Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

A New Dawn at USDA

April 28, 2017 | Agriculture

More than three months after Inauguration Day, the United States Department of Agriculture now has a Secretary. Former Governor of Georgia... Read More

Crunch Time on Spending Bill

April 21, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The clock is ticking. The legislation authorizing government funding expires April 28, a mere week away. Congress is still in recess... Read More

Congress Must Reform the Broken Tax Code

April 14, 2017 |

As if you didn’t know, tax day is right around the corner. You do get a slight reprieve in that you don’t have to pay Uncle Sam his due... Read More

Air Force Nominee’s Flights of Fancy

April 07, 2017 | National Security

The Senate Armed Services Committee recently held a hearing on former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s nomination to be Air Force... Read More

Harvesting Taxpayer Cash

March 31, 2017 | Agriculture

It’s planting season across the country, and in Washington the Agriculture Committees are preparing the legislative fields for a new... Read More

Performance Budgeting

March 24, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Most of the coverage of President Trump’s “skinny” budget focused on spending cuts, eliminated agencies, and boosted defense and... Read More

The Skinniest Budget Proposal

March 17, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The President’s “skinny” budget request for fiscal year 2018 came out this week – sort of. These requests from newby Presidents are... Read More

Debt Ceiling Deadline

March 10, 2017 | Budget & Tax

March 16th is the new D-day. As in debt limit day. That is the expiration date of Congressional permission for the Treasury to continue... Read More

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation on Tuesday. As would be expected of any new President, he laid out... Read More

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

February 24, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers because royalty payments... Read More

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