Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

Majority (In)Action

June 23, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Congress is always slow to get legislating the first year of a new President’s term. But even by that measure the 115th is... Read More

Farm Bill 101: Once Again, For the People in the Back

June 16, 2017 | Agriculture

It’s easy to forget that not everyone's plugged into the sausage-making process of producing federal policy. Big ticket issues like... Read More

Into the Wild Blue Yonder on an Executive Jet

June 09, 2017 | Budget & Tax , National Security

At TCS, we read the budget materials — not just the summaries and the press releases that tell you what the budget writers want you to... Read More

Fiscal Reality & Wishful Thinking

June 02, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Last week was big for us budget nerds. There was, of course, the President’s first full budget—which we dived into. A day later, the... Read More

The President’s Budget, Explained

May 26, 2017 | Budget & Tax

There was plenty of coffee and donuts at the office this week—both necessary to TCS’s mission to be a reality check on the federal... Read More

Trump(eting) The Budget

May 19, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The first full budget of the Trump Administration is expected to be released on Tuesday.  This will be the version – with thousands of... Read More


May 12, 2017 | Budget & Tax

A week ago the long, winding saga of the omnibus spending bill to fund government in fiscal year (FY) 2017 came to an end. More than... Read More

Yet Another Flood, Again

As forecasts call for more rain in throughout the flood ravaged Midwest, it serves as a tragic reminder. Sadly, these “historic” levels... Read More

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... 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

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