inland Waterways

September 19, 2013 | Policy Briefs | Transportation & Infrastructure

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, H.R. 3080, fails to... Read More

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July 25, 2014

Van Halen Port Policy

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song from the 1980s could just as easily be... Read More