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    Lots of Lawmaker To-Dos

    September 21, 2017

    Congress may have kicked the end of fiscal year spending issue can down the legislative road for a couple months, but it’s still a long... Read More

    Lots of Lawmaker To-Dos

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Knifing the Budget Caps

September 15, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Knifing the Budget Caps Self-control is hard. It’s apparently especially hard if you’re a member of Congress doling out taxpayer dollars. Just look at current... Read More

Time To Rethink Disaster Relief And Related Spending

September 08, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Time To Rethink Disaster Relief And Related Spending Nearly $15 billion in disaster assistance is likely to clear Congress this week. But with Hurricane Irma projected to hit Florida this... Read More

Post-Harvey: Can’t Afford Business As Usual

September 01, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Post-Harvey: Can’t Afford Business As Usual Sadly, the nation is about to find out – again – that our federal disaster policies are failing taxpayers and the people impacted by... Read More

Ignoring Agricultural Realities at the Taxpayer’s Expense

August 25, 2017 | Agriculture

Ignoring Agricultural Realities at the Taxpayer’s Expense The end of August marks the return of farmers to their fields to prepare for harvest and the return of lawmakers to Washington to... Read More

Flooding Costs Taxpayers Dearly

Flooding Costs Taxpayers Dearly How is President Trump going to protect waste of taxpayer money on high risk construction after eliminating a common sense flood... Read More

Budget Shenanigans to Build a Border Wall

August 11, 2017 | National Security

Budget Shenanigans to Build a Border Wall The inner workings of how the House of Representatives passes legislation is a rock you might not want to kick over. Goodness knows... Read More

Cyber Security — How Much Does It Cost? Where Does Your Tax Money Go?

August 04, 2017 | National Security

Cyber Security — How Much Does It Cost? Where Does Your Tax Money Go? With malicious hacking and other cyber threats on the rise, Taxpayers for Common Sense recently turned our attention to how much the... Read More

The CBO - Don’t Kill the Messenger

July 28, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The CBO - Don’t Kill the Messenger Taxpayers scored a victory Wednesday when House lawmakers debating 2018 spending bills soundly rejected efforts to gut the Congressional... Read More

Flood Insurance Needs More Common Sense

Flood Insurance Needs More Common Sense You’d think that if the notoriously partisan House of Representatives could come together and pass substantive legislation unanimously... Read More

Crisis Governing Continues

July 14, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Crisis Governing Continues This week 43 years ago Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto and established the current federal budget process. It is certainly... Read More

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